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Old 07-18-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Sebaceous Cyst or Something Similar

So I've had something like a sebaceous cyst a little under my jawline for a few years, most likely due to shaving. It was fairly large but not super large, maybe the size of a lima bean I suppose. Anyway, no issues with it per sť, other than it's somewhat of a nuisance being there, especially when I shave, but it hasn't ever really hurt. Yesterday, though, I figured I'd see if I could do some things to at least make it smaller or even go away, so I read that applying heat to it could help it drain. However, I did that, but later it actually started feeling sore and is tender to touch, a day later, plus it also seems to be a bit larger. I haven't seen anything mentioning that, so I want to get information on whether that implies I shouldn't try applying heat like that again or if it's possibly something other than a sebaceous cyst.

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Old 07-31-2011, 07:48 PM   #2
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Re: Sebaceous Cyst or Something Similar

Hi there. Just read your post and thought I might be able to help a bit with your problem. I too had a sebaceous cyst on my right buttock. At first, I thought it might be a boil because I have had them before. I decided, like you, to have a good hot bath and see if it would break it. I squeezed it after the bath and a bit of stuff came out but it was still rather large. I started to think it was something other than a boil, so I went to the emergency department at our local hospital. That is when they told me that it was a sebaceous cyst and that it would need to be lanced. Thank God, they gave me freezing before they started to dig the cyst out. After removing it, they put a lot of packing in it (like accordian paper). They said it was so that it would heal from the inside-out and prevent a big hole. I had to go back every couple of days and they would remove the packing (with no freezing-really hurt) and then repack it again. I think I went through this for about 2 weeks before I was told it would be okay. Lots of peroxide to prevent infection and it is now almost as good as new. Just a small indentation. Hope this helps with your problem. It is worth it to get a doctor to have a look at it.

 
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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Re: Sebaceous Cyst or Something Similar

Thanks for the response. It ended up randomly starting to leak, I suppose, until it got down to a much smaller size after a week or so (and I've finally been able to shave; I already had put it off for a while before it had happened). I think it's actually smaller now than it was originally, and it seems like it's mostly liquid, whereas originally it was more solid. I plan on trying to heat it regularly for a little while. If it's not gone by the time I get to go to my dorms (off campus for summer research) in three weeks, I do plan on going to the University's health services on campus.

 
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