A 28-year-old male asked:
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i have lipoma on my shoulder, i applied pressure to it and tried to pop like a pimple. it sprayed a fowl smelling substance for a month. is this safe?

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Dr. Raymond Gagliardi
28 years experience General Surgery
Lipoma: The lesion you mention may not be a lipoma. Typically, a lesion of the skin and skin structures that expresses foul-smelling substance is a epidermal inclusion cyst or sebaceous cyst. These are benign lesions, but can become infected. You should seek medical attention and have this looked at as you may require antibiotics and then removal.
Answered on Mar 23, 2014
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Dr. Addagada Rao
56 years experience General Surgery
Unlikely: Lipomas are benign soft tissue tumors in subcutaneous tissue, most likely you have infected sebaceous cyst infected cheesy material is coming through best thing you can do is to see your doctor, get it drained or even better removed.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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