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I have had sever acne since I was around 13 years old, large carbuncles formed on my face, chest, back and neck frequently until I started a 6 month course of Roacutane which cleared this up until I was 20, then it started up again and a further course was taken which worked, but it seems that after 5 years after taking the drug sebum production kicks back in again outbreaks occur.
I don't want to make this post too long, so I will say; Roacutane caused sever phychological side effects, so I'd rather not use that drug again.
I'm now 35, I hardly have any acne on my face, but I do get occasionaly get large carbuncles, mostly on my chest and currently have 3 on my chest. I am determined to find out why this is happening and what kind of treatments are available. (apart from Roacutane)
I began doing some extensive research and have taken an interest in a possible cause and cure for this condition.
I found a thread on a website which discussed Staphylocuccus aureus as a cause of outbreaks of sever acne, this bacteria can be found in the nose and ears and can be transfered to other parts of the body and cause infections.
A subject with frequent sever carbuncles used a daily application of Mupirocin (TAO) for 4 weeks that was applied inside the nose and ears, this cleared up the infection and subsiquently cleared up the server acne and carbuncles. After several weeks another S. aureus test was done and no futher collonisation was found.
Some people who test positive for S. aureus have painful sores inside their nose, I don't have this problem, so this is why I am unsure that my skin is being infected by it.
is it worth exploring this further? I was considering asking my GP if i could have a test done for S. aureus or if being referred to a dermatologist to discuss this ideas is worth doing.
Please can someone with knowledge on sever acne / carbuncles advise me on this?
I appreciate your help.
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