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I'm in the uk and have a sabacous cyst in a private place. nhs refuses to treat because it's cosmetic. what can i say to get them to treat me?

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Painful or bleeding?: Is it painful or bleeding? Does it seem infected, draining pus? Does it interfere with urination or sexual intercourse? Is it rapidly growing which might be a sign that it might not be a cyst but a tumor or cancer.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
It is a pathology: Sebaceous cysts are accumulations of skin oil due to failure of ducts to get it to the outside skin. Body reacts as if a foreign material and walls it off with fibrous tissue forming a pseudocyst. This requires opening and drainage, to include the gland tissue causing it. May become infected and require bigger surgery. Not cosmetic.
Dr. Suman Das
Plastic Surgery 54 years experience
If it is infected: If it is large and infected, you should not have any problem getting treated.But, if it is small and asymptomatic you may have to do lot of explaining.

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