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sebaceous cyst on breast

Posted by
Cathy on March 16, 1999 at 14:19:24:

I had a small red bump on my breast that quickly grew to about the size of a quarter and got very red. I went to the dermatologist who initailly diagnosed it as an epidermal cyst and put me on Cephalexin. That didn't help. It was full of liquid and was bumpy around the liquid filled part. Yesterday he opened it up after I insisted I wanted a biopsy just to make sure it wasn't something worse since it was on my breast and he said it was an absessed cyst similar to an sebaceous cyst people typically get on their back and necks. He drained in and packed it with an wick (3-4 inches long)that I am suppose to pull out 1/2 inch everyday & cut off. I'll probably pass out. I am suppose to go back in a few weeks. Why would I get this on my breast? Does my description sound like a sebaceous cyst? Will it come back? How can I avoid it coming back or getting more?



Re: sebaceous cyst on breast

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 17, 1999 at 10:19:31:

In Reply to: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Cathy on March 16, 1999 at 14:19:24:

Hi, Cathy.

This sounds like exactly what the doc said: An infected sebaceous cyst. Anyone can get one of these. The problem will come if you get more. THEN, it is worth while doing prevention. IF, at the first sign of anything you start very warm, moist compresses for 5 minutes every hour, the likelyhood is that the duct will open up & not progress.

Once one has had what you have, the ONLY way to prevent recurrence is to remove the entire cyst wall without rupturing it.

If you had come to my office with this, while I was practicing, I would have had you do the compresses for a few days till it quieted down and then I would have removed the entire cyst wall without rupturing it, That way I would KNOW that it would not recur.

Each time it recurrs, will make it more difficult to peel out the scarred wall and ANY trace of the wall left in the area will just make another cyst.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cyst on breast

Posted by
monica on September 01, 1999 at 06:04:13:

In Reply to: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Cathy on March 16, 1999 at 14:19:24:

hi there..
i have a very sor breast th left one the doctor said.
it could be a cyst..
iam worried iff it could be breast cancer could you please help me .
like what r the symtoms for brast cancer..?
kind regards monica...



Re: sebaceous cyst on breast

Posted by
Donna on September 01, 1999 at 21:52:58:

In Reply to: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Cathy on March 16, 1999 at 14:19:24:

Cathy,
I have had more sebaceous cysts removed then I care to discuss. I have them under my arm, in my groin area and on my breasts. I have been told more reasons why I get them and none make sense. One doctor told me that I had to much caffiene. I cut out caffiene and still get them. Most recently I was told it is something to do with the glands. I go on the 16th to have more cysts removed. Probably about 6. If you email me with your address I will send you my new doctors response. If you hear something that makes sense please let me know.
Thank you



Re: sebaceous ????? cyst on breast

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 02, 1999 at 09:54:07:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by monica on September 01, 1999 at 06:04:13:

Monica.

Really, the only person who can answer your questions is your doc on the spot. Cysts normally do not feel at all like a cancer and cancers normally do not have any symptoms until VERY late in the game.

A sebaceous cyst would have to be part of the skin and a deeper cyst would not be a sebaceous cyst.

An MRI could tell the difference but so could a needle aspiration of the fluid in the cyst that is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Let us know what you learn.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cyst on breast

Posted by
Wendy Vetter on September 21, 1999 at 16:38:16:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Walt Stoll on March 17, 1999 at 10:19:31:

Walt,
I have just come from a very frustrating visit6 from a dr. regarding a sebaceous cyst on my breast. I have had three visits with 2 gyn's and this third and fourth visit with a dermatologist. I have had recurring cysts on both of my breast for the past year, and every month around my cycle they get infected and very painful. I am now being told that the only way to treat this is to go on antibiotics every month when the are bad ( and the medicine makes me very sick to my stomach) which then is followed by a yeast infection. This worderful Dr. said that this is something that I have to live with because it is hormonal and they can't very well give me a hystarectomy> Am I crazy or does this sound unexceptable to you? Any help would be appreciated. I have been very sick for a week from the medication, and was just given more to take. Please help.
Wendy



sebaceous cyst

Posted by
Catherine on September 22, 1999 at 18:15:29:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Walt Stoll on March 17, 1999 at 10:19:31:

Dr. Stoll,
I had a sebaceous cyst on the base of my neck. It was there for about 5 years without any complications. I had it removed by a PA in an outpatient clinic in October 1997 because it was infected and grew to the size of a golf ball. It came back completely after about a year. It does not hurt, but I am very self-conscious about it. I want it gone for good! Do you have any recommendations for treating this cyst non-surgically? Is it possible for it to go away with just warm, moist compresses? Also, can you recommend a type of doctor that is sure to get all the material this time around?
Thank you so much,
Catherine



Re: Recurrent sebaceous cysts on breast. Very close cousin to chronic acne.

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 23, 1999 at 07:06:49:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst on breast posted by Wendy Vetter on September 21, 1999 at 16:38:16:

Hi, Wendy.

We have discussed how to help prevent recurrent sebaceous cysts on this BB for years. You might go to the link I have prepared for you below and see what you can learn about this. In the meantime, your docs are right in saying that this is related to hormonal imbalance but removing your hormones is not the answer to that.

First, you need to go to the homepage and read the article about essential oils. Just taking that much will help you see benefits in fewer cysts within 3 months and you MIGHT not have any more after a year. This will do nothing about cysts you already have.

You know that the ahtibiotics only could treat the infections that occur because of the trapped stuff in the cysts. It has NOTHING to do with why you have them.

Finally, recurrent sebaceous cysts are close cousins of chronic acne. The same things that will resolve recurrent acne will help you the most. See the archives about acne.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

As you see your problem cease to exist, I hope you will share your experiences with the BB so others like you will see that conventional docs are not telling their patients all of their options.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cyst Recurrent after surgical removal. ARCHIVE

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 23, 1999 at 11:53:52:

In Reply to: sebaceous cyst posted by Catherine on September 22, 1999 at 18:15:29:

Hi, Catherine.

A correctly removed sebaceous cyst will not recur. Remember these cysts are formed by a blockage of their duct. Since the blockage does not stop the cyst from making sebum, the gland keeps enlarging like a baloon until the pressure is great enough to stop the lining from making sebum. That determines the final size of the cyst. THEN, if it gets infected, there is no real limit to how much it can swell until it is opened to drain.

SO, the answer to the cyst is to VERY carefully "peel" it out without breaking it so as to be sure that the entire wall is removed. Once this is accomplished it is impossible for a recurrence since the gland is no longer there. This is not always possible but it is the aim of every surgeon who tries it. If the cyst breaks during surgery it still MAY be possible to "peel" it out intact but all bets are off. The fact that it recurred means that the entire wall did not get removed.

NOW, it will be much more difficult to do the job right. I would go to a general surgeon and tell her the story to get an accurate % chance of success this time because of scaring and the fact that you are now dealing with a strip of gland wall that is making sebum with no duct to discharge it..

Is this making sense?

Let us know what happens.

Walt



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