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Acne Conglobata: Will Hughie Fury ailment be a factor against Ruiz?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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On October 29, an unbeaten prospect will catapult himself into boxing's heavyweight picture.

Will it be Hughie Fury or Andy Ruiz Jr?

Who will shine on the Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury 2 heavyweight championship undercard?

At just 21, Fury is 20-0, 10 KOs but has yet to be tested by anyone of merit. And the 27 year old Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) will certainly oblige the Brit with a significant challenge. In fact, expect Andy to be the slight favorite despite having to fight a hostile environment.

... But will the local favorite be facing another opponent in the ring as well?

Last summer, it was revealed Fury had been diagnosed with acne conglobata, a skin condition considered to be one of the most serious forms of acne. It can cause fatigue, fevers, and joint pain, and might explain why the young fighter, who entered the ring with what appeared to be a major flare up, looked so sluggish in his April 30 technical decision win over an overmatched Fred Kassi .

"I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Hughie was only at 30 percent against Kassi and he’s been battling this condition in most of his pro fights," said Peter Fury said via BadLeftHook.com.

"Dr. (Ian R.) White said this is the worst case of acne conglobata he’s seen in five years."

"Thankfully, Hughie’s improving. His stamina and overall health are way better now than it was even a few months ago. Dr. White deserves a ton of credit for that."

What is acne conglobata?
Acne conglobata is a rare and serious form of acne in which there are interconnecting abscesses and sinuses (channels under the skin). These result in unsightly hypertrophic (thick) and atrophic (thin) scars. There are groups of large macrocomedones and cysts that are filled with smelly pus. (Source: DermNet New Zealand).

It can be dormant several months or years prior to and after a large outbreak.

Who gets acne conglobata?
This condition is found in people, mostly males, who, like Fury, are between 18 and 30 years old. However, some as old as 40 have had it.

What causes it?
The medical community isn't in agreement on the origin of acne conglobata, although its believed to be associated with testosterone because it appears far more in men than women. Given the testosterone connection, the skin condition can also be the result of anabolic steroid abuse or testosterone therapy withdrawal.

People who have a tumor that emits androgens are susceptible as well as those in remission from autoimmune diseases like leukemia. It may also impact individuals who have been exposed to aromatic hydrocarbons or halogens.

Unlike most forms of acne, acne conglobata will not go away quickly on its own and requires aggressive treatment via oral and/or topical antibiotics, isotretinoin (Accutane), steroids, and sometimes laser therapy. The most popular form of therapy is Accutane for weeks or months. 

And as someone who has taken the medication, Accutane can cause a severe sensitivity to light, as well as fatigue, sluggishness and a generally ill feeling.

Accutane can also be combined with prednisone, and antibiotics such as tetracycline or erythromycin are sometimes used.

Fury, who is on an undisclosed medication regimen, said last summer, "I’m feeling a lot better and that has made this training camp much better for me thus far.

"My plan is to fight for and win a world title in 2017."


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