Common acne treatments linked to Crohn's

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   Posted 8/24/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
From reuters newswire, published Aug 20:
"They found that long-term use of antibiotics appeared to double the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease in these subjects. Of the 207 cases of inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed among the 94,487 patients in the study, 152 (0.26 percent of all subjects) were taking one of three commonly prescribed tetracycline-based antibiotics and 55 (0.14 percent) were not. Patients taking one of the three drugs, doxycycline, appeared to be at a slightly higher risk (0.21 percent) of developing an inflammatory bowel disease compared to patients taking minocycline (0.17 percent risk) or tetracycline (0.20 percent risk)."

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   Posted 8/24/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I did not have a problem with acne when I was younger, but I did suffer with alot of allergies. I had a doctor that believed it was best to get the antibiotics into your system quickly, and would give me antibiotic shots. So I have always wondered if all the antibiotics I took as a child caused my Crohns or if it was from starting smoking at a young age too.
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   Posted 8/24/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on and off antibiotics so many times through my late teen and early 20s. That is, until I took Accutane. I do feel like this contributed to my Crohn's. The long-term use of antibiotics, that is. I also had a genetic link, so I suppose I had a predisposition for IBD too.
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