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





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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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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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I had a sebaceous cyst removed 3 days ago, is it normal for bruising after to rapidly spread & get darker? Its now the size of a large dressing patch





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I have a cyst just under my Virginia had one before and I burst it this one is a lot bigger will I try burst this r just let it be help





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NO! Don't pop or squeeze just leave them alone until you can get it removed by a doctor. Popping carries a huge chance of vag infection and then it just grows back bigger as yours did

I have these type of lumps/cysts on my cheeks they have been there nearly a year, I can't even go out the house anymore. I'm getting seriously depressed. Been to doctors, they gave me tablets that don't even work. Lost myself.





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I have had a slowly swelling sebaceous cyst on my arm since I was sixteen. Today I had it removed at the age of 46 because I was starting to bump it on surfaces and was sick of seeing it. All done in 30mins in the local doctors surgery with a local anaesthetic. Very happy :D





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