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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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Im 15 and just been to the doctors as i have a abses/cyct in my vagina on the operning and is really un comfterble and saw help:(





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I hate the surgrey on my scalp to remove then and im in terrible pain i cant move my head what should i do





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I have a cyst on my balls what shall I do





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I have a pea sized hard lump near the opening to my cervix in my vagina. It is not sore at all and although I do not sleep around I have been tested previously and have no Sti or stds! Anyone know what this could be?





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Hi my son has small lumps on his legs arm neck and head should i be worried, he's 25 and dosn't want to go Dr's iv'e read many different posts on sites but nothing is really giving me any answers.





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This could be molluscums. Are there any scabs or spots?

hi my names thomas im in my 20s, and around 6 years ago i was stupid enough to shave my private region/testicles with a razor. a few weeks after that i can remember small lump boil like things under the skin? i saw a doctor and sexual health clinic which both prescribed antibiotics for it which never worked! how serious are sebatious cysts?? can you please advise on what this could be as there are now several lumps with pussy stuff inside them...i have attempted to squeeze a few with white cream puss stuff which is so horrible to look at...eww....its really frustrating? im really worried about it as the doctor said it was maybe folliculitis? can anyone relate to this and if so how serious could this be as iv had this problem for atleast 6 years? thanks thomas





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This is the same with me but am only 15 and I havnt been to the doctors because I thought it would just go but it hasn't not sure what it is or how I've got it Would love it if you could reply tell me more about this please Thanks

I 44 female .had a small pea size lump on the side of my face /neck .its hard it doesnt hurt at all just bothering me because its notiable and ugly .could it be a sebacus cyst and will i have to see my gp xx wendy





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Wendy, I have the same thing and gave had it for 10 years . I was referred by the doctor to have it checked and underwent thorough checks . It is a cyst attached to my epidermis and is benign. It can be removed with surgery but I opted to leave it unless it develops into something more which they can do. Don't think it is anything to worry about but get it checked and surgery to remove it is possible.

Hi I'm Stacey 22 yrs old and I have had a pea size cyst on the side of my face by my eye It sometimes aches it's like a hard ball under the skin I want it gone, I feel so insecure with it there





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I am currently overseas in the Canary Islands. I have a sebaceous cyst on my back which became infected. After 10 days of antibiotics, a lot of squeezing and hot baths, the surgeon now says that he wants to remove it and put me under general anaesthesia. He said that he can´t give me a local if it is infected. I don´t understand because six years ago in New York my dermatologist cut one out while it was infected with just a local anaesthesia. Why cant they do the same with me now? Is this unusual to go under? General anaesthesia frightens me, especially here.





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Any idea who I need to speak too about two lumps on my head, I lost my hair and now I have two very visible lumps on my head and I'm very self conscious about them, I have seen the dr about them he says they are cysts but refuses to do anything about them





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