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Sebaceous Cyst

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'm 17, I have those sebaceous cysts on my penis, one of them is pretty big (about 5-6 mm), and approximately 6 others that are smaller, my friends say I should go check a doctor, but I'm afraid of getting surgery for this, and I also seem to get aroused easily, what can I do?





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Just had one the size of my fiancee's fist removed from my back. Simple operation under local anaesthetic. I would suggest that anyone who has one get it removed as soon as possible. It's a bit tender now and can't wait for the stitches to dissolve. I have been told I will have a dent in my back for the next 6-8 months until the muscle refills the gap.





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I am SO depressed about this. Ten years ago I found an unseen lump in my left testicle. My now ex partner persuaded me to visit the GP. He referred me for an ultrasound scan which came back ok. Over the years this invisible lump has now become very visible. It has two hard zit like cysts beside it now that are very hard and yellow white in colour. I have lost count of the number of times I have been to see several different doctors about this. The initial 'invisible' lump is now massive and causing me a lot of pain. Tonight it is turning black! For years now the Drs have not even bothered to look at them. Last week he offered me vaseline without even looking at them!!! Tomorrow I want to go into the hospital and inform them I will be issuing a formal complaint. Why the hell wont they act? Very depressed and angry about it all.





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You should really just insist that they look. Refuse to leave until they do. Not too difficult.

Greg , heres an update. On Wednesday (day before doctors app) I was in company at my friends. The cyst was now about egg size and very sore. Fireworks were going off and his dog was very agitated. I stood up to fetch something and I could smell something REALLY bad. We thought the dog had messed somewhere. I went to the loo for a pee and the AWFUL truth hit me. The thing had burst! I was covered in blood and the amount of foul smelling pus coming out made me almost vomit. To get home I had to wear sanitary pads off his wife. Good job it happened there really. So now the cysts at half size. Next day doctors. She DID look. I am now taking Flucloxacillin (antibiotics) to clear up the infection. BUT this is the problem...she has arranged another ultrasound. Then she says its either urologist or dermatologist and that both will be reluctant to perform surgery. The message I'm getting is that the cyst burst bevause its the bosies way of getting rid of the poison which had localised rather than entering the bloodstream. So its looking like this is going to be a constant cycle of horror and I should be happy when these monsterous things grow, ripen and then explode. I'm getting to the stage where I feel like removing the damn things myself. Apologies for the graphic description but let me assure you this---the sensory version of what happened was FAR FAR WORSE than Ive described here.

hi am 25 have what seems to be cyst on my scrotum scared to go to docs as i become erct very easy advise please





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Lads - I had two cysts removed yesterday at a local hospital. A very large one on my scrotum and a smaller one on the side of my penis. They had slowly grown in size over the last couple of years and the other week I said enough is enough and finally plucked up the courage to see my GP. I said to him that they were lowering my personal/sexual confidence and sometimes became inflamed and painful - so he referred me to a Urological Surgeon. Luckily, I have health insurance through work so I got an appointment the following week, but if you're going down the NHS route I would recommend you give similar reasons to want them removed as your GP is unlikely to refer you if they feel it's just for cosmetic reasons. The procedure itself lasted about 20 minutes and it was just the surgeon and a nurse present. It was done under local anaesthetic - so, I'm going to lie - it wasn't the nicest experience being awake while they removed them but as I was lying down I couldn't see anything and it was soon over. All I recommend is that you don't suffer in silence like I did for years. I really wish I'd got treatment sooner and don't know why I was so reluctant to see my GP or consultant as I'm sure they've seen much worse genital conditions! For those of you trying to squeeze or cut out cysts at home - DON'T DO IT! There's so much risk of infection and you'll only make them worse - trust me, I'm speaking from experience! If they are tiny, sometimes they can pop and will go away, or, I've found in the past it's best to just leave them alone as more often that not they just get larger if you irritate them. I feel so much better already with them gone and just can't wait for the small wounds to heal fully so I can get on with my life! Hope you find this advice useful - go see your GP: it will be the best thing you'll ever do.





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I've had about 10 on my scrotum for almost 7 years. I told my ex partner of 6 years about them and although they were unsightly, we knew they were harmless, however now I'm single and dating again, I'm not sure I'd be able to take the "next step" with a new partner as I am not sure how she'll react. I've "suffered" in silence for all these years, and I came across this article by fluke after trying to find some relief symptoms. Surgery does sound pretty drastic, but if it's a simple procedure, you know what, I might just do that. Thanks for boost :)

I have 3 large sebaceous on my head, the doctors won't remove them, but I'm worried one is starting to show through my hair, is there anything I can do? Or remove myself?





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I have one large size of a large grape on my scalp. It was a lot small but have grown bigger over last 2 years and now showing through my hair and its so embarrassing. My GP says its cosmetic treatment and needs to be done privately as NHS wont treat this, and now my cyst also become painful. Im not sure what to do, I cant even afford a private treatment.

I have some sebaceous cysts on my scrotum. Can I try to remove them using a pin, punching them and then squeeze ?





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You could.. but the odds of infection..pain..and damage to scrotum could worsen things. I've had several removed in past by licensed dermatologist. The doc will numb area w. Shot of lidocaine or other numbing agent.. then use a small scalpel to cut cysts out. The shots are slightly painful..u don't feel a thing during the removal. Mine were slightly larger. .so my doc then cauterized to stop bleeding. U then apply antibiotics to areas for about two weeks and cover w.gauze. I recommend no intense working out or running. . The sweat can sting the affected areas. There were actually "holes" where the cysts were.. but in my case u couldn't even see a scar after a month or so. Vitamin E helps by applying over area. It's not that bad at all and my doctor did awesome

I have these cyst on my balls. I'm always afraid somebody is gonna think I have some kind of STD. They don't hurt, they aren't even hardly noticeable, but I know they are there and it is embarrassing.





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Just go to licensed dermatologist. I've had several removed in the past. My body over produces sebaceous fluids.. for whatever reason my scrotum has several again. The doc simply gives each cyst a shot of lidocaine. .which numbs the area. Then a small scalpel incises(cuts) the cyst off.. The doctor then cauterizes each area to help stop bleeding and applies an antibiotic to stop areas from getting infected. The scrotum actually has a small "hole" which looks rather scary at first.. but in my case in about 2 weeks.. you can't even tell surgery was done

I have a sebaceous cyst on my forehand that changes in size. I'm reluctant to get it removed due to the scaring it would leave. Are there any other removal methods? Maybe drawing the fluid out with a needle?





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I have one of these lumps just behind my right ear for little over a year. It's hard but can be moved if I was to put my fingers on it, and it worries the heck out of me.





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