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How to get rid of huge boil like spots - help!

(21 Posts)
twolittleboysonetiredmum Fri 10-Mar-17 18:08:16

Just recently my upper back, neck and hairline have been getting sore, boil like spots that stay for weeks. They never come to a head and just subside then come back. I think it's hormonal? Is there anything I can put on them to ease them or make them go away/stop? Il nearly 37 and really not appreciating developing spots now sad

Joinourclub Fri 10-Mar-17 18:10:42

I got prescribed some antibacterial team that helped my lumpy red spots.

Trustyourself2 Fri 10-Mar-17 18:54:22

I think it's something to do with bacteria in hair follicles, but a friend of mine gets them when she's very anxious. You might need antibiotics.

Cartright Fri 10-Mar-17 19:04:19

It sounds like cystic acne. I would recommend seeing a doctor as they are both painful and the scars can take ages to fade. Unfortunately a lot of NHS doctors aren't great a skin stuff. They may give you antibiotics, for me personally Dianette worked better, but that's a hormonal pill which apparently they won't prescribe to over 35s.

Mine were predominantly hormonal, and I found Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg a day reduced their incidence. Salicylic acid toners (I use Nip +Fab dragon's blood, but there are others) help with general pore cleanliness and also to fade the marks.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Fri 10-Mar-17 21:11:22

Thanks all, why would I be getting hormonal changes now? I had a baby about 2 years ago so figured everything would be settled until menopause! I'm slightly reluctant to go to doctors as currently only have 4, they're huge though, and I always get them in those 4 areas.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Fri 10-Mar-17 21:12:21

Hormonal pill no good here, I did get similar spots in my mid twenties when on the pill and came off and they went. Not had them since despite 3 chn and therefore massive hormonal shifts.

welshmist Fri 10-Mar-17 21:14:01

I had antibiotics for mine doctor said I was run down hence the boils so maybe get your bloods checked.

PebbleTTC Fri 10-Mar-17 21:17:51

My husband gets them on his shoulders so I don't think it's a female hormone issue

Trustyourself2 Fri 10-Mar-17 21:25:23

They sound very sore. I've had a few painful acne boils in the past. It's not nice. Why don't you pop into to see a pharmacist tomorrow. They are very good at helping.

Showmethewaytogohome Fri 10-Mar-17 21:26:36

Try magnesium sulphate paste. Very cheap and it works. Brings the boil to a head very quickly. Also be very scrupulous with hygiene when touching them and if when they pop treat with tea tree. No anti biotics needed unless really infected. But that is treating the symptoms
Mine were caused by hormones and not changing clothes quick enough after really sweaty exercise.

twolittleboysonetiredmum Fri 10-Mar-17 21:27:28

Interesting your husband gets them, they're really sore and I can't stop poking them which probably doesn't help. IM very conscious of them. Thank god they aren't on my face. Good idea re pharmacist, I probably should go to doctors too I gurss

Silverstreaks Fri 10-Mar-17 21:47:54

Garlic mashed with sugar and kept in place with a plaster will draw anything out. Sounds weird but works. Its the only thing that took care of boils/blind spots whilst badly fed at boarding school.
Don't leave it on too long it'll burn the surrounding skin 😫

SunsetBeetch Fri 10-Mar-17 22:50:35

I get these when I take any sort of fish oil supplement. They are awful! I found that tea tree oil was helpful in getting them to come to a head, then sudocrem for healing them.

moretea Fri 10-Mar-17 23:15:05

I would second showme's suggestion of magnesium sulphate paste, at least as a try in the first instance. I've had these around my jawline and tried mag sulphur overnight, by the next morning they'd gone down alot and were no longer sore. They've not gone completely but a definite improvement. I find tea tree oil too drying on my skin which then makes it difficult to get a good coverage and finish with make up. Pretty fed up with having to deal with spots and wrinkles simultaneously.

Kennington Sat 11-Mar-17 06:48:14

Check your shampoo and conditioner - I would be willing to put money on them being the cause. If they are too rich and siliconey.
Try switching and no conditioner for a couple of days and see if it improves.
It is the locations of the spots which makes it possible.

AwaywiththePixies27 Sat 11-Mar-17 06:56:19

Placemarking because I've developed these too and one is on my face. Had it since just after Christmas sad

I've been to the pharmacist & got cream and ended up at the doctors on their advice (obviously I didn't use an emergency appointment. the nurse gave me an antibiotic cream and it's still not gone.

Wolpertinger Sat 11-Mar-17 09:28:29

If you are getting them on your back and neck, go and see your GP. You need a prescription product.

Pixies if you have been trying since Christmas, go back to the GP, ideally see if one of them has a derm qualification and see that one, and say it's not working.

fiorentina Sat 11-Mar-17 10:38:03

I have these and was prescribed Duac cream by my GP, it does help. I would like to know how to prevent them though.

Wolpertinger Sat 11-Mar-17 11:02:52

You can't really prevent them if they are hormonal which they mostly are. Your hormones are your hormones.

For back, neck and hairline acne it is worth thinking about your shampoo/conditioner as they may be setting it off, especially if they are silicone heavy.

Also your skin entirely renews itself every few weeks - which is why any treatment has to be done every day. The Duac is a preventer as it is acting on the new skin being developed to stop spots appearing. It's also why cleanser isn't going to get rid of your acne - it's not to do with your skin being dirty, the problem is deeper down.

Anything that you put on individual spots to make them go anyway is OK and great for emergencies but won't prevent new ones coming up as new skin is made.

Truckingalong Sat 11-Mar-17 14:14:47

Blue light therapy sorted mine out after 15+ years of nothing working.

LyndaLaHughes Sat 11-Mar-17 17:57:28

I've suffered from these on and off for years. I've found a miracle cure in the strangest form! It's actually metanium, the nappy cream. It works wonders.

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