Health and Wellness : Acne Bacteria May Infect the Brain and Body

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    The bacteria that live on the skin and contribute to acne may also cause infections after surgery, including infections in the brain, researchers say.

    The microbes may even spur some cells to become cancerous, said Peter Lambert, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in Birmingham, England.

    While the bacterium is generally considered harmless, more attention should be paid to its role as a potential pathogen, he told MyHealthNewsDaily.

    "Generally, we tend to disregard this organism, because we think it's a harmless organism. So if we see it, we don't report it," Lambert said. "We should take more notice of this and say it could be causing infection."

    However, evidence for the link between the bacteria, known as P. acnes, and disease is just emerging, Lambert said. More studies are needed to confirm it is indeed the culprit, he said. Lambert spoke about the link Jan. 12 at the Society for Applied Microbiology Winter Meeting, in London.

    An under-recognized pathogen

    Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, live in hair follicles - the tiny pores in our skin from which hairs sprout. When these pores become blocked, the bacteria can multiply and contribute to the inflammation we call acne.

    But the bacteria can also cause inflammation inside our tissues, leading to tissue damage, Lambert said.

    Typically, when P. acnes shows up in an infection within the body, most physicians assume it's just a contaminant - that it was transferred from the skin to the inside of the body, perhaps during a medical procedure, but was not actually causing a disease.

    "We're recognizing more recently that, in fact, there are distinct clinical syndromes that are associated with infections with P. acnes as an actual pathogen and not simply a contaminant," said Christopher Vinnard, an infectious-disease researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

    For example, some studies, including a case report published by Vinnard and his colleagues, have linked the bacteria to the formation of brain abscesses after neurosurgery.

    In Vinnard's report, a patient developed a brain abscess 10 years after surgery. Biopsies from the abscess showed only one type of bacteria present: P. acnes.

    While it's difficult to say whether P. acnes caused the abscess, one clue was that the patient's condition improved once he was given antibiotics against the bacteria, Vinnard said.

    Vinnard and his colleagues almost missed the bug altogether. The bacteria take a long time to grow, and the researchers were about to throw out the culture plates when P. acnes finally reared its head.

    Infections with P. acnes may be under-recognized, Vinnard said, because after doing a biopsy, researchers may get rid of their cultures before these bacteria have a chance to grow, or because researchers use the wrong culture media.

    A number of studies have also found P. acnes growing on implanted medical devices, including artificial knee, hip and elbow joints, Lambert said. About 750,000 of these artificial joints are placed into patients each year in the United States, and in about 1 percent of cases, patients develop an infection, he said.

    One study, published in 1998, found that about 70 percent of artificial joints have P. acnes growing on them, Lambert said.

    "It certainly should be on the list of organisms when a physician is thinking of the potential cause of these particular kinds" of cases, Vinnard said.

    Role in cancer

    Several recent studies suggest the bug may increase the risk of prostate cancer. The bacteria have been found growing inside cells of the prostate gland, Lambert said. It is thought this growth may prompt inflammation inside the cells, which in turn might spur the cells to become cancerous.

    One study, published this month in the International Journal of Medical Microbiology, found the bacteria growing in 58 out of 71 samples of prostate cancer tissue, but in none of the 20 samples of healthy prostate tissue. Exposure to P. acnes for long periods altered the way the cells divided , the researchers said.

    However, much more research is needed to confirm the cancer link, Lambert said.

    The good news is that if P. acnes does contribute to infections or even cancer, treatment with antibiotics may help reduce the severity of these conditions, Lambert said.

    Pass it on: The bacteria that contribute to acne can cause other infections and may even be linked to cancer.
     
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    There is a dollar product that will solve all those problemz...

    A bottle of peroxide will get rid of most of the acne...

    All the products out there that pretend ....

    " You can hear the cleaning action working"

    The products just use a low dose of peroxide so that you will buy more of it mixed with ... good smelling stuff....

    And that is the trix ....
     
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    they say it could infect the brain? :slobber:
     
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    I don't know about putting peroxide on your face ..

    They key to getting rid of acne is doing a detox, specifically detoxification of the liver and not eating dairy products.. as the article alluded to the Bacteria that causes acne is more than skin deep, however mainstream health care providers won't tell you about the detox because they want you to keep taking antibiotics for acne that actually do more damage to your body in the long run...

    a good antibacterial for the face is raw honey..
     
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    :confused:
     
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    Exactly, that's the body's way of letting you know something inside is out of balance.
    I remember Dr. Perricone was on Oprah talking about pro-inflammatory foods and how they cause acne and many other conditions...very interesting.
     
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    Acne is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is really nothing but the skin defecating and urinating via the skin (body's largest organ of elimination) because the other eliminative channels (colon, kidneys, livers, lungs) are apparently backed up or obstructed and therefore the Body Intelligence causes the skin to compensate for the lack of activity of the other eliminative channels.

    Acne is basically toxins coming out via the skin. Your face is defecating via the skin. This is all acne really is, and it is very common in American youth because of all the junk that is eaten in the adolescent and teen years by American youth. It is reported that 80% of all Americans between the ages of 12 and 24 are afflicted with acne.

    However, you will find many adults with acne as well.

    Because acne targets the skin, acne is a blood disorder just like every other skin disease, including herpes, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and rosacea.

    Always remember that the condition of the blood is manifested in the skin. Therefore with skin diseases, you just don't target the skin and by external means, but you also target the blood as well, by internal means.

    Acne is commonly denoted by blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are the result of sebum combined with skin pigments and the pores become plugged. Whiteheads are the result of skin filled with sebum from scales below the surface of the skin.

    Causes of Acne

    Diet is the greatest causative factor of acne. Acne cases are highest in the United States because of the SAD (Standard American Diet). I have seen some pretty bad, sad, and horrible cases of acne, mostly in youth. I've seen cases of acne in certain individuals where my appetite was outright spoiled. It's sad for me to see people, especially young people, suffer from acne when they are suffering from acne (as well as other emotions such as low self-esteem) due to ignorance - ignorance of diet, biology, hygiene, etc.

    Read more: http://dherbs.com/articles/acne-210.html#ixzz1BOJgAPbh


    Read more: http://dherbs.com/articles/acne-210.html#ixzz1BOJXgvFJ
     
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