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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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I had a sebaceous cyst just above my lip and it looked so unsightly I decided to pay to have it removed completely. For about £300-£400 you can have the whole thing taken off and stitched back up nicely.





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I've had a sebaceous cyst on my labia for nearly three years with no problems. Two days ago it suddenly swelled up and became incredibly painful. I couldn't wear underwear and I was waddling around like a penguin because it hurt so bad. I went to the doctor, who said it had turned into an abscess. He gave me an injection of local anastheic, and cut it out. It took 5 minutes and the injection was the sorest part. I was sent away with painkillers (I don't seem to need them yet, nothing is hurting), antibiotics, and instructions to come back to the doctors surgery for the next three days to get the wound cleaned. He didn't stitch it, just packed the wound with gauze and stuck a plaster over it. The relief from pain and worry was instantaneous and I wish I'd gone in two days ago.





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I am 24 years old, and over the last year I have developed about 2 very noticeable cysts on my cheek. They have been infected before, but for the last 6 months or so I have had no problems with them - aside from them destroying my self confidence. I've recently seen a dermatologist after an 11 month waiting period, who took one look at me, said I had cystic acne and need to go on roaccutane. I have seen 2 doctors before the derm, who both said they were sebacous cysts. I'm willing to try anything to get these cysts away but having done some research apparently the roaccutane may clear up my acne (I only suffer from hormonal breakouts - this does not worry me) but will do NOTHING for these cysts. If anyone has went through something similar any advice you can offer would be amazing.





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HiAll I have been treating along with my Doctor for the last month.It started as lump on my cheek but after time grew very large and angry. My doctor diagnosed a sebaceous cyst and prescribed a course of ant biotics and told me to return in 10 days which i did, he still was not happy and put me on a further course of anti biotics. However when the cyst began to weep i started to use magnesium sulphate paste on hydrocolloid dressings which is a clear plaster to draw the poison out. So far so good and the plastersare still drawing out the poison which is rather smelly. Back to the doctors on friday at his recommendation but bear with it until the poison is out. DONT GIVE UP

I'm going through exactly the same problem. I'm fed up of the NHS and am going privately to get it removed it's ruined my confidence for nearly a year as, like you, it's on my cheek. I've had 5 different types of tablets and the dermatologist gave me some creams.. They say to be patient but there is no sign of even a tiny improvement. Nothing has changed since. Let me know how you get on, or if you have had any luck with reducing it!

I have gone through the exact same thing for 3 years. My first sebaceous cyst was between my cheek and my chin. My derm also told me it was an acne cyst. He gave me 3 steroid injections into the cyst. Each time it went away but came back even bigger. It was the worst mistake I'd made. I then went to see a plastic surgeon and he lanced it, tried to shrink the cyst (wall and all) and wound up removing it. I had to heal from a scar, but the scar isn't even noticeable any more. Unfortunately, 3 years later I got another one on my cheek and had it removed last week. Best advice I can give you is that if you want them gone, find a good plastic surgeon.

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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I have had 2 boils on my scalp in as many months. My second boil was over Christmas and was very inflamed and excrutiating. I wanted it lanced. I was informed over the phone that the only treatment is antibiotics they dont lance them anymore even though they are painful. I was surprised that i was diagnosed over the phone but no lancing allowed. Now if you see youtube in the states it appears to be you have a zit nurse who sorts boils,cysts, acne, blackheads, whiteheads etc...... why doesnt the nhs have this?





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