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Acne treatment and hyperthyroidism

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Report published in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology cautions against prescribing povidone-iodine scrubs to treat acne when other therapies that increase cutaneous absorption are used. Scientists from the University of Texas' Southwestern Medical Center reported the case of a 17-year old boy with a history of acne who showed symptoms of hyperthyroidism, including palpitations, hyperactivity, and thyroid abnormalities, three months after being treated with both the surgical scrub (7.5% povidone-iodine) and 1 mg/kg per day of isotretinoin





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