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Misdiagnosis of Hidden Causes of Acne

Underlying conditions list:

The list of possible underlying conditions mentioned in various sources for Acne includes:

Acne as a complication:

Other conditions that might have Acne as a complication might be potential underlying conditions. The list of conditions listing Acne as a complication includes:

Acne as a symptom:

Conditions listing Acne as a symptom may also be potential underlying conditions.

For a more detailed analysis of Acne as a symptom, including causes, drug side effect causes, and drug interaction causes, please see our Symptom Center information for Acne.

Discussion of underlying conditions of Acne:

Clues that help the doctor determine whether acne in an adult woman is due to an excess of androgen hormones are hirsutism (excessive growth of hair in unusual places), premenstrual acne flares, irregular menstrual cycles, and elevated blood levels of certain androgens. The doctor may prescribe one of several drugs to treat women with this type of acne. Low-dose estrogen birth control pills help suppress the androgen produced by the ovaries. Low-dose corticosteroid drugs, such as prednisone or dexamethasone, may suppress the androgen produced by the adrenal glands. Finally, the doctor may prescribe an antiandrogen drug, such as spironolactone (Aldactone). This medicine reduces excessive oil production. Side effects of antiandrogen drugs may include irregular menstruation, tender breasts, headache, and fatigue. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Acne: NIAMS)

About underlying conditions:

With a diagnosis of Acne, it is important to consider whether there is an underlying condition causing Acne. These are other medical conditions that may possibly cause Acne. For general information on this form of misdiagnosis, see Underlying Condition Misdiagnosis or Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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