Patient : Four days ago, I have a pea-sized cyst on my cheek injected with cortisone steroids. I have had this treatment for cystic acne flare-ups in the past; usually the cyst is gone within 24 hours. This time, I have had absolutely NO response; the cyst is as prominent and painful as it was before the injection. I contacted my derm to see if I could get a second injection, and was told I would have to wait another month(!!!) NB, this is not an insurance or financial issue. My question then, is why must I wait for treatment while the cyst continues to fester? I understand that overly-aggressive corticosteroid treatment can leave a "dent" in the skin...could this be the reason? Also, at this point, can I still expect improvement?
These Q&A’s are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.