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What is Acne Fulminans

Acne fulminans is an uncommon severe form of acne. It is also known as "acne maligna". Acne fulminans is a sudden onset of highly destructive inflammation. It appears suddenly in a person with inflammatory acne and is characterized by:

  • Symptoms of severe and often ulcerating acne

  • Fever

  • Inflammation and aching of joints, especially hips and knees

Symptoms of Acne Fulminans

Symptoms include severe lesions, fever, arthritis and failure to respond to antibacterial therapy. It is best treated with steroids.

Treatment of Acne Fulminans

Corticosteroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be given to reduce inflammation. Attacks of acne fulminans may recur, and the patient may develop acne that requires long-term treatment with isotretinoin. Hosptilization may be required.

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