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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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Can you just lance them and get rid of them yourself. My friend has one on his head. I had one on my head and a lovely friend of mine hit me over the head with the yellow pages, nearly knocked me out! Didn't make it burst but it made it very angry and burst two days later! Obviously this treatment is not recommended for all ?





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I have one on my scalp for years and it recently grew huge, it got infected and was really painful and the doctor gave me flumoxillin (or something along those lines), ive had it before but never this strong and they said it might explode. one day after taking it i pushed the cyst on my head just to check how tender it was and it exploded! I squeezed all the pus out (its really gross and not for the fainthearted), but now im worried about washing my hair incase it gets infected again? any advice?





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Hi I've recently had a hysterectomy for ovarian cyst and endometriosis was discovered I've now felt a hard lump, very sore, on my vagina could this be related? Could it be a sebaceous cyst or bartholin cyst, or am I worrying to much! Thanks





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Hi what kind of doctor shall i go to check this kind of cyst?





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I had a smelly spot on my neck 5 years ago and doc said it was nothing! Now I have a large cyst on my neck which is infected and very saw! I have ani biotics and pain killers! Will they need to take the keratin out?





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A cyst on my scrotum just burst, now I have a small fleshy lump sitting out of the whole that has been left any advice anyone?





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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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Get to your doctor.

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.

I feel bad for you and can't believe how bad the doctors have been. I've had a few small cysts on my scrotum since I was 16 (I'm 35 now) I have always been embarrassed by them and not slept with as many girls as I would've liked because of them. I went to the doctors when I first got them and was told it was normal. I went again about 4 months ok and they referred me to a nhs urologist. Today I'm in hospital, about to have surgery to remove them.

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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