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Has anyone had a cortisone injection for a pimple?


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not sure if this is the right forum for this but it's worth a shot!

about a week ago i developed a biiiiig red bump on the side of my nose....exactly where my sunglasses sit on it.  anyway it's just big and red, with no head or anything.  over the past week i have tried all sorts of remedies for it, and i haven't picked at it at all, but there has been NO CHANGE at all!  overall my skin is almost always nice looking, and i work in a hospital, where i communicate and meet with people every day.  so i'm pretty embarrassed about it.

i know one of the dermatologists here, and he said he can inject it with cortisone this afternoon if i want him to.

but i'm not sure, i don't know anyone who has had one before.  i've read some horror stories about atrophy and how the pimple can maybe come back with a vengeance!

but i'm getting a little desperate Cry  any suggestions/ideas/input?

 

 

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If you're worried, ask the dermatologist.....  If he thinks it's appropriate treatment he can advise you accordingly.  If there are cons as well as pros he'll be able to tell you those too.  The only time I had cortisone injections was for an extremely severe outbreak of dermatitis... and that was a last resort.   If you can wait another week and swallow the self-consciousness you'll probably find your spot goes all by itself.

thanks for your reply, gi-jane.  i'm not sure if the self-consciousness is worse or the actual pain/throbbing.   when i smile, it hurts my face!  i will discuss it with him this afternoon.  thanks again.

 

 

Ugh.  Sounds like cystic acne.  I used to get that.  Big red bump that lasts for weeks and never does anything but sit there, be red, and hurt like a sonofa...

 

I've never had a cortisone shot for a spot, or even considered it, so I can't actually help with that decision.  But I can offer my own experience: What I did was toss out my facial cleansers, treatments, make-up, anything that touched my face basically went in the trash, especially if it had chemicals in it.  Now, I use organic apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with water as a facial toner, and organic raw unfiltered coconut oil as a moisturizer (I know, I know: EW! I can't put OIL on my FACE--had the same thought.  Was wrong.).  I use L.A. Minerals make-up, and I also use the coconut oil as a make-up removing cream.  About twice or three times a week, I use a cleanser that's made for my skin type with AHAs in it.  I haven't had a cystic acne breakout now in so long, I can't even remember the last time.  But before I made these changes--and only these changes--I seemed to always have at least 1 of these nasty things at almost all times.  It was between the ages of about 23 and 26 (I had never had spots of any kind before I became an adult; go figure).

 

Sounds like this is your first one, though.  Might not be something that's going to happen on a regular basis, and I'd guess it was probably caused by your sunglasses sitting there, since that's exactly where it occurred.  People get similar 'phone-zits' too where the cell phone tends to rest on the chin.

 

I agree with gi-jane (now there's something that's repeated regularly on this site!) that it'll go away if you wait it out.  I know it hurts (boy do I know how it hurts!) and it's embarrassing, but it won't last forever.

 

Personally, I wouldn't want needles coming at it.  But I have bad luck with medical procedures of all kinds.  If it was me, I'd treat it topically with raw organic apple cider vinegar mixed 70/30 or 60/40 with water (depending how sensitive your skin is)--just dab it on there, let it soak in.  I'd probably do that about two or three times a day.  Helps to kill bacteria, as well.

 

Good luck with it; I don't envy you right now, that's for sure!

If it doesn't start to go down within 7-10 days then certainly see a dermatologist about it. A lot of people have that stuff injected to get rid of nasty spots so I see no harm in trying.

I used to get the odd really painful lump on my chin, with no head but found they went away on their own but took a long time.  If I tried to poke at it, it got ten times worse and looked really ugly. I find Tea Tree oil very effective but use sparingly else you will burn your skin, failing that TCP, but again use very sparingly.

Yes, way back a long time ago, I visited a dermatologist regularly as I suffered from what we now call Cystic Acne....the bumps throb and hurt and I would always want to pick at them and get the stuff out....but they do not come to a head.  Yes, ask the doctor any questions you may be having.  I am certain they can take care of it for you!

