Teen with 18 “extremely painful” flesh-eating sores on the face that make it difficult for them to leave their home


Kirsten Cowell, 19, ended her relationship with her boyfriend and has put off her college courses after two-cm-deep pus-filled scars appeared on her face. Now she is desperate for a treatment.

After dozens of flesh-eating ulcers on her face, a teenager was afraid to leave the house.

Kirsten Cowell, 19, a 19-year-old from Ammanford, Wales, noticed painful, pusty boils on her face three years ago. She hoped that they would disappear.

They didn’t. Her face is covered in pus-filled 2cm deep scabs that ooze pus.

Kirsten, 47, and Allison, 47, believe she may have pyoderma Gangrenosum (PG), a condition that causes open sores and large blisters to form all over the body, rotting skin and tissue.

The teenager, who was supposed to take a course as a nail technician, no longer leaves home. “extreme pain”Her scars are the reason.

Even chewing is difficult, so she must stick to yogurt, ice cream, and soup.

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Due to her looks, she even ended her 2-year-long relationship with her boyfriend.

Kirsten said: “They look and feel like I have been stabbed in the face. I am constantly in extreme pain even if I move any part of my face or head and it’s worst in the mornings.

“My day now consists of managing the pain and the seeping 24/7.

“I can’t manage to do anything at all anymore. I’ve had to move back to my mum’s house because I need the care.”

Kirsten is now on a course on antibiotics and steroids. She also had surgery Friday to remove 18 scabs from her wounds.

Mama Allison covers her face with bandages at least once per day. She also wraps her pillows with puppy pads to stop the pus from seeping through.

Allison said: “She looks like she’s been shot in the face.

“They are extremely painful and she’s in severe pain. The wounds have seeped to the bottom of the bandages.

“It’s been three months of hell. Her confidence has gone down the pan. She doesn’t want to be here, she’s suicidal, depressed and she doesn’t want to live and I don’t blame her.

“”I don’t know how someone can endure this much pain for so long.”

She said that her daughter is too anxious to take a bath, fearing she will cause herself more pain.

While PG can be caused initially by a small scratch, injury or bite, Kirsten doesn’t know how she could have contracted the illness.

Now the couple are looking for a PG specialist who can treat Kirsten’s sores.

Allison said: “We haven’t had a diagnosis but the dermatologist has said that it looks like PG.

“I haven’t seen anything like it in my life. We don’t know why it happened because she hasn’t been bitten or scratched. There is no immune system problem so we can’t blame her.

“It’s a case of trying to get a PG specialist to have a look at her but there are only two in Wales.”

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