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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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My father has a huge infected sebaceous cyst between his shoulder blades which the doctor lanced before christmas. Ever since then he has been on antibiotics and visiting the nurse every few days to be drained and dressed. I am concerned that this is still going on 3 months later and he has just developed another one next to it and therefore put on more antibiotics. Should we be worried or pushing for other treament? He's 81. Thanks.





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I had a small one near my sternum which was driving me mad, I couldn't stop playing with the bloody thing. Inwas concerned that it was a lipoma at first, and might need surgery. Instead, I just gave it a good squeeze, which was a little uncomfortable. But I'd noticed a large pore above it and suspected it was merely a cyst. I've reduced its size by half after expelling a load of stinking white gunk. I'm going to treat it with tea tree oil and wait a few days. If it doesn't disappear of its own accord, I'll try a hot press to open the pores and then another squeeze or three. I'll report back if the tea tree does its job. I never travel without a bottle, it's amazing stuff.





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To all those young men who have Them on their testicles, I assure you not only is it common but it will not ruin your chances at love. Maybe the quick hookup, but not love. If you plan on sleeping with someone and you are worried just explain before hand and maybe even show them the proof online. It's just a swollen oil gland in the end, harmless.





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Can anyone help me? My boyfriend has a cyst on his face and has had it for over two years now. As time has gone by, it's become bigger and bigger. The cyst is close to his eye and we have seen the doctor multiple of times and unfortunately they haven't been able to help us. He works in retail as a manager and find his cyst on his face really uncomfortable when confronting customers in conflict or new people. Where can we go to get help?





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I've suffered with severe cysts in my face from around the age of 15-16 and got a outbreak now of 6 which are gradually going with. Be sure to wash the face more then twice a day. I don't use soap ir any oily products on the face and use a warm salt-water compress whenever I get the chance. Sticking to that washing and compress mine usually draw an head after around 2 weeks. I've also heard a drawing salve can speed up the process depending how deep the cyst actually is. Probably not the best answer but thought id share what works for me fir you to give a try.

Ive had what i recently learned was a sebaceous cyst on the underside of my circumcision ring (where there were 2 tiny holes obviously left from the skin healing around the stitches as a baby) for about 19 years. It grew to the size of a grain of rice long ago and never bothered me much. The other day after having a rather rigorous sex session, it started aching pretty bad and appeared to be oozing what looked like pus. I decided to keep it clean for a couple of days and see what happened. It would swell and i would squeeze out more pus and clean it. Finally today if figured i would get ready to go to the doctor tomorrow but first i would make a poultice with epsom salts. 10 hours later i remembered the epsom salts were still on my penis. I went in the bathroom and removed the poultice only to find what at first glance looked like more pus, but upon further investigation, this time it was firm and waxy. I wiped it away with a Q tip and more took its place. I squeezed the small rice shaped sac and a heap of waxy white substance came out! The growth i had lived with for 18 years is finally out! There still feels like somethings in there though it may just be scarring. Ive applied more epsom salts and will check it again tomorrow.





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I had a sebaceous cyst cut out of the back of my neck by a general surgeon in his office. I just got my stitches removed after 2 weeks and the back of my neck looks awful now. It is a 5inch huge scar with multiple bumps all over it. What can I do about it? Thanks





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Hi! I'm 14 and I recently got told I have a sebaceous cyst in the top centre of my chest. It has started to get a bit bigger over the past couple of weeks and people are pointing it out as you can see it when I am wearing my school uniformm, I've had the cyst for about a year but only recently began to grow. Is there any advice to get it not so obvious because I don't want to get it cut out which my doctor told me I could have done, I don't really want scars there. Thanks!





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I had an epidermal cyst removed 9 months ago, and now I can feel another pea sized lump under the skin in the same place that I had the first one removed. Do epidermal cysts recur? and if so why does this happen? What is the cause of them? Would I have to have the lump removed? If it does need removing can they operate in the same place? will I be left with a ad scar?





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i have been suffering subaceous cysts on my my scrotom for the past 4 years since i was 16,everyday i struggle to get on with my life and things i need to do due to the fact that it effect's my self esteem and confidence with just about everthing because it's always on my mind, i really would like to get the problem resolved as soon as possible, i have not had been in a relationship with someone since it started because its so embarressing, i have been to see skin specialist about my condition and the perscribed my medication that i have to take once a day, nothing is changing and im starting to lose hope, its not just 1 or 2 cysts on my scrotom i literally couldnt count the amount of cysts i have, i would really appericate if someone could give me good advice on what i should do because i'm fed up and dont know if i can keep going on like this i'm only 20 years old and have otherthings to worry about in my life, it's begining to cause me depression and getting angry when i shoulnt be because of my condition, it makes me so upset everyday. If anyone could help me please do so, or if you have had the same as me before and are now cured please let me know what i should do.





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I've had the same problem most of my life and let me assure you if you find a girl who loves and trusts you she will not care. I have had 5 serious relationships since then and not one has been problematic due to the hundred and so sebaceous cysts I have on my scrotum. Now there were countless other issues but once you explain and show proof that's it's harimless and doesn't get passed on you will be aok kiddo. No with a casual hookup the explanation is harder but usually they're too drunk by then... :)

Dude i just got back from the dermatoligist and yea their cyst's. I have about 14 on my balls but 3 of them are big , all the others are small. I know how u feel. I dont feel "sexy" or "hott" cuz iv been told im handsome nd gotten mant girls but since i got them i havnt gotten girls. The doc told me i can get them removed so im going to

i've got this hard bump/lump in my right nostril, at first it didnt really bother me( but now about 1yr pushing 2 maybe) it hurts wen i move my nose, move my nostril, touch it, pretty much anything..... i've tried my best to ignore it till now, its just a hassle now:/ i can also feel summin futher up my right nostril(feels like my insides got another 1 futher up or maybe sum scabbing) but does any1 know wat the lump could be? im going to goto the docs asap





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