The Dermatology Times recently featured an article titled “Top 10 Dermatology Stories of 2018.” The article reveals the top ten issues and topics that the readers found the most compelling in 2018.
One of the leading articles for the Dermatology Times was titled “Avoid Antibiotics for Acne Treatment When Possible.” They discovered that using antibiotics against acne wasn’t as helpful as they originally believed. Many dermatologists used antibiotics because they thought that acne was caused by infections caused by bacteria. However, the latest science reveals that acne is not a bacterial infection.
Though some antibiotics work, you want to avoid them whenever possible. When you use new antibiotics, the bacteria are able to resist them because some of the bacteria survive. Despite being only 1% of physicians, dermatologists subscribe almost 5% of the prescriptions for antibiotics. Though they may work against acne in the short term, they can cause severe damage later. The biggest issue is that patients are left using antibiotics for years, allowing the antimicrobial resistance to create super bacteria that is able to resist most antibiotics.
Another popular article was titled “Is it Acne or Pityosporum Folliculitis?” The article focuses on helping physicians understand the difference between acne and pityrosporum folliculitis. This will often show up on the upper back and the hairline and it is a fungal condition. When dermatologists use an antibiotic against it, it will often make the condition worse. Acne is often caused by increased production in sebum while the pityrosorum folliculitis looks incredibly similar.
Dr. Tim Ioannides is a dermatologist at the Treasure Coast Dermatology Clinic. The clinic has a variety of locations including the Martin, Indian River, and Port St. Lucie counties.
Dr. Tim Ioannides is the founder of Treasure Coast Dermatology and Tim focuses on creating a practice that begins with a proactive approach.
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