For several years, I went to two dermatologists for what I thought was a sebaceous cyst. Both of them looked at and asked if it hurt and I said no. They said since it didn’t hurt, let’s not do anything, yet. So, I didn’t do anything. It was a mistake and I’ll tell you why.
I thought the dermatologist is the one that would take care of it when the time came. Since then, I’ve found out they don’t take care of something like this. I thought it was a sebaceous cyst but the surgeon calls it a skin abscess.
Anyway, once it started hurting, it hurt a lot. When I started checking around and found out my dermatologist wouldn’t be the one to take care of it, I was shocked. My family physician told me I have to go to a general surgeon for a sebaceous cyst or skin infection like what I had. I had no idea that this was in the future for me because of this seeming insignificant skin infection on my back. And, because both dermatologists acted like it was no big deal, I thought it wasn’t. I hadn’t known anyone else that had something like this, so I was clueless.
Once I visited the general surgeon and he examined me, he said it doesn’t need to be infected to be taken care of by him. He called it a skin abscess but I don’t see the difference in it and a sebaceous cyst. No one had ever mentioned to me that I would need a surgeon. And I certainly didn’t know that once it became infected, how much it hurt. Had I been advised of this, I would have done something before it was infected.
What I’ve learned is that something like this either has to be absorbed back into the body or else lanced and allowed to drain. All of the time I did nothing about it, I could have applied essential oils, castor oil packs or Bentonite Clay. All of these products can help the body re-absorb the swelling.
I did start using these products and lemon oil made it feel better immediately. Cedarwood oil acted as a pain killer so I liked using it, too. Other essential oils I used were for blood purification.
Once it’s infected, I don’t recommend trying to re-absorb it into the body. In my case, the surgeon lanced it and then we let it drain for a week. I applied moist and warm castor oil packs on it during this time and it drained beautifully. I still need to return to the surgeon to have him look at it, but it’s in much better shape now.
Additionally, I visited my physical therapist and she said my ribs were out of place and were not allowing proper circulation to the swelling. Once she adjusted my ribs, the swelling went down by about one half.
I’ve shared what I’ve learned and what I wish I had known about this before this area became infected. The main thing I learned is if I had started working with it before it became infected, I may have been able to prevent it. I know for sure it would never have swelled as big as it got before I got the assistance I needed.