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Hello I'm Dr Kasparis and would like to help. I'm sorry to hear these problems with your husband. CAn I ask you which antibiotic he has taken and for how long? HAve the course been short ie 1-2 weeks? Do they clear the lumps fully or partially? Is he otherwise well? any fevers for example? Has he got any other medical problems he takes medication for? Finally has he has acne in the past?
Have you got any photos of the problem?
Thank you that's useful. It sounds like his skin problems is not a simple skin infection but recurrent inflammation of the glands under the skin. This type of problem can have many causes including hormonal factors and weight issues , even in a person who has never had skin issues before.I would normally reccommend:
1. An antibiotic called Lymecycline 408 mg once daily for 8 weeks(as long as he is not allergic to tetracyclines). This antibiotic is frequently used for inflammatory problems of the skin. Penicillin based antibiotics only offer short term relief from such issues.
2. An antiseptic wash called hibiscrub used twice weekly.
These can be obtained from the GP. If at the end of the problem still persists he will need to be referred to a dermatologist to assess him thoroughly, occasionally a skin biopsy may be required to ascertain the exact cause of the problem. I hope this helps.
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Thank you for your feedback, much appreciated. Let me know if you wish to discuss further over the phone, otherwise have a nice day
Great, have a nice day and I hope your husband get better soon.