I had a stool test done and got the results today. My regular doc says I have an overgrowth of bad bacteria, an undergrowth of good bacteria and a fungal infection. This is despite taking probiotics, etc. He is putting me on an antibiotic called Bactrim and Nystatin. And he never prescribes antibiotics unless absolutely necessary so I am taking this seriously.
Bactrim is the very same antibiotic that my old derm prescribed and that I took for years --- it's the only antibiotic that calms down my type of acne which is wierd. My skin can be clear and then whammo...it will swell up in 1-2 huge lumps that are infected, red, and very painful. These things quickly come to a head and erupt with lots of pus and blood (sorry) and usually a hard plug. Then my skin returns to looking clear within a day or two with some discoloration. Then it happens again in a week or two.
I used to take a short course of Bactrim when this happened and then would not get another one for months. Maybe I was just keeping the bad bacteria at bay all these years when I took Bactrim for flare-ups. My old derm stopped letting me use Bactrim last summer and I have been suffering with more and more frequent outbreaks in recent months...to the point I get one every other week or so. Very depressing since they are so inflammed...I mean really inflammed. I have to stay home they are so infected.
My regular doc firmly believes my problem is with my gut and not my skin...although my facial skin is where I happen to suffer from the inflammation. He thinks that if we can get the gut healed the skin will follow. He may be right. Next time I get an inflammed swollen infected thing he wants to swab it to determine exactly what kind of bacteria is causing these outbreaks. No doctor or derm has every taken my condition this seriously. I have read in research papers about taking a sample of pus to determine what exactly is causing the bacterial outbreak but not one of my derms has ever done that. Although my current derm seems to be taking this more seriously than most and is working with my doc to figure this out since my ongoing resistant condition (40+ years) just doesn't go away despite the usual treatments. And he wants to know why.
Although I have to say that I am also taking this very seriously as I became fed up several years ago and demanded a more scientific approach. When I did this the doc and derm responded with appropriate hormone tests, allergy tests, etc. Plus it helps that my regular doc believes in what is called Functional Medicine --- treating the whole body and working with the body to effect healing...rather than just treating symptoms.
Just thought I would share this. The results and how inflammation works in the body ties in with my food allergies and possible histamine sensitivity. As I understand it, once the body becomes chronically inflammed then everything goes whacky. Very hard to treat it naturally when it gets this bad. Although it can be done. We are moving in that direction but have to nudge things along with some modern meds!
Edited by cvd, 07 March 2012 - 05:07 PM.