Can anyone with experience or information help me. I have an acne cyst under my skin of my neck, it has no inflammation in it and it is quite visible. It has been on my skin now for three weeks and it has not gone away. My dermatologist says it is just a cyst and it should go away on it's own. He says only if the size increases I should have it removed. It has been three weeks and there seems to be no improvement. I have never had a cyst before, could it be the medications that I am on that causes the cyst, erythromycin and B5. Also, can anyone tell me how to assist in getting rid of it faster, it is right in the middle of my neck, it does not hurt, it is just a bump. I have been using axelex and erythromycin on it. Help please.
02-21-2001, 09:39 AM
Wow, your first cyst? You must be lucky <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wink.gif">
I don't do anything to my cyst. Just apply bp on it...granted it takes a long time to get rid of them, that's if they ever go away. Mine seem to just go away and come back every once and awhile, but I have a bunch so...it sucks.
But... I do actually think that the tetracycline I've been taking are the cause of the cyst because I never had any prior to taking the medication. *shrugs*
02-21-2001, 11:59 AM
I just leave mine, i find that doing anything with them causes scaring, but if yours won't go you could try some bp. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
02-21-2001, 12:55 PM
I agree with ruffeo that antibiotics can cause deeper cystic acne. In my case, my doctor actually cultured one of them and found a staph infection! He said it was probably caused by overgrowth of staph (which is normally present on some people's skins) due to killing off ``normal'' skin bacteria. I haven't been on ANY antibiotics since that, and the cyst problem has decreased, but not gone away.
Another cause is due to blockage of the sebaceous gland which causes oil to build up (basically, a giant whitehead). The only ``treatments'' are to either have the gland surgically removed (very tricky, and the problem will recur if the gland is not completely removed) or let it go away on its own.
Another treatment I've heard works really well is to supplement your diet with essential fatty acids. This is supposed to make the oil which the glands secrete less likely to become clogged. I don't know....
Hope this helped.
02-21-2001, 01:03 PM
Thank you very much everyone for replying. But can anyone tell me approximately how long it takes to go away, it is a raised cyst. Oh, I will give the BP a try.
02-21-2001, 06:42 PM
if it's really troubling you, your dermatologist should be able to inject something into it (i forget exactly what this is) to decrease the swelling. basically though, it'll have to go away on its own. not much you can do for it. don't bother it though, even though it's bothering you. benzoyl peroxide might help a bit, as may something such as neosporin. you could try alternating the two, and if anything, the neosporin will serve as a moisturizer to counter the overdrying of the benzoyl peroxide.
i was going to suggest putting a hot cloth on it, but, i'm not sure that'll help any. you may just have to wait this one out. sorry.
02-21-2001, 07:37 PM
Cortisone shot info:
Admittedly only for special occasions (unless your fabulously wealthy with lots of time on your hands), cortisone, injected into the blemish at the derma's office, is a miracle.
"Cortisone is the only true instant fix. It gets rid of the blemish right away."
"I've had patients come in for cortisone shots three times a week before their weddings."
But, in your case, I really wouldn't bother with the shot...
02-21-2001, 09:33 PM
what are the essential fatty acids?
is there a supplement that can provide all of them?!
how much should I take?
02-23-2001, 05:21 AM
glob a generous amount of retin-a on it over night ..Do that for a couple nights and it should dramatically lower the size of it.
People say its bad for active cysts but for me it went in the skin and broke it all up and after about a few days it was totally gone..........
give it a try <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">