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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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Huge painful cyst on ear lobe. Tried popping with a sterilized pin and it bleeds but doesn't seem to drain. It's uncomfortable what should I do?

Huge painful cyst on ear lobe. Tried popping with a sterilized pin and it bleeds but doesn't seem to drain. It's uncomfortable what should I do?

Cyst: This may not contain liquid matter or pus, and may be a simple inclusion cyst, and you shouldn't try draining it. Have a physician or general surgeon evaluate it for diagnosis and treatment(if needed). ...Read more

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Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right. Surgery?

Constant sinus pressure, ears always popping. Sinus CT shows "probably mucus cyst on floor of right max sinus and slight deviation to right.  Surgery?

Yes: Your ENT will want to remove it. It is possible they may elect to biopsy before completely removing. There are many things that this can be. A thorough diagnosis before treatment is important! ...Read more

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I have a cyst in my ear. Can I pop it on my own?

I have a cyst in my ear. Can I pop it on my own?

Don't pop a cyst: If you have a liquid "bump" over your outer ear, the danger is that you might cause an infection of the cartilage which is serious and hard to treat.
Best to leave these alone.
Once you open this, infection enters, infects the cartilage and deforms the outer ear. ...Read more

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I can feel bubble sort thing in my ear lobe. Is this a cyst? If so, what should I do about it? Pop it?

I can feel bubble sort thing in my ear lobe. Is this a cyst? If so, what should I do about it? Pop it?

Earlobe cyst: It can feel like a small lump or a bb pellet under the skin. It is a sebaceous gland cyst and can become infected. Do not play with it or rub it as that will increase the likelihood of infection. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged lymph node under my left ear could this be a cyst? And why did it just randomly pop up? How can I make it go away?

I have an enlarged lymph node under my left ear could this be a cyst? And why did it just randomly pop up? How can I make it go away?

Get it checked: Difficult to say why anything like that "pops up" with no reason. There are typically causes of these types of things, and a review of the history with your doctor can help reveal the cause and the solution to the problem. See a doctor soon. ...Read more

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I have what I think is a cyst/in grown hair in my groin What's the easiest way to get it to a head to pop it this is the 2nd one in 3montgs same spot?

I have what I think is a cyst/in grown hair in my groin What's the easiest way to get it to a head to pop it this is the 2nd one in 3montgs same spot?

Moist heat: There is not much more you can do than heat. Also, use a triple antibiotic cream. Topical tincture of iodine will help both the cyst and the infection. ...Read more

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I wanted to know when you pop a zit (white head) or milk a cyst, what is the fluid that comes out made up of?

I wanted to know when you pop a zit (white head) or milk a cyst, what is the fluid that comes out made up of?

Pimple, cyst: Popping and expressing a white head will produce hardened oil. You may get the same from a non-infected sebaceous cyst (the most common) but on occasion one may find hair, fat, even teeth (dermoid cyst). ...Read more

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What makes a 10-year old sebaceous cyst from a head and pop and how long does it take to heal? How should I care for it during the healing process?

What makes a 10-year old sebaceous cyst from a head and pop and how long does it take to heal? How should I care for it during the healing process?

It will regrow: Seabum is constantly produced from glands at the hair follicle when the outlet is clogged the sebum builds. It may or may not rupture but when it do you should see a doctor. Till then warm soaks keep it clean put on a bandage. If it heals you can be sure it will grow again because the sac that surrounds it is still there as is the cause. Real treatment removes the cyst and the sac ...Read more

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What is the solid, yellow, stuff that squeezes out of a zit/black head/whitehead when you pop it? I've seen it on cysts too.

What is the solid, yellow, stuff that squeezes out of a zit/black head/whitehead when you pop it? I've seen it on cysts too.

Sebum: The white cheesy material present in acne and in sebaceous cysts is called Sebum. It is essentially the waterproofing of the skin produced by sebaceous glands. When these glands get blocked by oils and dead skin cells, it results in an acne blemish. If the gland ruptures into the deeper tissues it can result in the growth of a cyst containing the same material known as a sebaceous cyst. ...Read more

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What happens if you pull a cyst out of your ear lobe?

Cyst: It would have been helpful to see a picture of it. If it was truly a cyst, it may never come back, it may re-occur or the site may get infected. Discuss it with a physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What causes smelly cysts behind ears and what can I do to make them go away?

What causes smelly cysts behind ears and what can I do to make them go away?

