Sebaceous Cyst

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    Jan 22, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    Well I have these two pimples on the back of my neck that have been there for at least a month and a half. They started off as like a pimple but then got a little bigger over time and now are about 2cm and reddish. They look like pimples and feel like they are full of pus. Ive tried putting benzoly peroxide on them before thinking that they are pimples but they never seem to go away, they only dry up. I think I have Sebaceous Cyst which looks like this:
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    Anyone has anything like this? I dont know if I have sebaceous cyst, Im just assuming from googling around to find what it is. Im getting them checked out next week cause they make me feel insecure wearing a t shirt and people seeing the back of my neck. Also, I want them gone!

    Edit: or I think I have a furoncles on my neck
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    Jan 22, 2011 5:12 PM GMT
    Furuncles and carbuncles actually hurt quite a bit.
    Sebaceous cysts, if not superinfected, do not hurt. When "popped" they extrude a cheesy substance that is not pus.
  • CarbGoggles

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    Jan 22, 2011 8:39 PM GMT
    OMG pop it and film it!
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:06 PM GMT
    I just vomited, I can't believe there are people who enjoy that ahahaha.
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    If they're too deep to pop, got to go to the Doctor....they inject you with lidocaine and lance it.
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:42 PM GMT
    take a couple shots of tequila.
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
    Go get it checked and then tell us what doc says. That needs to be checked out VERY SOON buoy.

    They may send some of the substance in it for a culture to see if it's staph but doc will determine if that is necessary. Seriously, that is nothing to mess with.
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:53 PM GMT
    Go to a doctor for a diagnosis. I did have something like that and had to set up an appointment to get it removed. They freeze the area, make a small incision remove whatever is causing the lump and stitch you back up. They can only really tell you what it is by removing it. Turns out it was a cyst created by an ingrown hair that was infected. It's not a big procedure and the peace of mind is a relief to know what it is
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    Jan 22, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    Is it a tumor?
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:01 PM GMT
    sdgman saidIs it a tumor?


    Tumor!
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    Jan 22, 2011 10:14 PM GMT
    This is ridiculous. You come to an internet site to get medical advice? Are you out of your mind?

    Go to a doctor.
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    Jan 22, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    toddstud saidGo to a doctor for a diagnosis. I did have something like that and had to set up an appointment to get it removed. They freeze the area, make a small incision remove whatever is causing the lump and stitch you back up. They can only really tell you what it is by removing it. Turns out it was a cyst created by an ingrown hair that was infected. It's not a big procedure and the peace of mind is a relief to know what it is


    Yeah Im getting it checked out on Monday since its been really worrying me since its gotten bigger in the last month. I think it might be an infection from an ingrown hair since its at areas where my hair grows out of.
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    Jan 22, 2011 11:15 PM GMT
    fastprof saidThis is ridiculous. You come to an internet site to get medical advice? Are you out of your mind?

    Go to a doctor.


    I would but I dont want to shell out money! Im broke and I dont have healthcare at all so yeah.... It takes awhile for me to be able to go to the doctors since I dont really have money to spend at the doctors with no job.
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    Jan 22, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
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    fastprof saidThis is ridiculous. You come to an internet site to get medical advice? Are you out of your mind?

    Go to a doctor.


    I would but I dont want to shell out money! Im broke and I dont have healthcare at all so yeah.... It takes awhile for me to be able to go to the doctors since I dont really have money to spend at the doctors with no job.


    Are there any free clinics near you? I'm not sure on their policies for taking patients and whatnot, but it sounds like a simple enough procedure they could just do it for you relatively quickly
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    Jan 22, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    Karnage said
    A_1991 said
    fastprof saidThis is ridiculous. You come to an internet site to get medical advice? Are you out of your mind?

    Go to a doctor.


    I would but I dont want to shell out money! Im broke and I dont have healthcare at all so yeah.... It takes awhile for me to be able to go to the doctors since I dont really have money to spend at the doctors with no job.


    Are there any free clinics near you? I'm not sure on their policies for taking patients and whatnot, but it sounds like a simple enough procedure they could just do it for you relatively quickly


    Ive been to a free clinic before but they dont do the procedure since its more of a cosmetic procedure. At free clinics they usually treat you for any symptoms or give you medicine and thats about it. You have to go to a dermatologist and get them to exam it which is a lot of money. Yeah Ive seen all the videos on youtube for the procedure and I was thinking about doing it myself but rather not risk it and get infected and it turn into a bigger problem than it is.
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    Jan 22, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Go to a free clinic, as someone else suggested. If it is an abscess, fooling around with it may yield big time problems for you, and maybe a fast spreading infection.

    Good luck with this. But you should definitely not treat it yourself.
  • LJay

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    Jan 22, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    Don't push on or pick at it.

    Scrub your hands well before dealing with it to clean, etc. Use rubber gloves if you can afford them.

    Then keep the area clean by gently cleaning with warm water and soap. Apply heat packs several times a day. If the area wants to drain, it will, on its own. I think it will. If it does, clean with warm soapy water.

    You can the cut the melodrama seen and heard on the video by covering the area--not too tightly--with a gauze pad and a piece of tape. Use more gauze when it drains.

    After it is drained and clean, apply antibiotic ointment and cover with clean gauze. Change bandage once daily and go to doctor if complications develop.

    OR

    You could look up your community free health clinic. Try calling social services.

    Even so, a doctor should not charge you much to look at it. A doctor is really the best way, even if you need to deal with time payments or borrow the money.

    I make no claim to medical expertise other than observing my mother, a nurse, dealing with things like this.
  • LJay

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    Jan 22, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    PS--A general practioner should be able to deal with this without the expense of dermatologist. The GP will refer you to a dermatologist if necessary.
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    Jan 23, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    Get something with some sulfur in it that will both be an antiseptic and a poultice. (Boil-Ease)

    Soak the spots with hot compresses, as hot as you can stand it. That will turn the boils over (bring the white cells to the surface, as well as soften the skin), and they should erupt.

    You should be able to drain it with something as simple as a push tack, or a sewing needle, and some triple antibiotic cream.

    If you have a few hundred dollars just laying around you can have a doctor do it, but, they'll hand you the hot compress before they do it.

    No need for a specialist.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boil

    Boil-Ease
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    Old timers use bacon and a Band-Aid.

    If you soak it with a real hot wash cloth for a few days, it should pop right out.

    This sort of stuff is real easy to do on your own, but, you can have a doctor do it. Beware, however, if you go to a doctor, they may want to remove it surgically (leaving a scar, and a bill) and it almost certainly will fix itself if you follow the stuff above.

    Folks get ganglion cysts on their necks sometimes. Ganglion cysts contain fluid that looks and feels like hair gel. (There aren't white cells in it.) A boil contains a core of white cells / pus.

    Ganglion cysts often disappear on their own. Success rates are low when they're surgically removed.

    You "turn over" boils with moist heat. You soften the skin with sulfur. You can have boils surgically excised with a scalpel when they are very bad.
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    Jan 23, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I've had a sebaceous cyst before. It can get infected and swell up like in the second picture you posted. When that happened it was so painful that I could not move my neck.... The Dr. needs to cut into it and drain it. It's too big to be popped.

    The rest of the time it's completely harmless though. I was told that it can't be completely removed unless you see a plastic surgeon.

    Have fun!!!