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Sebaceous Cyst

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You’re nothing special – most people will get an epidermoid cyst at some point in their life but these smooth round lumps, commonly found on the scalp, neck, face, chest and upper back can often, quite understandably, cause alarm. Epidermoid cysts most commonly affect people in their 20s and 30s and are twice as likely on men – in fact the scrotum is a further common place for them to occur. The size of these lumps can vary from that of a small pea to a few centimetres wide and some may slowly grow over a few months. If punctured a toothpaste or cheese type fluid will sometimes seep from the cyst. Epidermoid cysts are not cancerous. Most of the time, if the cyst isn’t bothering you they can be left untouched however a number of reasons stipulate that some people may get them removed: if the cyst is particularly large or in an obvious place and therefore causing cosmetic dissatisfaction; if the cyst becomes infected or if the cyst is in a place where it is likely to become ‘traumatized’ such as the scalp which through frequent contact with a comb could become irritated. Removal is by way of a simple surgical procedure with a local anesthetic.

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Hi I would like to help many sebaceous cyst affected people like myself and I believe it is not a cure but definitely reduces them to the root so a head appears like on a spot on your face or completely get rid and if they come back usually cause your itching or not cleaning properly I know this as I suffer myself and have purposely itched to create or rile the cyst which usually you can see little white heads before they start to get infected there your sweat glands. So I riled a spot not once but twice and I used a gel called adepalene benzoyl peroxide usually used for acne don't go for surgery your waiting time and playing with your feeling as I know myself Iv been there an I'm sure your being affected in some way confidence sexual anything but it plays on your mind end of story but give them a try, twice I have used this stuff it works saves surgery and in 2 or 3 days pop an clean if your worried about infection stay clean and like any spot it simply disappears hope Iv helped but I'm watching people go of surgery on embarrassing bodies and I just do this





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Hi, I'm 16 going on 17. And I have a problem. I have all of these puss filled spots that around the inner thighs, underarms and around the anal region. It's embrassing I don't feel comfortable when sitting down. One time there was spot under my armpits and the spot was around 1cm and was filled with puss; I was in class I put my hands to answer a question then after I answered I put my hand down and doing so popped the spot I asked to go to the toilet to clean myself. As i went to the toliet my white shirt armpit area was covered in puss and blood. Does anyone know what I should I do and if anything similar has happened. I tried to go to he Gp but I was too embarrassed so I cancelled. I would really appreciate it if you could help. Thank you





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Hi, This sounds very similar to my teenage years. After 3 years of being too embarrassed to see a doctor and then 3 years of dismissive doctors, a new doctor told me it was Hidradenitis Suppurativa and specialists backed up their findings. If Hidradenitis Suppurativa seems like your own condition - go see a doctor. There's nothing to be embarrassed about; doctors have seen it (or something similar) before. Even though I can't get rid of it, I kind of feel relief at knowing what it is and control in how I react and deal with it and the pain. I'm a much happier, confident and social person now. Even if it's not HS, I found that using combine dressings and some tape great for absorbing all the yuk while also cushioning the tender parts. Good luck :)

I have a small yellow spot on my penis which I assuming is this I've had one before same place and i squeezed it and it disappeared now it's back what should I do this time





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Hi I have few lumps on my head been the doctors with them they said it's cysts due to sweat glads being blocked I also have hair lost where they are does the hair grow back doctors just gave me antibiotics but never work he wants me to pay to have them removed should I have to pay to have them removed





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I have had a small bump on my right cheek for a few years. My doctor said it was a sebaceous cyst and recommended not messing with it unless it bothered me. I always have a beard, so I didn't worry about it. Recently, it became infected and blew up pretty quick. I went to a dermatologist (mistake #1) and he immediately drained it, packed it with antibiotic string and scheduled a full removal in one week. I'll cut this short and get to the end result. This was dragged out for 5 more appointments, the "simple procedure" has left me with a 2 1/2 inch scar on my face and my face is twisted in a very odd way. It basically feels like I have half a facelift. My only real issue is that this Dermatologist did not council me through this. He just went to cutting without explaining the possible outcome or giving me an option to take antibiotic and leave the cyst. Has anyone felt with this before?





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I have had a small bump on my right cheek for a few years. My doctor said it was a sebaceous cyst and recommended not messing with it unless it bothered me. I always have a beard, so I didn't worry about it. Recently, it became infected and blew up pretty quick. I went to a dermatologist (mistake #1) and he immediately drained it, packed it with antibiotic string and scheduled a full removal in one week. I'll cut this short and get to the end result. This was dragged out for 5 more appointments, the "simple procedure" has left me with a 2 1/2 inch scar on my face and my face is twisted in a very odd way. It basically feels like I have half a facelift. My only real issue is that this Dermatologist did not council me through this. He just went to cutting without explaining the possible outcome or giving me an option to take antibiotic and leave the cyst. Has anyone felt with this before?





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I'm a 28yr old female and I tried to make a GP appointment today for a cyst I have on my scalp but could only get a phone appointment. Told the gp my cyst has started to seep and oose puss again (previously burst 3yrs ago and I can remember the pain :( ) he's has written me a prescription and said there isn't anything else they can do. This gp has never seen my cyst as it was a different practice I attended as I've since moved house. Is this normal? Shouldn't a gp at least examine it?





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Iam a 53 year old woman and today have been to the doctors today as I have 3 sebaceous cysts formed just in my vagina wall the dogtor said nothing can be done you have to wait for them to go is this correct?





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I had a pretty big sebaceous cyst removed from my underarms through surgery yesterday and since the anesthetic wore off i have been in a lot of pain and stil am. painkillers are not helping at all. I can't move that arm properly and I haven't slept in over 24hrs because of this, i am so tired i don't know what to do. Is this normal? How long will it last? They said i will be experiencing discomfort but this isn't discomfort, this is really really painful! Please help. I really don't know what to do!





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In 2012 my son felt that he swallowed something and was chocking he was rushed to A&E. Every test and scan was done and we were told that nothing was found.Can someone pls help me My son has been suffering a crackling noise on the right diode of his neck, sometimes he is twitching the neck in adjustment to rid this 2015 he had a nasty throat infection recently that block the throat, he couldn't swallow. Has completed the course of penicillin ands diazepam and return to the surgery to told that they don't know what else to do .this has impacted of his daily living.





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