Oil secreted glands: Oil secreted by sebaceous glands is the cause of cysts behind the ear lobes. And if these get infected they start smelling.When cysts are small you can try home trestment. Placd a heating pad on the directly on the cyst or you can melt the wax and drop it directly on the cyst and it will melt the cyst.If the cyst is big it will need surgical excision. Never try to pop the cysts and do not apply oil. ...Read more

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Can a sebacous cyst behind ur ear cause an off balance feeling?

Can a sebacous cyst behind ur ear cause an off balance feeling?

No: What you assume to be sebaceous cyst may not be so. To answer your question, a sebaceous cyst would not affect the balance. If you have balance issues, please see an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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I have a cyst inside my left ear which has grown bigger what can I do for it hurts bad?

Go to doctor: That should not be taken lightly. If that is an abscess, it can spread. If its other type of infection it should be treated appropriately. I could not say it is nothing since it is something and it is causing symptoms. So go see a doctor for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Simple cyst inside, near ear, above jaw. 6.4 mm hurts when pressed, how should it be treated? It has grown a little over the past months.

Simple cyst inside, near ear, above jaw. 6.4 mm hurts when pressed, how should it be treated? It has grown a little over the past months.

Hurts when pressed: Would imply you probably do not want to keep it.
Cysts can be surgically removed by general or plastic surgeon. They need to be completely removed or they grow back. It is an office procedure with local anesthetic. ...Read more

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I think I have a cyst in each earlobe my question is 1)how do you know if you have a cyst? 2)can I pierce my ears? Or get a piercing right next to it?

I think I have a cyst in each earlobe my question is 1)how do you know if you have a cyst? 2)can I pierce my ears? Or get a piercing right next to it?

Have it examined: A cyst will feel like a moveable ball. They can form from piercing and they can also get infected. You should not get another piercing until it is examined. Sometimes when they get infected there is left a big scar or defect in the ear which will be hard to fix. See you doctor. ...Read more

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I have a temp of 94 took it in my ear I am on my peroid and i have an ovary cyst should i be concered?

I have a temp of 94 took it in my ear I am on my peroid and i have an ovary cyst should i be concered?

Likely not.: Your thermometer may not be functioning properly. If you have n
o symptoms--like feeling bad, shivering, or blue hands and feet, I think you may need to replace your thermometer. If you have other symptoms, a checkup with your pcp would be a good idea. In the past, has a doctor ever said you have a very low temp? The presence of an ovarian cyst is not relevant. ...Read more

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Had surgery cyst removed on tonsil? Can ear be affected?

Had surgery cyst removed on tonsil? Can ear be affected?

YES: The eustachian tube connects the inner ear to the oropharynx (back of the throat). Its putpose is to equalize pressure on the ear drum. It is above the tonsil but can be affected by swelling with tonsil surgery. It should settle down within a few days if this is your problem. Your surgeon should be able to confirm your problem during a follow up visit. ...Read more

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The cyst behind ear has swelled up to the size of a grape, and it's causing me some pain?

The cyst behind ear has swelled up to the size of a grape, and it's causing me some pain?

Infected cyst: An infected sebaceous cyst is common behind the ear. You may need it drained (& possible culture). Antibiotics may also be helpful. It is best to get seen. ...Read more

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When should I get my cyst removed? It is behind my ear but its recently gotten a lot itchier

When should I get my cyst removed? It is behind my ear but its recently gotten a lot itchier

Cyst Removal: When it is bothering you either cosmetically or otherwise. Also, if it is recurrently getting infected. Discuss it with your doctor and decide together what is best, ...Read more

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Could a cyst appear where the jaw meets the ear, sort of like right under the earlobe. And what exactly is a cyst?

Could a cyst appear where the jaw meets the ear, sort of like right under the earlobe.  And what exactly is a cyst?

Yes: Cyst is a fluid containing structure.
Parotid gland can have cysts, but usually not mobile as you described in prior question.
Skin cysts — sebaceous can occur anywhere on skin including ear and jaw area.
Any trauma?
Any punctures?
Foreign body can cause granulomas lesions. ...Read more

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Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should i b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Small lump behind ear. Hard, not painful. Dr looked and said a cyst. Should i b worried? Hasn't gotten bigger or anything.

Sebaceous Cyst: Sounds like a sebaceous cyst. These are very common and of no cause to worry. Generally they do not require medical treatment unless they become unsightly, painful or infected. Treatment options include surgical excision. ...Read more

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Have a small cyst in front of my ear has been there for years. I noticed it broke open and a lot of pus came out should I be concerned?

Have a small cyst in front of my ear has been there for years. I noticed it broke open and a lot of pus came out should I be concerned?

Cyst: Clean it gently with peroxide on a qtip three times a day(keeping it out of your ear). Don't squeeze it. Get it checked out to see if you need antibiotics and to have it removed ...Read more