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HELP!! Swelling on skin after putting ice on pimple! Have wedding tonight!what to do?

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Old 07-19-2003, 08:05 AM   #1
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Post HELP!! Swelling on skin after putting ice on pimple! Have wedding tonight!what to do?

Please help me!

Last night, i was trying to tame a smallish pimple on my face. After washing my face, I placed a baggie with an ice cube on the pimple and surrounding area for approx. 3 mins. I then went to bed. I woke up at around 3am, looked in the mirror, and noticed that the area where I had placed the ice was RED and swollen. The pimple, mind you, was almost non-existent. But ack!! I am now left with a 2inch by 2 inch area on my face that is red and raised!!

After freaking out, I took an antihistimane and applied some 1% hydrocortisone cream on the area. It seems to have calmed down *somewhat*, but not much. My skin has been PERFECT up until this about Murphy's Law!

Now, my dilemma is that I have a wedding to attend this evening! I dont' know what to do. I am going for a "makeover" at 3pm (it's 11am now), so have some time to remedy the situation a bit more....

...but what should I do? Is there anywhere to alleviate the red/raised area? I'm afraid to reapply ice to it, as that is what seemed to make it red in the first place. I can't take another antihistimane, as I am driving down to the wedding and it will make me groggy.

Please please please help me!!!

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Old 07-19-2003, 08:11 AM   #2
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What calms down my red marks and bumps is steam. So try some steam. Either in the shower or boil water in a pot and put your face over the steam, but NOT TOO CLOSE to the hot water, you don't want to burn you face with the heat. All you want to touch your face is steam and I preferably run how water in the shower till the whole room is steamed up. Then steam my body for a while and then take a nice hot shower afterwards.
Exercise might also help with the sweat and everything to calm it down. Does for me. Or soaking in a hot bath where you skin on your face will be sweating. You need natural moisture from inside the skin to calm down that thing.

Hopefully it will work, but I'm not sure. Good LUck!

[This message has been edited by SouthernTemptress (edited 07-19-2003).]

Old 07-19-2003, 08:19 AM   #3
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thanks...I will give it a whirl!

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