I’ve never dealt with cysts before, but just last week I detected my first hard lump beneath the skin, which slowly came to a head as a red boil. It was better within three days, but I feel another, larger, more painful one coming up on my forehead. I called my derm, who told me the following:
-Heavy doses of eurythromycin (1000mg daily).
-WARM/HOT COMPRESS REGULARLY
Now, I know the board members here all religiously recommend icing cysts. So I’m in a quandary. My doctor’s brief explanation was “don’t burn yourself, but keeping as warm a compress as possible on it as much as you can will bring blood flow to the surface and facilitate quicker healing, causing the swelling to go down.”
Doesn’t it seem like warm compresses could increase the problem? And yet he was very firm about this, and he’s a well-respected derm.
Any advice? For cysts, should one turn to ice or heat? Thanks so much.
annie: Warm compresses have always been the best choice for drawing out an infection. If you do a search for heat vs cold in infections, heat is the number one choice.
Note from the editor: Warm compress seems to be the best choice for cysts. Also, consider using Epsom salt with the warm compress.