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Is huge lump under armpit a sebaceous cyst?

Is huge lump under armpit a sebaceous cyst?

Check with your dr: If truly a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require incision and drainage by doctor. Once healed, have sac removed to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Doc told me the lump im my armpit is a sebaceous cyst I have had it for years i took a niddle and popped it well now im having breast pain.?

Doc told me the lump im my armpit is a sebaceous cyst I have had it for years i took a niddle and popped it well now im having breast pain.?

Go to doctor: It is never a good idea to needle or cut yourself. The biggest concern in doing so is infection. The doctor would clean the skin first and use sterile instruments. You also likely do not know the anatomy and could cause bleeding or damage to structures. You need to have the area reevaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can popping a sebaceous armpit cyst myself cause nerve damage, to my armpit?

Can popping a sebaceous armpit cyst myself cause nerve damage, to my armpit?

Armpit cyst: You are more apt to be causing an infection rather than nerve damage when you pop a cyst. ...Read more

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A friend of me has got a cyst under his left armpit since he was 4years.He asked a doctor&told him that its a Sebaceous cyst.Could this cause danger?

A friend of me has got a cyst under his left armpit since he was 4years.He asked a doctor&told him that its a Sebaceous cyst.Could this cause danger?

Low risk: Sebaceous cysts are low risk for problems. They can become infected. Typically they are removed with a small surgical procedure, sometimes in the office. Be well. ...Read more

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I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

Let it stabilize: I'm sorry it ruptured. The keratin and/or sebum in the cyst promotes bacterial overgrowth and greatly interferes with healing. You should get with your physician now for possible antibiotic treatment; you may need surgery when things settle down. ...Read more

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I had a sebaceous cyst rupture on my arm. Should i squeeze out what i can? Or simple leave it alone?

I had a sebaceous cyst rupture on my arm.  Should i squeeze out what i can? Or simple leave it alone?

Warm compress: Applying a warm moist compress, a warm washcloth, to the area a few times a day can help your body expel any remaining debris. It should clear in a few days. If not, or if it becomes more swollen, red or painful, seek medical care. ...Read more

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I have a small cyst under my arm, after a ultrasound the Dr said it was as calcified sebaceous cyst and that I shouldn't worry. What does this mean?

I have a small cyst under my arm, after a ultrasound the Dr said it was as calcified sebaceous cyst and that I shouldn't worry. What does this mean?

Sebaceous cyst: arises from a clogged sebaceous gland(secretes an oily material that lubricates hair and skin). Epidermoid inclusion cysts are more common and may look similar. Both types of cysts are benign but can be removed if they are bothersome or inflamed. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst on my arm pit that has a yeast infection. Is there any way to get rid of the yeast infection?

I have a sebaceous cyst on my arm pit that has a yeast infection. Is there any way to get rid of the yeast infection?

Yeast in your armpit: Is not a common area for infection unless you have predisposing problems such as hidradenitis suppurtiva. But if its a superficial infection, most over the counter antifungals will work for you. If its more refractory, you will have to see your local physician for further treatment. ...Read more

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I was wondering what can be done for a complex sebaceous cyst in my underarm.

I was wondering what can be done for a complex sebaceous cyst in my underarm.

Sebaceous Cyst: For a large or inflamed cyst, recommend draining the cyst. When the cyst becomes inflamed and infected like a “boil”, a more complex procedure and prolonged recovery would be required. Also, to avoid it getting infected, removal (excision) of sebaceous cyst wall and the cyst content is the definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I have a pea-sized tender underarm lump. What can it be? Can sebaceous cyst be palpated deep under the skin, NOT fixed to the skin, NOT visible?

I have a pea-sized tender underarm lump. What can it be? Can sebaceous cyst be palpated deep under the skin, NOT fixed to the skin, NOT visible?

Lump: Great question. Could be a skin cyst, a benign fatty lipoma or a lymph node which are common in that area. I would have to checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Generally yes: In most instances you should have these removed because removal after infection may be very difficult. However a few patients may have a large number of these which makes removal impractical. ...Read more

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Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

Can you die from a  sebaceous cyst?

Yes and no: A sebaceous cyst by itself is not going to kill you, but should it get infected very badly, it can lead to sepsis, which in turn can lead to death.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

Mobile mass attached: Sebaceous cysts originate within the skin and are therefore attached over the mass. There is a layer of fat underneath the cyst that makes them movable. If the cyst ruptures under the skin, scar tissue forms and can initiate an inflammatory response. This will reduce their mobility and make them more difficult to remove. ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Drain contents: May need to drain the contents. Sometimes may also need to remove the protective membrane to avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for sebaceous cyst?

Excision: Sebaceous cysts can be easily removed with a minor surgical excision. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a sebaceous cyst?

Sebaceous Cyst: Sebaceous cysts almost always require surgical excision to cure them. Many form and do not cause problems and therefore require no treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to burst a sebaceous cyst?

Not advised: This is generally recommended because it could lead to infection or make surgical removal more difficult. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding. ?

I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding. ?

Cyst: Sebacious cysts usually don't bleed. They are filled with cheese like material that occasionally can get infected and turns into pus. If it is bleeding, it needs to be examined as there may be something else going on. Pressure to the cyst for the time being may help stop it, but seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

It heals.: Contents spill out. Inflammation subsides. Cyst heals. Sometimes recurs. ...Read more

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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures??

What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures??

Depends: If it ruptures internally, it causes an inflammatory reaction. If it ruptures to the outside through a small opening the contents may dry up and grow like a horn, albeit very slowly, The rupture may allow the lesion to heal also.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

Infection: It can get bigger and become painful. There is also a chance that a cyst could get infected and the removing it can become a bigger problem. ...Read more

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Could castor oil remove a sebaceous cyst?

Could castor oil remove a sebaceous cyst?

Of course not: This stuff is promoted on websites targeting very gullible people. I trust you saw through it. ...Read more

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Is self removal of a sebaceous cyst on penis possible?

Is self removal of a sebaceous cyst on penis possible?

No: Just like any real surgery, you should see a professional to minimize complications. As the saying goes, "don't try this at home, folks!". ...Read more

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Can a sebaceous cyst be removed above somebody's eyebrow?

Can a sebaceous cyst be removed above somebody's eyebrow?

Yes: Lesions above the brow can be removed for diagnostic or cosmetic purposes. This is generally done by a plastic surgeon, or oculoplastic surgeon if one is available in your area. It would be outpatient surgery. Pathology results would likely be available within a week. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I get sebaceous cyst on my vagina?

Should I be worried if I get sebaceous cyst on my vagina?

No: If it is a sebaceous cyst, it is not anything to be concerned about, unless it ruptures or gets infected. You should discuss it with your doctor at the next visit to ascertain if it needs to be removed.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a sebaceous cyst on your vagina?

Is it possible to die from a sebaceous cyst on your vagina?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely. Possibly if you let it become infected and do not treat and then the infection becomes systermic. ...Read more

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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more