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Posted by
ct on May 29, 2002 at 14:21:23:

After doing some research I have come to the conclusion that I have a large deep-rooted sebaceous cyst located on my upper back between my shoulder blades. I did not know what it was at first, but after doing some research (thanks to google.com and this website) I determined that it exactly matched the description of a sebaceous cyst.

For the past few months (actually it's been closer to a year) I noticed a hemispherical knot on my back, but never really thought anything of it. Yesterday (before knowing that it was a sebaceous cyst), I somehow managed to "pop" it. Even though it was deep under my skin, a bunch of sebum (the white cheesy, foul-smelling gunk) shot across the room with quite a force and noise (squishy). I continued to push into it, squeeze it, and otherwise apply hard direct pressure to it to get the remaining sebum out. The size has noticibly decreased now, but I am sure this is not permanent, and will "resurface" again.

Today, 12 hours after accidentally "popping" it when trying to determine what it was, I have a slight dull ache where the cyst is/was. Is this normal? I assume it's there becuase it's a) getting infected or b) scarring or something else. What causes the dull ache? It's not hurting or anything, but it is annoying.

Now that it has "popped" should I do anything? It was quite sizable before (old dollar-coin sized), and I don't want to grow to that stage again. Is there anything I can do to prevent it from clogging back up? Should I get it removed by a surgeon?

Thanks for this great resource!




Re: sebaceous cyst "pop" PREVENTION (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 30, 2002 at 08:32:01:

In Reply to: sebaceous cyst "pop" posted by ct on May 29, 2002 at 14:21:23:

Hi, ct.

The trick will be to keep it from stopping draining for about a year while it repairs itself.

If this were me, I would use a spot of vaseline on a bandaid and put it right over the spot at least twice a day.

Right now, while is is uncomfortable, I would also be doing hot compresses until it is NOT uncomfortable.

This is the most common place for these BECAUSE it is the hardest place to rub with the terrycloth with each bath. Just the daily terrycloth rubbing of the skin, while wet, tends to keep all the skin glands clear of dried secretion and thus "cysts" that only happen when the secretion outflow is blocked. This is why washcloths and towels are made out of terrycloth!

The stuff that squirted across the room was likely many years of the inspissated secretion of that poor blocked gland.

Now that it is empty, it would be very hard for a surgeon to remove it in it's entirety--which is how they are permanently cured.

Let us know how you do.

Walt



Re: sebaceous cyst "pop" PREVENTION (Archive.)

Posted by
ct on May 30, 2002 at 11:08:26:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst "pop" PREVENTION (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 30, 2002 at 08:32:01:

Walt,

Thanks for your quick response. Today it is much better. I can barely even feel it. Am I correct in assuming that it will come back? It isn't draining anymore (as far as I can tell). I don't have anything coming out of it today, no residue on my sheets or clothes (I always wear a white undershirt). I will keep my eye on it, and monitor it closely though.

Should I still do the hot compresses? Will this help loosen the remaining gunk?

If it does come back, which will probably happen, should I get it removed? I'm not really worried about scars or anything on my back, so surgery wouldn't be a problem. However, now that it has popped, do I need to wait for it to fill back up again to have a surgeon remove it?

I'm sorry if all of these are basic questions, but I didn't see anything in the archives quite like mine :)

The worst part was the smell of that gunk. It permeated the air and was probably one of the nastiest smelling things I've run into (it was like the smell of body odor 100x over). I think they should make that a food on the next "Fear Factor". It also was hard to wash the smell out of my hands (even with an antibacterial soap).

Thanks!



Re: sebaceous cyst "pop" PREVENTION (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 31, 2002 at 13:15:21:

In Reply to: Re: sebaceous cyst "pop" PREVENTION (Archive.) posted by ct on May 30, 2002 at 11:08:26:

Thanks, ct.

Until it shrinks back down to it's normal size (at least 6 months), it will recur. That is why I suggeasted what I did.

Walt

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