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A Case Against Long-Term Antibiotic Use: Folliculitis
Indiscriminate and infrequently monitored antibiotic use can pave the way for serious infection.
Gram-negative* folliculitis is characterized by the sudden development of superficial pustules in patients suffering from long-standing rosacea treated with oral and/or topical antibiotics.
The long-term use of antibiotics creates an ecological imbalance of microbial flora, suppressing gram-positive resident organisms.
A variety of gram-negative* bacteria are involved, including Pseudomonas and Enterobacteriaceae.
The condition can affect any part of the body.
Treatment-resistant folliculitis is only one of the possible complications of extended topical or systemic (oral) antibiotic use in rosacea treatment.
To avoid adverse effects, minimize antibiotic use as recommended by a health care professional with expertise in the long-term management of rosacea.
"Gram negative” refers to the staining pattern of the organisms in the laboratory. Certain bacteria do not take up a stain known as “Gram.”
Author: Peter Wilson.
Reviewed: Tuesday, 20 July 2010.
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