Pimples, blackheads and acne - page 2

While cleaning a patient's face, blackheads were mistaken for ground in dirt. (The individual had had a seizure and had fallen pretty heavily onto his forehead, enough so he was bleeding from a cut... Read More

  1. by   FireStarterRN
    'popping' pimples is rather personal. It's actually unsanitary and most people are rather secretive and embarrassed about the fact that they do it, aren't they? It's on par with picking one's nose, in my opinion. I would NEVER do it to a patient!!!
  2. by   UM Review RN
    I haven't had to pop a zit in years. Thank you makers of benzyl peroxide! I dab some on while it's still red and I notice it heals lots faster if the skin is never broken.

    Therefore, no popping for me either. Better to get a good antibiotic and let it heal without breaking the skin if possible.
  3. by   Diary/Dairy
    Mmm - I really do not think I could pop someone else's pimple. Better to let it heal on its own.
  4. by   leslie :-D
    what is it that compels some of us?

    i had this elderly lady in hospice, yrs ago, who was going to have a 'date' night w/her husband.
    we got her showered: her dtr brought her favorite dress, perfume, the whole 9 yrds.
    but she had this blackhead on her upper back that was around 1/4" high.

    it was driving me nuts.

    so i squished it.

    and squished a little more.

    then cleansed it, bacitracin and bandaid.

    she looked very lovely, my pt.
    much lovelier than w/a 1/4" high, in-your-face blackhead.

    some things just need to be done.

    leslie
  5. by   P_RN
    The one on the back is a little different. I bet she felt elegant.
  6. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from P_RN
    The one on the back is a little different. I bet she felt elegant.
    ooooh, she did look elegant.
    she died 2 days later, and i swear, she was wearing that same smile after that romantic date w/her husband.
    same, exact smile.
    it just never faded...

    leslie
  7. by   bigsyis
    I've seen some stuff and then some more in ER and First Responder Trauma, that would curl your eyebrows, but kids, this thread has nearly made me rowlf! Earle, thanks for the story about the Hospice pt. Sometimes ya just gotta do what you gotta do...
  8. by   banditrn
    Quote from earle58
    what is it that compels some of us?

    i had this elderly lady in hospice, yrs ago, who was going to have a 'date' night w/her husband.
    we got her showered: her dtr brought her favorite dress, perfume, the whole 9 yrds.
    but she had this blackhead on her upper back that was around 1/4" high.

    it was driving me nuts.

    so i squished it.

    and squished a little more.

    then cleansed it, bacitracin and bandaid.

    she looked very lovely, my pt.
    much lovelier than w/a 1/4" high, in-your-face blackhead.

    some things just need to be done.

    leslie
    Those are one of the very few things that make me ill! One time in the ICU, I was getting a guy ready for a cardiac cath. I sat him on the edge of the bed to do a wash up, then went in to wash his back. Right in the middle of his back he had a huge blackhead - and I got queasy looking at it.
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    This is quite the interesting discussion.
    I don't go 'round popping my patients' zits in the hospital, as much as I am tempted. Don't think hospitals are the best places to have more portals of entry for superbugs than are already present. But I have seen some that mmmm. It's all I can do to sit on my hands. I know it sounds gross.

    Your story sounds like something I'd do too, Leslie.
    Last edit by ElvishDNP on Dec 11, '07 : Reason: typo
  10. by   leslie :-D
    Quote from Arwen_U

    Your story sounds like something I'd do too, Leslie.
    obviously, it was much more of my hangup.
    this pt had some gross disfigurations, r/t her type of ca.
    and all i could focus on, was this blackhead, crying out to be squished.
    regardless, her husband found her stunningly beautiful, and treated her like the queen she was.

    but thanks, arwen.
    i knew you'd understand.

    leslie
  11. by   ElvishDNP
    Yer welcome, Leslie.
    Sweet story, too.
  12. by   CyndieRN2007
    Not only do they look gross, the large pimples and blackheads are painful. I have expressed the PUS out of some boils and blackheads because the patients have asked me! The pressure is relieved after it is squeezed and it is no longer painful. I know, Im gross.

    Good ole carbuncles and furuncles!
    Last edit by CyndieRN2007 on Dec 11, '07 : Reason: typos
  13. by   MMARN
    Quote from Emmanuel Goldstein
    Ok, that's pretty disgusting...
    *rotfl*

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