Posted 23 October 2012 - 06:23 PM
What do I do?
Do I have to get surgery to get the sac out? Has anyone ever had this where it finally healed and went away on its own?
I've been applying castor oil packs and heat to it and that seems to help and every morning it looks better but later on in the day it seems to be more swollen again.
I really want it to just heal though. I've read several stories about castor oil over several weeks healing stuff; I'm just not sure if I'm making any progress or not with my current treatment.
Please anyone who has experience post what to do. Surgery?
Should I try and needle the sac myself? I'm about to do that because I know surgery will leave a scar and I honestly almost trust myself more with a needle than a surgeon at this point. Plus I'm getting so desperate for this thing to be done.
Has anyone had a cyst/bump that never went away, not poppable and not infected, just sore and raised with a "sac" in the middle like this?
Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:53 PM
Posted 24 October 2012 - 09:35 AM
Thanks for your post.
In answer to your question, Yes, those are the options my derm gave me; another cortisone shot or surgery.
Instead, currently I am thinking about needling around the "sac" because the issue isn't that it's raised on my skin so much as that fact that it's pulling down the skin beneath and above it. Basically it looks like scar tissue has formed. With a normal cyst that develops it is simply raised/ a bump above the skin whereas this is somewhat raised, yes, but the main issue is the effect of the "sac" on the surrounding skin.
I have needled my other scars with success in the past and never caused scarring; only improved the look of my skin by needling so that's why I said I think I trust myself to needle it more than a surgeon right now; I'm afraid they wouldn't be careful enough with it.
Has anyone here had surgery to have a cyst removed? How did it go? Did you regret it or was it a good decision?
Ewwpimples, Can you please tell me about your cyst that lasted 3 months; did it reach this stage? Did it have a "sac" that was semi firm and couldn't be popped and pulled the skin down around it? I wish it was just in infected cyst because I feel like I'd know how to treat it but I fear this has gone beyond a normal cyst and that's why my derm said surgery might be the only way to get rid of it.
As for touching it with dirty fingers, I'm not that stupid, LOL, I am totally paranoid about it and don't ever touch it without scrubbing my hands with alcohol.
Thanks a million for anyones input
Posted 24 October 2012 - 04:25 PM
Posted 25 October 2012 - 03:30 PM
Hey. How do you needle around the sac? I'm not sure though what you mean by sac? I've had pus in my cysts before, but never a sac, nor do I think I did.
It's just like it sounds, like a "sac" under the skin. If you push fluid/or whatever it is side to side it will push up against the walls of the sac, it's like the pus or whatever it is is encased. Anyways, I was thinking about needling it to try to break it up.
Ok, well here's the update for me.
I saw 2 different derms today.
One told me it was a hypertrophic scar but that it was an "active scar" then said I needed to get on antibiotiocs both internal and topical for a month.
I don't understand this; has anyone taken antibiotics to shrink scar tissue before? I think she must really thought it was infected for me to need antibiotics and that's what she meant by "active scar"
The 2nd derm put my on antibiotics as well, I'm taking minocyline twice a day for a week and she thinks I will see some improvement. It does hurt quite a bit when pushed on so this makes my think it is infected/inflammed.
Has anyone gotten a cyst to shrink in a week from antibiotics before?
Thanks for anyone's help!
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