Red bump on head that swelled -i thought was a spot ended up being a= Sebaceous Cysts
I went to doctors today and she says its a small cyst that got infected, i am now on amoxycillian for 7 days, so hopefully that will sort it out.
My doctor said if you ever get a cyst thats near eye and swells up like mine did and efects the eye go to A&E straight away, no questions - apparantly you can go blind very quickly, she was very annoyed that i didnt go - but how was i supposed to know right?!!
I have posted some info i have found in case anyone else gets this. Mine was on my head, not privates, but apparantly you can get them anywhere.
So people dont worry too much if you get lumps under your skin, i have found some excellent conceler so all is well...
Btw - if you ever do get this, and doc is closed, used distilled whitch hazel on the swollen area for an hour or 2 and hold it with a bandage, it takes swelling down loads!!
Im now using tee tree to heal the skin
Have you ever found a small lump or a bump on your body, perhaps near your vagina or on your genitals? One of the questions women ask me most are about these small bumps or lumps just under the skin, of course women are most often worried when these occur in the vaginal area.
It is not uncommon for women to fear that these bumps or lumps under the skin may be genital herpes. The fact is that genital herpes creates a completely different kind of sore -- a blister-type sore that eventually becomes crusty -- not just a bump or lump under the skin. Very often, after careful inspection by a qualified health care professional, these under-the-skin bumps and lumps are found to be sebaceous cysts which are sometimes called epidermal cysts.
Although sebaceous cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk, they also many times occur in the vaginal area or other parts of the genitalia of both women and men.
Sebaceous cysts are usually painless, slow-growing small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin. It's important not to touch or try to remove the substance inside to prevent tenderness, swelling, and infection of a sebaceous cyst.
What is a sebaceous cyst?
A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac occurring just under the skin which contains a "pasty" or "cheesy" looking substance. A foul odor is also often present in the substance called keratin which fills sebaceous cysts. Keratin is a protein that creates the sac of cells called sebaceous cysts. The bumps or lumps you can feel under your skin are actually the sac of cells.
What causes sebaceous cysts?
Sebaceous cysts are often the result of swollen hair follicles, or skin trauma.
What are the symptoms of sebaceous cysts?
Small lumps or bumps that occur just under the skin of the vagina, genitalia, breast, abdomen, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body are the most common symptom of sebaceous cysts.
Occasionally infections may occur. Signs or symptoms that may indicate infection of sebaceous cysts include:
increased temperature of the skin over the bumps or lumps
greyish white, cheesy, foul smelling material draining from the bump or lump
How are sebaceous cysts diagnosed ?
Sebaceous cysts are usually easily diagnosed by their appearance to the trained eye. In some cases, a biopsy may be necessary to rule out other conditions with a similar appearance.
Treatments for sebaceous cysts
Sebaceous cysts most often disapear on their own and are not dangerous. Occasionally, they may become inflamed and tender. Sometimes sebaceous cysts grow large that they may interfere with your everyday life. When this happens, surgical removal in your health care provider's office may be necessary. Small inflamed cysts can often be treated by injection of steroid medications or with antibiotics.
Complications of sebaceous cysts
Sebaceous cysts may occasionally become infected and form into painful abscesses. It is important when sebaceous cysts are surgically removed that the entire sac is excised to help prevent a recurrence. However, it's important to note that sebaceous cyst recurrence in not unusual.
Remember to consult your health care provider anytime you notice any type of growth, bump, or lump on your body. Although sebaceous cysts are not dangerous, your doctor should examine you to ensure that skin cancer is not present.