Acne and arthritis

Question

My daughter has been sick with bone pain for months! Her face is extremely broken out with acne. Is there a link between a type of arthritic and acne? She is on her fifth doctor, at Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin. He told her she has some? form of arthritis. Can you enlighten me so we can help her?

Answer

There is a form of inflammatory arthritis that is associated with acne, ususally severe acne. Joints and tendon attachments can be inflammed. Interestingly, the periosteum or the surface of the bones can also be inflammed causing bone pain. Treatment is with anti-inflamamtories. I hope you are seeing a rheumatologist. The rheumatology department at Marshfield Clnic is excellent.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University