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So, last Thursday or Friday I noticed a pimple at the entrance of my nose. Went to pop it and it did without too much trouble. A day later it looked a lot different had grown into an infected area. 2 days and it was a clearly infected abcess. Face and neck started feeling burning sensations on and under the skin. Pain was super dull. Never really felt anything like it. Closest thing I can think of was an abcessed tooth I had a little while back.

By the third day I was having wicked nasty headaches and the pain was coming in waves, so I went to clinic. Doc took a look and said it's an abcess and gave me an antibiotic and topical ointment. Said after 3 days, if no improvement to come back. 3 days later, still no signs of improvement and I went to a different clinic to get a second opinion. Doc says same as first except he adds that it isn't mature yet. Gives me a different antibiotic and said I can double up the 2 different meds. I was a bit concerned about taking 2 at the same time.. He assured me it's safe. He also said it probably wouldn't mature for another 3-5 days, which is brutal. After nearly a week of dealing with this, I'm at my wit's end.

The pain I can deal with. But it being at the entrance of my nose, I'm concerned that the infection could spread to my brain. The headaches are what bother me the most. I've tried ibuprofen and Aleve, and results have been mixed. I am not a fan meds and generally only take when absolutely needed. But now doubling up on an antibiotic, I'm not sure whether to take 2 ibuprofen instead of one for the headaches.

If it was anywhere else, I wouldn't be posting this, but the location and ongoing headaches and burning sensation on half my face and neck, even behind my eyes is tough to deal with. And of course the proximity to my brain doesn't make me feel any better.

Anyone have some good suggestions for the headaches and the pain?
 
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Paul is a she now? Dang, I must be slippin'. Can't tell who's what these days. :hihi:

So, for the kiosk sign in at the clinic, for gender, the options were male, female, or non-binary. I hadn't seen it listed quite like that. I've seen "Other" but not nb.
 

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Paul is a she now? Dang, I must be slippin'. Can't tell who's what these days. :hihi:

So, for the kiosk sign in at the clinic, for gender, the options were male, female, or non-binary. I hadn't seen it listed quite like that. I've seen "Other" but not nb.
I couldn't find a "he's not wrong" gif and I thought using the "she's not wrong" ironically was funnier.

Sorry, Paul.
 

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Please make an appointment with a dermatologist right away! I don't know if you were around when the small pimple on my nose (I did not pop it) turned out to be skin cancer, but it was not fun...at all. Mohs surgery to remove nearly half my nose one day. Reconstructive surgery the next day. GO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST RIGHT NOW!
 
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Please make an appointment with a dermatologist right away! I don't know if you were around when the small pimple on my nose (I did not pop it) turned out to be skin cancer, but it was not fun...at all. Mohs surgery to remove nearly half my nose one day. Reconstructive surgery the next day. GO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST RIGHT NNOW!
Well, you got me convinced. I need to see one anyway for other seemingly minor issues as well.

I know one here in town my son visited previously. He was cool. Don't know why I didn't think of that sooner.

Thanks! :9:
 

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Please make an appointment with a dermatologist right away! I don't know if you were around when the small pimple on my nose (I did not pop it) turned out to be skin cancer, but it was not fun...at all. Mohs surgery to remove nearly half my nose one day. Reconstructive surgery the next day. GO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH A DERMATOLOGIST RIGHT NOW!
Really? OMG. I must have missed this.
 

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Well, you got me convinced. I need to see one anyway for other seemingly minor issues as well.

I know one here in town my son visited previously. He was cool. Don't know why I didn't think of that sooner.

Thanks! :9:
Well, I certainly hope it's not skin cancer but, yes, I didn't know you needed to be told to go to a derm!
 
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But she's a doctor. DO NOT POP AT HOME!
FWIW I've read from a dermatologist, if you 100% absolutely must rid yourself of the problem, which you shouldn't, the proper procedure is to lance it first with a nice sharp needle. This creates an opening for the puss to go out instead of pushing back in and causing issues.

I am in no way endorsing or recommending this, just passing on info I've uselessly collected over the years.
 
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What kind of doctor did you see? Did you go to doc in a box or did you go to an actual dermatologist?
I'm making an appointment to see a dermatologist as I type this. Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

Yeah, I went to a walk in clinic. Smh at me.
 

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I'm making an appointment to see a dermatologist as I type this. Don't know why I didn't think of it sooner.

Yeah, I went to a walk in clinic. Smh at me.
For the pain, try alternating 2 200mg ibuprofen and 2 500mg acetaminophen every 3 hrs. not a long-term solution but should help until you get to the dermatologist.

Good luck and keep us informed!!
 

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Really? OMG. I must have missed this.
It was 2009-ish. Sadly, not my first dance with cancer. Nor will it be my last. Part of my nose is my ear. Most say you cannot notice the scars unless I take my glasses off.

But I'll be darned if I'm going to let it get me!
 

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