A Granny

Original Post by bipolypesca:

What I did was toss out my facial cleansers, treatments, make-up, anything that touched my face basically went in the trash, especially if it had chemicals in it.  Now, I use organic apple cider vinegar mixed 50/50 with water as a facial toner, and organic raw unfiltered coconut oil as a moisturizer (I know, I know: EW! I can't put OIL on my FACE--had the same thought.  Was wrong.).  I use L.A. Minerals make-up, and I also use the coconut oil as a make-up removing cream.  About twice or three times a week, I use a cleanser that's made for my skin type with AHAs in it.  

I saw this post last night and today decided to buy some apple cider vinegar and give this a try. I dont have cystic acne but i do have tricky skin. Sometimes very oily, sometimes very dry. My skin seems to get used to cleansing products quickly and they stop working.

Hopefully this works, i read up on the benefits of apple cider vinegar for a variety of things last night and i must say im impressed by the claims. Hopefully they are true.

Thanks for this info!!

Original Post by kayeanne:

I saw this post last night and today decided to buy some apple cider vinegar and give this a try. I dont have cystic acne but i do have tricky skin. Sometimes very oily, sometimes very dry. My skin seems to get used to cleansing products quickly and they stop working.

Hopefully this works, i read up on the benefits of apple cider vinegar for a variety of things last night and i must say im impressed by the claims. Hopefully they are true.

Thanks for this info!!

:)  I hope it does you some good.  I should say, though, that regular ol' apple cider vinegar found next to the white vinegar will not, as far as I know, have the same good effects as the organic raw stuff (I'm not sure what kind you've picked up).  Personally, I recommend Bragg's (with the Mother in it).  Here it is on their website:http://bragg.com/products/acv.html ; They have it in the natural and organic section of my local grocery stores.

 

Just mix it up with an equal amount of water and use a cotton pad to rub it all over your clean face like you would Sea Breeze or something.  Let it dry on.  Then rinse with cool water.  Sometimes if I'm having a particularly oily day or a breakout is trying to come through, I'll put it on before bed and leave it on overnight and rinse in the morning for a little extra oomph.

 

Also remember that you should give any new regimen at least a two week trial before you decide it's not working.  Anything that's already been brewing in your skin is likely to come out.  For example, when I got rid of all my chemical stuff and started the ACV & coconut oil regimen, my face actually looked worse for about a week in a half or two weeks because all the little stuff that was just underneath the surface was brought right out of the skin by the ACV (it seems to draw it to the surface and out).  Not cystic stuff (I never got that again, thank goodness!), but little normal, every day pimple-type eruptions.  But I just left them alone and kept up the ACV & coconut oil and they faded away and didn't reoccur, and now--yay!  ^_^  It's been well over a year at the least, and it's still working great.

 

Good luck!  Smile

**UPDATE***!

first i want to thank everyone for great advice. 

anyway, i did end up going to the dermatologist that day.  he took one look at it and immediately said he'd inject it, lol, i guess it wasn't pretty!

so a few hours later, it definitely shrunk about 1/2 in size.  the pain of it was gone almost immediately.  the next day (yesterday) it was still smaller.  today, less than 48 hours later, it is just a slightly raised bump!  it's still a little red but hopefully will heal up soon!  yay!

since we are talking about home remedies, something that almost always works for the little spots is honey.  it didn't work on my cyst, but for regular pimples, if you dab it on overnight, by the next morning the redness and swelling go way down. i believe it has natural anti-inflammatory properties in it.

Original Post by notalone:

**UPDATE***!

first i want to thank everyone for great advice. 

anyway, i did end up going to the dermatologist that day.  he took one look at it and immediately said he'd inject it, lol, i guess it wasn't pretty!

so a few hours later, it definitely shrunk about 1/2 in size.  the pain of it was gone almost immediately.  the next day (yesterday) it was still smaller.  today, less than 48 hours later, it is just a slightly raised bump!  it's still a little red but hopefully will heal up soon!  yay!

 That's great!  I'm so happy the procedure worked for you.  All hail modern science!  Smile

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