Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous cyst are a noncancerous cyst that originates from the sebaceous gland (oil-secreting gland) in the skin. They are most commonly seen in the face, torso, and neck. These cysts develop when the sebaceous gland or the ducts get blocked or damaged.

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Why does my arm hurt after removing and squeezing the sebaceous cyst?

Query: Hello doctor, I removed a sebaceous cyst from my armpit; the sac is out. The cyst started to be white on the top, and it popped as soon as I squeezed it. Now my arm hurts. Is that natural, which happened less than an hour ago?  Read Full »

Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In a sebaceous cyst, you need to excise the cyst from the inside. If you squeeze it, only content will come out, but the cyst wall remains inside. After some time, you get again like recurrence. If you remove including cyst wall, it is unlikely to get it back again. It...  Read Full »

I have a bump on my chest for four years and it is painless. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I need your help and advice on the below issue. But first, please check out the picture, which I have attached. The photo with a yellow circle is the old photo taken four years back. Other photos are new. Even then, the lump was there, but it was very small. There has been a small lump...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your attached photos (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It seems to appear that you have a sebaceous cyst. It is a benign skin condition and usually does not require urgent treatment. It can get infected sometimes but usually gr...  Read Full »

What are the complications of surgical removal of sebaceous cyst?

Query: Hi doctor, My wife is 52 years old and she has a painless sebaceous cyst at the back of her head. She has been advised surgical excision. Is it safe? Are there any complications? Will her hair grow back?  Read Full »

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sebaceous cyst on the scalp is very common.There are no complications in relation to the surgical excision. Regarding the hair growth, yes it does grow back because hair follicles are not damaged. Only the operative site will be shaved. Some plastic surgeons...  Read Full »

What causes a cyst near clitorial hood?

Query: Dear doctor, I have noticed a lump the size of a grape on the outer left side of my clitoral hood; that was not there during the last two or three days. It is painless, hard, no irritation or color change, no strange or closed discharge. But it is huge and getting bigger every day. Any general idea...  Read Full »

Dr. Sabita Laskar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Depending on your description, there could be few possibilities: Paraurethral gland swelling. Lipoma. Fibroma. Sebaceous cyst. Since it has been around for only a few days and not sore, I think it is just a retention cyst. Any gland around that place whose duct...  Read Full »

The small, painless lump on my chest is increasing in size gradually over the years. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, There has been a small lump on my chest for more than seven years now. I have attached my reports. Would you please check them? It has never shown any symptoms since it came up. It is hard to touch, but it is painless. There is no pus coming out of it. But now, when I noticed the lump...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Based on you reports it is a sebaceous cyst (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). It is a benign structure, and no medications are required. I would advise you to visit a local dermatologist...  Read Full »

I have bumps and itching on my penis after the massage session. What can be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to be sexually active seven years back. Then I started going for a massage and used to get a handjob or body-to-body rubbing (not with genitals). When I was a child or teenager, someone gave me a handjob, and a few days later, I saw a bump on my scrotum, which disappeared later. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you have any symptoms in buttocks?  Read Full »

I have a hard object under my penis and glans that has a smelly white discharge. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a hard poky object under my penis and the glans before several years. It never bothered me, so I did not do any treatment. But a couple of days ago, I had some soreness in that spot. After further inspection, I discovered that the object was a little enlarged. When the doctor t...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is a sebaceous cyst that got burst. The cyst is formed from the accumulation of sebum, and it got ruptured in your case. So, I suggest you clean all the discharge and keep the area dry and clean. If it reoccurs, then surgical excision is needed. Kindly t...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pimples on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tiny zits on the foreskin of my penis. I noticed one or two zits a few days back, and by yesterday it had spread a lot. I am not circumcised, and the zits appear to be on the foreskin close to the head of the penis. I have been sexually active with my girlfriend. Any insights on w...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The tiny pimples are small sebaceous cysts. It is a sebum collection of glands which is in the skin. The only thing to be done at this stage is observation. If they grow bigger, then the only treatment is to remove them surgically. There is no cream or lotion which c...  Read Full »

Does a long-standing slow-growing lump on the right buttock indicate cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, There is a lump (about 3 cm to 4 cm in diameter) on my right buttock for a very long period (about 15 to 18 years). Perhaps it is not regular shaped (not fully round or oval). It might have increased a little within the last five years, and now it might be 4.5 cm to 5 cm in diameter. It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shivpal Saini

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A lump with a 15-year history does not indicate cancer. It looks like some lipoma (fat lump). But long-duration lump with a sudden increase in size or recent increase in size is worrisome. It may be a sebaceous cyst diagnosed by your dermatologist, but sebaceous cys...  Read Full »

How to remove the small bump on the lower side of my private part?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a small bump on the¬†lower side of my private part. Earlier, I tried to get rid of it and so, I pressed it hard. A kind of white thing came out, and the bump remains the same for more than a week. I have uploaded the images here for better understanding. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi,Welcome to have read your query and seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity).In the first picture, those are Fordyce's spots. They are prominent sebaceous glands. It is not STD (sexually transmitted disease), and no treatment is required.In the second image, ...  Read Full »

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