What are the systemic symptoms of acne vulgaris?

Updated: Oct 23, 2019
  • Author: Jaggi Rao, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Systemic symptoms are most often absent in acne vulgaris. In rare but severe cases, acne vulgaris could lead to acne conglobata, with highly inflammatory nodulocystic acne and interconnected abscesses. Acne fulminans is even more severe than acne conglobata, with systemic symptoms such as fever, joint pain, and general malaise. Additionally, acne vulgaris may have a psychological impact on any patient, regardless of the severity or the grade of the disease. [4, 5, 6]

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