Researchers link acne meds to sore throats in young adults

November 22, 2011 2:58:20 PM PST
Young adults who take acne medication may be more likely to get sore throats. But it's really unclear whether the medications actually caused the upper respiratory tract infections.

What researchers suspect is that long term use of antibiotics might change the balance of bacteria in the throat. In theory, that would allow infection causing strains to multiply.

The research in the Archives of Dermatology does not find any extra risk of antibiotic resistance due to the acne medications, the most common of which are tetracyclines.

Researchers say any chance of a sore throat may be worth the medications' benefits in many cases.

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