So I’m starting to develop an infection again. It’s been a while since I’ve had one. The spot with all the cream on it was really itchy last night and I must have kept picking at it. Today it is red, sore and swollen and when I run my hand over it, it feels like there is a golf ball beneath the skin. So me and my smart thinking: I thought it would be a great idea to just attack it with tweezers. I have now put antibacterial cream on it and bandaged it up. Here’s hoping that’s enough to combat the infection. Sometimes when I get them on my legs, the pain is that bad I can hardly walk – it feels like my leg is burning and the sore will be hot to touch. Yet I refuse to see a doctor when it is like that because I hate their “I told you so” disapproving looks.
All bandaged up! I can still feel the sore throbbing as I sit here and write this though. It’s like it has a pulse of its own.
Posted on January 15, 2013, in Picking, Pictures and tagged Infected. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
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Thank you so much for doing that. I really appreciate it and I look forward to sharing our journey’s together. I will get onto adding a “Blogs I Follow” page to my blog so that I can also share a link to your website with my readers. Thanks again! xox
You should probably see a doctor for this, but one that understands what skin picking is. I think the literature regarding dermatillomania is becoming a lot more widespread than it was even a few years ago, and doctors are at least more familiar with it. I understand your reservations about seeing a physician completely – I’d just hate for it to get worse. Let me know how it goes, sending you lots of love and hugs.
Thank you for your love and support. My regular Doctor now knows about this condition thanks to me and he will prescribe me an antibacterial cream (called Bactroban I think) whenever I start to develop an infection – luckily I still had some on hand as that is what I have applied to it. This is how naive some doctors are that I’ve come across – I went to an emergency after hours clinic with a really bad skin infection, he had no idea what derma was and didn’t seem to understand it even after I explained it to him. He then prescribed me an eye ointment for a serious skin infection. Needless to say, I never went back there again!