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Acne fulminans is a rare acne condition in which there is a rapid onset of many tender pimples and nodules on the chest and back with occasional involvement of the face.

This happens exclusively in boys, usually between the ages of 13 and 16. The pimples rapidly break down leaving large sores and ulcers.

Acne fulminany may be accompanied by fevers, joint aches, and blood abnormalities

Treatment consist of bed rest, prednisone, and accutane (isotretinoin). Hosptilization may be required.

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