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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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Hi, I'm 19 and for the passed few months I have noticed a pea size lump on my v-lip which is hard as a rock and soooo painful! It was till my boyfriend looked in horror at it that I got worried. Any ideas what it could be? Thanks





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Iv have a sebaceous cyst cut out yesterday on my head, iv got 3 stiches, the cyst come out whole like a big nut,but today iv got up with lots of pain in my head and in the back of my neck, it that nomal?? thank you very much...





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I have a sebaceous cyst on the left middle of my back which is badly infected. I have recently been experiencing sharp stabbing pains in my chest directly in front of the cyst. Is there likely to be any connection? The pain is almost constant now.





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Hi I'm 45 and in may 2014 I started forming a hard lump on my chin, It got golf ball size with n days,I was so and still upset cause I wouldn't go in public and ended up not going to my daughters graduation,plus the fact she left for college the next day,,,well I went to doctors few days later he tried to drain but couldn't so he referred me to a plastic surgeon, well he said I had to have it removed surgically so within few days had removed, well my nightmare started, I ended being allergic to the sutures so he had to do another surgery to remove them and put non disolveable ones in and those sutures didnt hold up and coming out cause he didn't remove all of the sutures from first surgery he put me on bactrum onitment and antiboics well my chin started having an infection now all this time my chin has a huge whole and wouldnt heal I was so upset when i had tobgo to his office because he would call me the clone of Jay Leno (no offence cause I like Leno) but to have doctor make fun of your medical issue when he is the one who is suppose to be the medical professional and help treat he just made me spiral into deeper depression. I didn't think he knew what he was doing so went to a different plastic surgeon and he ended up cut open to clean out infection in the office same day and reclosed incision well chin wasn't having it,those sutures started opening again so he recleaned infection and put on different antibiotics. He took stitches out and incision opened up again he took swab and came back with staph infection he decided to let chin close on own, its been 8 mths 2weeks to the day and incision still wide open I don't go out much cause way people stare at me never mind the stock I have gone threw of BAND-AIDS its so embarrassing, well now found out yesterday the staph infection is so out of control the only way is to treat is go under again but this time he is having an IV pic line put in 3 days prior to surgery which is scheduled in two weeks and I'm going to have to be on iv meds for 10 days after surgery,my chin hurts and burns so bad at this point I don't no wat else to do this cyst has caused me to go into hiding ,,I don't go anywhere trapped in my house I don't eat cause infection is on my jaw bone now hurts to open and close.. I have lost 46lbs in the past 8mths, if I do go out I make sure its like 3 or 4 in the morning so I don't get all the looks,,,I hate the fact I literally have a whole visual enough that it scares me when I look in the mirror.. I just dont no what else to do i want this Freaking Nightmare to be over with and get my life back...my husband of 16 yrs I'm thankful for sticking around cause I don't think I could go threw all the emotional trauma I have put him through..





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Hello im 23 years old .A couple months ago i found a lump on my v-lip, i was scared it could be cancer i went to my doctor who put me on antibiotics she said it could be a cyst or ingrowing hair.. 3 weeks later it went small and dissappeared.. 2 months on i found another lump abit up from the last 1, i went back to my doctor who said i could be prone to cysts and to monitor it incase it hurts or goes red 1 week on iv got another just below it they are about the size of a pea and its abit sore not alot tho touch wood please give me some insite im scared of treatments in hospital i have a 1 year old all i keep thinking is i want to see her grow up im scared of cancer. what should i do and what could it possibly be? please could you help x





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thanks vanessa, no not a dramatic person, just one who is sick of wearing dressing bandages while swimming, to cover up gross looking sores. (in the past ive used a dressing pad with tea tree oil in it to burn/dry cysts up) only downside is the smell, and it burns the skin around the cyst too. but dries up and bursts over 4 days. I will rethink the doctors surgery, (the last surgery for cysts was for 1 and took an hour), so if the doc removes the sac, will that prevent them coming back? I generally have 4-5 at a time, and am very rarely without one.taa





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i have a cyst right on my temple been there for about 3-4 years now at one point it did vanish then a week or 2 later it came back again! been to the doctors so many times but they won't do anything about it i truly hate it for fact that everyone can see it people pointing out and saying 'what's that on the side of your head' i can see it in photos it's drained my confidence but all the doctor keep saying is to pay and get it removed privately which i can't afford. Going doctors in a bit so all i can do really is just keep going back and asking to get it removed. The cyst has also changed colors & is slowly getting bigger is there anyone that has actually managed to get there's removed from the doctors?





