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Is a sebaceous cyst painful? Is it something that just stays there forever?

Is a sebaceous cyst painful? Is it something that just stays there forever?

Usually painless...: ...Unless getting infected which happens and should be operated on if no response to antibiotics or if antibiotics help, should be excised later. ...Read more

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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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Tried to drain it out with warm water, but it didn't work. Is this lump actually a sebaceous cyst or is it something else?

Tried to drain it out with warm water, but it didn't work. Is this lump actually a sebaceous cyst or is it something else?

Epidermal cyst?: This could be an epidermal cyst, which is an encapsulated collection of dead skin. Draining it often doesn't get rid of it. Usually, it needs to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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There is something in my left breast.Its like a small lump but its not painful. Is it possible that this is a tumor or a breast cancer?Tnx

There is something in my left breast.Its like a small lump but its not painful. Is it possible that this is a tumor or a breast cancer?Tnx

Probably not: It would be exceedingly rare for an 18 year old to develop breast cancer. You should however speak about your concerns with your friendly primary care physician. ...Read more

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What makes a boil contagious? Is it only once it is draining?

What makes a boil contagious? Is it only once it is draining?

Infection with bacte: If it is not treated properly, it can come back. A course of antibiotics will help. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) 500 mg twice daily for 10 days will cure the infection. ...Read more

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I have a lipoma on my back but there is a swelling around that too is that normal it is very painful?

Lipoma: Lipomas are benign fatty growths below the skin that are slow growing and generally painless. If pain is associated with the lipoma, there may be another condition associated with the lipoma or the growth is not a lipoma. A general surgeon can evaluate the growth and make an assessment. ...Read more

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There is a zit like thing on my penis. Could it be a cyst or something more serious?

There is a zit like thing on my penis. Could it be a cyst or something more serious?

Could be a zit, or: Sign of an std, if you have been having unprotected sex. If you have not had sex (ever), then this is most likely a pimple. Hormones are raging at this age, which is why unprotected sex is never a good idea--too many stds to catch and spread! but if you are truly a virgin, then you need not worry. If you are having unprotected sex, then you should have this checked out if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Are carbuncles always painful? Is it possible to have a carbuncle but not notice it because there is no pain? .

Yes: Unless you have a rare disorder that does not allow you to feel pain, a carbuncle is generally a very painful infection. ...Read more

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There is a benign cyst on my thyroid. Is it required that i remove it?

There is a benign cyst on my thyroid. Is it required that i remove it?

Probably not: Thyroid cysts are common. If ultrasound shows no features worrisome for thyroid cancer, this can simply be followed by periodic ultrasounds. Your doctor may biopsy the cyst and remove fluid, but sometimes that is not even needed. If the fluid is drained, it will usually come back. If the thyroid and cyst are very large and bother you, it can be removed surgically, but usually not necessary. ...Read more

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On my armpit, there is a type of bubble. It is pink but not very. It is painful. It was small but got bigger. Is it due to obesity? Pic is available.

On my armpit, there is a type of bubble. It is pink but not very. It is painful.  It was small but got bigger. Is it due to obesity? Pic is available.

I do not know: As described, with it increasing in size and being a little painful, it sounds like an axillary abscess. You need to get an examination of the area to be properly diagnosed and treated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Its like a hard bump. There's no pus, what else could it be or is it just a stubborn razor bump?

Its like a hard bump. There's no pus, what else could it be or is it just a stubborn razor bump?

Ingrown hair: hard bump after shaving is probably from an ingrown hair, if the ingrown hair removed the bump will go away ...Read more

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I have a complex ovarian cyst that will not go away and it is very painful could it be cancer?

I have a complex ovarian cyst that will not go away and it is very painful could it be cancer?

Maybe: most likely it is a benign cyst. Cancer risk increases in cystic ovaries in Women over 60. However a complex system of the ovary can't be associated with cancer and a 37-year-old female. The only way to know for sure is to have it ultrasound and possibly biopsied. You can also look at the Ca 125 serum protein levels.again though it is very common to have benign cyst in the ovary in a 37-year. ...Read more

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I have a pilar cyst and I know the best thing is too remove it but is it fine if I just leave it there. Is there any risk? Can it turn malignant?

I have a pilar cyst and I know the best thing is too remove it but is it fine if I just leave it there. Is there any risk? Can it turn malignant?

No risk: Remove it if inflamed, painful, ugly, or just because you hate it. NEVER malignant. Perfectly safe to ignore it. It is tax-free. Exactly where is it? Size? Tender? If punctured and drained, it will grow back. Removal is best if the entire capsule is delivered intact. ...Read more

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I have a few small blister like semi painful pimple on the shaft of my penis, under head, is it possible this is anything but herpes? There is no pus

Get checked: There is no way to know without being examined. You can request a private chat on this site and submit a photograph of the lesions if you want a better opinion about it. ...Read more

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If your sebacous cyst is healed but then it iches every once in awhile compared to iching like poison and it is not red. What does that mean?

If your sebacous cyst is healed but then it iches every once in awhile compared to iching like poison and it is not red. What does that mean?

Most likely normal: It is a good idea to keep an eye on the area, sometimes cysts recur, and sometime something new will pop up in the same area. It is not unusual for skin nerves to get trapped in a scar. As the scar matures the strange sensations decrease, but once in a while it persists. If it not getting better, follow-up with your surgeon. ...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