Sunday, February 19, 2012

February 19th, 2012 - My body is my own worst enemy

Warning: Grossness Ahead...

Good morning and Happy Sunday! Winter vacation started yesterday and so far it’s been a real dud because I am sick, but I am going to forge on with my plans anyway, which includes a trip to Atlantic City, and of course some clubbing towards the end of the week…

This is not me, but a typical example of what a cyst looks like on someone's back once it becomes infected

My body is my own worst enemy

Oy, sometimes I just hate my body! I’ve got problems up the yin yang, notwithstanding this awful cold I’m fighting. You see, for most of my adult life, I’ve had a problem with cysts. I believe they’re called Sebaceous cysts, and every now and again they pop up on the back of my neck, on my back, and in other places. They’re very painful, embarrassing and annoying all at once, and lately I think God has been playing “wack-a-cyst” with me, as for the past five weeks or so I’ve had about five of them, each popping up in a new place once another has cleared.

The dermatologist told me that there was nothing concrete I could do to make them go away forever, and that I was just born with bad skin. That’s just great! He put me on some medication which has helped a little, but not nearly enough. In the meantime, all I can do is do my best to wait it out, taking lots of hot baths, which is the nice part, and hoping they’ll go away quickly.

Today is the fifth straight day I’ve been dealing with this current one, the last one literally clearing up six days ago. I’ve taken three baths in the past 24 hours and hopefully it’ll be clear by the morning. This one’s been the most painful and I can’t wait till it’s gone. So far I don’t see anything else popping up anywhere so the fingers are crossed.

A silly home remedy

I once tried a home remedy that my pal Dita thought was hysterically funny and still talks about to this day. I got it from Joe’s mom when I had a really large one on my chest and was exasperated trying to get it to go away. That cyst was so large I looked like I had three boobies on my chest. Blech! Anyway, the home remedy was to tape a piece of rye bread (why rye, I’ll never know!) with some sugar on it over the cyst. Supposedly it draws out the gunk. I know, eeewww. Well, it didn’t work for me, but if anyone out there has any other good home remedies for cysts that work, please tell me.


Besides the pain and the discomfort of getting cysts, there is the grossness of it. Eventually, in order for them to go away, they’ve got to drain, and that’s where it can get really gross. There are some people out there who find a strange fascination with this, namely my pal Dita and both of my ex’s, who each liked to pop the non-painful ones off my back.

Now I don’t want to gross you out here, so instead I’m going to post a link to a video if you can handle it and want to see it. It is probably one of the grossest things I’ve ever seen…a woman draining a cyst off someone’s back. Warning, this is NOT for the queasy:

Huge Cyst Extraction

So there’s a blog post for you, huh? I know it’s a really gross topic, but I put it out there for anyone whoo suffers the same way I do, just so they know they’re not alone. And if you are a sufferer who just happens to be reading this, please let me know so I know that I’m not alone with this icky, terrible condition! As always, thanks for reading!

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  1. John, sounds crazy, but if you put toothpaste, white kind, any brand, supposed to bring the stuff to top, leading for easier draining. ope it helps....

  2. Ooh, I've never heard of that! Thanks Jen...gonna try it!

  3. I had 1 large one on my side that kept getting larger..It kind of busted I guess but now it's like pieces spread in both directions..Nothing at all came outside my body...The doctors said "if" it was they type they thought it was my body would absorb the liquid...Must not have been liquid, just broken into several different cyst now! They hurt & are freaking my out....I watched the clip & OMG I don't know how you stood that without a morphine drip! Melissa