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The doctors usually won't touch it if it's mainly cosmetic reason you want it gone since it's really not cancerous. I suggest you say it hurts and very painful even if it dosn't hurt, It implys that it's infected and needs to be removed as well as now you're insurance if you have will now cover the cost of removing since now not a cosmetic issue. If you have a great doctor they usually will know and do it as infected anyways but if you have a doctor who just dosn't want to you Should find a doctor you like and who actually listens to you.

I have what I think is a cyst beside my eye over the last year it has grown bigger than a pea. It is hard and sometimes very read. People have now started to notice and ask what it is. I wear glasses and don't no it the pains I get in the side off my face,in my eye and such headaches that tables just don't help. is down to the cyst. My first visit to my doctor i was told its cosmetic go to a cosmetic clinic. They didn't look at it or ask if i had any pain. The second time i ask it was much bigger and the headaches more frequent and again its cosmetic again no interest was shown. I am so fed up with people asking, frowning at me. I work in a local shop and although people are only concerned for me. It now getting me down. I don't go out i didn't go to Christmas get together. What can i do I've tried clinics they won't do as to close to the eye. I can't afford private heath care. what advice can u give me.





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hi, Im almost 42, and I've had sebaceous cysts since I was 6.5 yrs old. my sister died that year, from meningitis, she was sick for about 4 days. 3 weeks later I found a small lump, behind my knee. the doctor told me to massage it and it would go away; I did this and it went a couple of months later... tnen, I got another one in my groin (not fun for a 7 yr old girl) a different doc operated on it to check for cancer etc... clear. but then after that I have been getting them regularly. ive worked out that when im stressed (puberty/parental exhaustion hormones) they are worse. if I get stressed its about 3 weeks later that I have them. at this moment, I have one on my upper arm, back of thigh, top of bottom cheek and one in armpit. the thigh one just appeared from nowhere, common for me- and was golf ball size, making it hard to sit on the toilet... it has now popped and left its usual volcano carbuncle riser. its about half size now. my arm one finally burst yesterday after several days of applying bactroban and dressing. im not sure of the smell (I have no sense of smell) but they usually pop with blood and oodles of gross looking pus, then after empty, watery clear pus and bits of blood. in the past a 3rd doctor had success injecting steroids into the cyst, which then over 4 days shrunk, leaving an indent stretch scar. unfortunately he moved town after a year, so that stopped. sometimes they start as a pimple, then the next day they 'erupt' into a full blown egg. I have scars on my thigh from where they've stretched my skin. SURELY there must be a reason/cure/treatment??!! they have stopped me from working in the past, when ive had 4 in my groin, and couldn't even put on clothing and walk properly. a 4th doctor, who after removing my gall bladder, suggested I have them cysts removed each time they come up... which would mean i'd be in surgery every 3rd day with scars on scars... with 3 young children this is NOT AN OPTION. pregnancy helped a bit, and now menopause is making life interesting... my family were sheep graziers, and my husband and I wonder if I had got an infection (cheesy gland being the most likely- similar growths and pusy sores) as a teen I treated them in 2 ways: 1 hot bath with tea tree oil in it, soaking in the hot makes them rise and burst, messy but effective; and 2 gently squeezing them, not recommended, as sometimes they'd burst outside, and sometimes theyd 'pop' internally, which meant i'd get quite sick about 3 days later , and have to get antibiotics for the infection. i'd appreciate a reply via email as well as on this blog. taa





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Since you know that they are sabacous cyst from your doctors and not boils, You should know that stress ect has nothing to do with why you get them or other health issues, very health people get them as well from sabacous,pilar,and epidermis cyst. I Personally don't know or recommend home remedies because none have ever worked for myself. The Treateatment option for cyst are to be removed by drainage and pulling sac out or try not to rupture it and remove in one piece. The Cyst themselves are not cancerous and doctors usually don't want to touch unless infection as you previously said when yours pop and you drain yourself you get sick and need antibiotics so yours are infected afterwards more likely from it being a open wound. if you don't remove the sac their is a greater chance of them recurring. I Think you need to make a personal choice of can you live with small scars to have removed completely for your benifit because it's better to have small scars then uncomfortable lumps right. The Surgery itself is quick done inside of doctor office and usually they do one first and this procedure is not going to prevent you from being a parent nor keep you bedridden it's minor surgery which I un thinking surgery it's going to be this traumatic thing it's not its minimal and you should be functioning just fine but be a little sore in spot where it's done unless your a very not trying to sound mean but dramatic person.

This sounds like hydradenitis suppurativa.

I have one on my lower back that became infected about 3 years ago. It was the size of a tennis ball. may Doctor was going to remove it for me but before he could, i burst. However, I thought it would just go away an heal then but 3 years on I still seem to have a small hole, which seeps this awful smelling sebum.As it has now been there 3 years, without swelling or pain, just the weeping, I assume it isn't about to go on its own. How do I get rid of it so the hole heals over please.





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