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The Killer Zit

Feb 26, 2008 - 9 comments
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My mother lied to me.  She said the hormonal, pre-menstrual acne I had as a teenager would go away by the time I was 20.  Try about age 35 - or longer; I really don't remember.  Once in a while I'll get a toxic eruption, but learned over the years the best thing to do is nothing.  Leave it alone, and it will eventually back off.  Mess with it, and the revenge belongs to the zit.  When a mountain developed from a tiny molehill right between my eyes as a result of unibrow maintenance, I followed my own advice and left it alone.  That was two weeks ago.  This monster turned into an active volcano that finally erupted with no provocation from me last Saturday.  OK, that's a good thing right?  

I woke up Sunday morning and did my usual fumbling around on the nightstand for my glasses before my feet hit the floor.  Why can't I see?  Did someone switch my glasses out in the middle of the night?  No, they're sitting ****-eyed on my face.  Must be a frame problem.  Wrong again.  I can't see squat because my right eye is swollen nearly shut from top to bottom, into my cheekbone, up my forehead and down my nose.  The left eye didn't look too great either.  Looking into the mirror confirmed that I looked like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.  (Yes, I'm severely dating myself with that particular reference.)  I even scared Hubby when he finally opened his own eyes enough to glare at me for waking him up.

I've been feeling kind of "off" for a few days with a headache (rare for me) and more lethargic than usual.  By Sunday, all that was far worse with the addition of my right eye feeling like it was going to explode from the socket in much the same manner as the eruption on the bridge of my nose.  OK, I know by now I need antibiotics, but it's a Sunday.  I'm NOT going to the ER for a freakin' zit!

Yesterday afternoon I dragged myself into my family doctor's office where I learned exactly how serious this infection is.  I have preseptal cellulitis, which basically means in my doc's words, "a very dangerous infection."  He is pumping me up with massive amounts of keflex and I have to go back in a couple of days.  If it's not noticeably better, he threatens me with hospital IV antibiotics.  Why?  Because any infection in the eye area can go directly to the brain.  Nothing like a little meningitis to add to my already disabled body.  Here's a good link that describes the condition, and compares it to the immediately more life-threatening, but related condition called orbital cellulitis.  

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BJI/is_4_30/ai_60579711

Next time you get a zit on your face, and your eye swells up, don't let it go as long as I did.  I swear this thing was sent by Beelzebub himself.  You have been warned!

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by Jaybay, Feb 28, 2008
Thank God for antibiotics!  As the doc told me in my followup this morning, I'm going in the right direction "but not out of the woods yet."  With makeup I can at least face the world without too much embarrassment, but the headache and eye pressure are killers.  Nothing touches it.  As a migraine veteran, I can tell you it's like having a migraine but without the auras of light and sound sensitivity.  I'm nauseated all the time anyway, so who knows if it's worse because of this infection.  Eight more days of popping horse pills.  Stick a fork in me.  I'm done.

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by suzi-q, Mar 07, 2008
My goodness what you have been through!  It is never easy, is it?  How are you feeling these days?

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by Jaybay, Mar 07, 2008
Hi suzi!  Yes, it's been a real joy ride the past few weeks, but the fun appears to have come to an end at last.  I still have a tendency toward headaches, but nothing compared to what it was.  

I'm huddled in the house today thanks to a late arctic front that brought cold rain, crazy winds and even snow flurries to the northwest of Houston.  Cold and wet in Houston is worse than below-zero cold and snow in Yankee land.  It's that kind of cold that gets into your bone marrow and no amount of clothing can combat it.  Thank goodness this cold spell is supposed to be short-lived and we'll be warming up rapidly tomorrow.  Go away winter!  I've got flowers budding and blooming now.  No more cold!

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by suzi-q, Mar 07, 2008
How hot does it get in Houston in the summertime?

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by Jaybay, Mar 07, 2008
July and August are the worst with temps anywhere from the mid 90's to over 100.  With the typical southeast breeze we get off the Gulf of Mexico, the humidity is what makes it so miserable.  I like it hot though, and spend a great deal of time outdoors until late August when even I can't take it any longer.  LOL!  Many years that kind of heat extends into September.  The reward comes in the Autumn through Spring months.  

Our typical weather now is 75-80 for high temps and 50's for lows.  The coldest time is about mid-January through mid-February, but it's not unheard of to get these short arctic blasts through mid-March with 85 degree temps in between.  And we wonder why everyone gets sick this time of year?  Alternating hot and cold temps with a truck load of tree pollen thrown in to boot.

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by babyblueeyes377, Nov 22, 2008
I was just diagnosed with the same thing today i was wondering did the keflex work for u ? i m on 500mg 4x a day . its kinda scary because finallly mmy doc listened to me it took four months to get the diagnosis . my daughter had in june and was hospitalised . I knew what it was they just didnt listen i knew it wasnt freakin ACNE!! well please let me know if it helps with the recurring breakouts too . thanks jess

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by Jaybay, Nov 22, 2008
I don't know about recurring breakouts, but keflex is kind of a first line of defense antibiotic for skin infections.  It knocked mine out pretty quickly.  You're on a very stout dose of keflex so you should be feeling much better in a few days.  It's just as important to keep your hands off the area!  The more you push and poke at it, the more infection gets spread through the surrounding tissues.  Where exactly is your infection?  I hope it's not near your eyes like mine was.  One, it really hurts; and two, it makes it difficult to do anything when you can't see squat.

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by chachi86, Aug 16, 2010
QUESTION! Ok, so I had this and now I have this hard spot where the infection started. Its only been a few days but its still really sore and I don't know if it is going to go away and its making me nervous. Did you guys have that? Its on the upper bridge of my nose and I wanted to see if yours ever went away or if you had to get it removed or what? PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

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by Jaybay, Aug 16, 2010
chachi - it sounds like you still have active infection since the area is still painful.  Keep your hands off of it!  If you go messing around with it you'll only be in bigger trouble.  With antibiotics and a high-power antibiotic ointment, mine was completely gone in a couple weeks.  Wish I could say the same for the associated headache - that took a good month to finally subside.  Have you seen your doctor yet?

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