Woman taking Accutane develops oral infection with COVID

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Avery Anderson developed an oral infection after developing COVID while taking acne medication. (Image via TikTok / AveryAnderson18)

A woman has gone viral on TikTok for sharing a painful infection that developed after testing positive for COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Avery Anderson shared a video of her on the way to the ER with open sores around her lips and mouth. The video, which has gained over 16.7 million views, ended with Anderson lying in a hospital bed after being given morphine for her pain.

In a now-deleted follow-up video, Anderson explained that she was taking the acne medication Accutane when she contracted COVID-19. Apparently, the “perfect mix” of Accutane and Anderson’s weakened immune system due to COVID may have contributed to his development of several other infections that resulted in his painful mouth sores.

In an interview with BuzzfeedAnderson went into details, revealing that she was initially diagnosed with impetigo, after spotting discoloration on her lips shortly after testing positive for COVID.

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“I was in my fourth month of Accutane and noticed my lips had a purple and yellow tint, so I went straight to emergency care, and they diagnosed me with impetigo and gave me prescribed a topical medication to help me, ”she recalls.

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Anderson said the medication prescribed to her to treat impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin, only made her condition worse. The next morning, she woke up with painful sores covering her lips.

Avery Anderson developed an oral infection after contracting COVID.  (Image via TikTok / AveryAnderson18)

Avery Anderson developed an oral infection after contracting COVID. (Image via TikTok / AveryAnderson18)

“I woke up with extremely swollen, gray and white lips. It was too painful to eat or drink and difficult to swallow,” she said. “I was worried about the lack of fluids I was receiving and because my COVID symptoms kept getting worse, so I decided to go to the emergency room. “

After further investigation, a doctor diagnosed Anderson with a sinus infection, an ear infection, and strep throat.

“I was prescribed antibiotics for my lips and told to come back if my lips got worse … Not even two days later I decided I had to go back,” he said. she adds.

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On his third hospital visit, Anderson was diagnosed with oral mucositis, a condition that causes painful bleeding ulcers, as well as swollen lips and gums.

“It was a painful mix with fever, cold jerks, sore muscles and swollen throat also from COVID,” Anderson said. “The Infectious Disease Department came to the conclusion that it was caused by a perfect mix of Accutane, dry skin, my weak immune system, and COVID – and all the other diseases my body was trying to fight off. “

Photo via @ averyanderson18 TikTok

Photo via @ averyanderson18 TikTok

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Tiffany Libby said Buzzfeed that Accutane did not cause Anderson’s infection, but it may have made his symptoms worse.

“In the literature, there is a report of mucositis developing after COVID, so it could be more of a direct relationship independent of Accutane,” she explained.

Anderson said that although she has suffered from eczema her entire life, oral mucositis was the most painful experience she has ever had.

“When I fell asleep my lips got stuck, and when I woke up I had to open them by sliding a cotton swab through them,” she said. “As my gums were so sore, eating and chewing were extremely painful – to the point that it hurt to eat oatmeal! Speaking was also a difficult task through all the stages of healing, as my lips had to be touch each other. “

After receiving another round of medication, Anderson was able to make a full recovery within just a few weeks.

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