A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Sebaceous Cysts
I had a question the other day about sebaceous cysts.
Sebaceous cysts are skin growths containing a mixture of sebum (oil) and skin proteins.
They usually appear as small, slowly growing swellings on your face, scalp, or back.
A whitehead is actually a tiny sebaceous cyst.
These nodules feel firm but movable and rarely hurt unless they become infected.
If infection sets in, there may be redness and swelling, and the area may become sensitive to the touch.
Sebaceous cysts are benign, but they can become a site of chronic, usually bacterial, infection.
With chronic infection, an abscess may form.
If the cyst is inflamed, your doctor may inject it with a steroid medicine to reduce swelling.
If an antibiotic is prescribed, be sure to take Optiflora (see below) to replace necessary “friendly” bacteria.
Don’t take Optiflora at the same time of day as the antibiotic.
If you develop an inflamed or infected sebaceous cyst, your physician may suggest surgical drainage, a procedure performed in the doctor’s office.
To deal with sebaceous cysts it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Aloe vera is soothing and healing. Apply pure aloe vera gel to the affected area as directed on the product label.
*Burdock root and red clover are both powerful blood cleansers.
*Goldenseal extract or tea tree oil can be applied topically to fight infection.
*Milk thistle helps your liver cleanse your blood.
*Witch hazel, applied to your skin, is excellent for absorbing oil.
*Avoid fats, especially saturated fats, and all fried foods.
*Also avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, cocoa, dairy products, eggs, fat, fish, meat, salt, and sugar.
*Follow a fasting program.
*Apply warm compresses several times daily.
*Use hot water when washing your skin. This helps to dissolve skin oil.
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