As promised, I wanted to share my horrific experience with an epidermoid cyst which has developed on my back. I’ve been dealing with this thing for quite a while (several months) but it wasn’t causing me any problems until now. I now truly regret waiting so long to address this. Now, it’s extremely painful. Currently, I’m on antibiotics while also using a natural antibiotic, turmeric. I’ve also found that drinking a tea of apple cider vinegar (with “the mother“), raw honey, and lemon to be helpful in making me feel more comfortable at least. Apple Cider Vinegar is antibacterial, anti-inflamatory, anti-fungal, antiviral among many others. It’s anti everything that will prevent your body from being alkaline and it strengthens the immune system. If you don’t know, now you know that disease cannot live in an alkaline body. 😉 My goal is to be as alkaline as possible. Here’s how this cyst began.
The cyst developed about a year ago (approximately). I know it sounds bad but just let me explain. I used to exercise 3-4x a week at a Pure Barre Studio. I was wearing sports bras and getting sweaty almost everyday. Of course I took a shower after I was done but for some reason I can’t help but wonder if that contributed to the cyst developing. Prior to that I had no issues with my skin. About 6 or so months after doing Pure Barre consistently for the same amount of time every week I began to notice this small lump on my back where my bra usually rests. The next few sentences may be a little too graphic for you so you’re welcome to skip down to the middle of the next paragraph at “I tried tea tree oil”…The bump had a tiny opening at the tip. I could see what looked to be some cheesy like material ready to be excreted or drained from the tip.
At first I could drain it. This is not really the best thing to do because it can contribute to inflammation if not done properly hence the whole reason I’m dealing with this situation. So, I would just squeeze it and the yellowish cheesy material would come out. I would do this until nothing else came out. Well several months later I would do my regular routine of taking a shower and trying to drain this bump because the steam from the shower softens and opens up your pores. It would only keep reappearing every few days as the sebum oils etc would build up. I tried tea tree oil (diluted of course), a raw honey and cinnamon mask, apple cider vinegar (acv), bentonite clay pastes and other natural remedies to dry it up. They helped to an extent but by the time I really started doing this it had gotten to the point of no return to its natural state. As the opening became blocked and unable to drain, the problem turned to disaster. The cyst got bigger and more annoying. That’s when I started the epsom salt baths which helped but I ended up stopping because we were in transition (moving) and we were staying at my mom’s temporarily. Salt baths and baths with epsom salts, baking soda, and lavender oil (sometimes tea tree) were not only relaxing but helped start the process of shrinking the cyst naturally.
There was so much going on that I didn’t feel as though I had the time or energy to tend to this “situation”. My mom tried to help by putting some type of tea tree oil on it (more of a synthetic form). I just about tried so many natural remedies but one day I woke up and it was sore (inflamed, warm to the touch). As soon as we got moved into our home I found a doctor who prescribed an antibiotic for me to take which he said should shrink it. I’ve been on the antibiotic since Wednesday. I experienced itching and soreness at first. The itching was so disrespectful! It was better than pain but it literally itched all day and night. Then, the pain returned. So between the itching and pain I guess it’s safe to say that the antibiotic must be doing its thing aka “knocking this inflammation out”!
Right now (Saturday) as I am typing I feel more comfortable as I’ve taken my two daily doses of antibiotics, had my turmeric smoothie this am, and drank my acv tea this evening! *deep sigh* To be honest, after drinking the acv tea I always seem to feel better instantly. I’m willing to do whatever it takes! I just might jump in the tub with epsom salts tonight too! LOL…I am convinced that I must be more consistent with my healthy lifestyle. Those salt baths are everything! If you have not tried a salt bath either with sea salt or epsom salts (which are obviously two different things but both effective for detoxing) you have got to try them.
I plan to use a more integrative approach to healing my body. Therefore, I’m incorporating the use of an antibiotic in addition to ayurveda by using epsom salt baths, turmeric internally in the form of smoothies and teas along with drinking my acv tea. We shall see how this turns out! I have a doctor’s appointment coming up on Thursday! So, I’ll keep y’all posted! I hope everyone found some sense of peace during this long weekend. We had family over for the weekend and had lots of laughs which was good for me. It took my mind off of my pain and discomfort. Peace to everyone for a great short week ahead!
Love and Light,