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Question (05/16/2011):

Title: I have a BB like ball under my skin between my legs.

Hi, I have a BB like ball under my skin between my legs.

It is hard and it is attached to my skin.

Please tell me what this might be because I am really scared.

Answer:

A sebaceous cyst is a cyst that fills with a fatty, white, semi-solid material called sebum.

Sebaceous cysts are commonly seen on the scalp, labia, scrotum, chest, and back, but can be found anywhere on the body.

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.

Surgical excision of a sebaceous cyst is a simple procedure to completely remove the sac and its contents. Total excision surgical technique removes the entire cyst and so prevents recurrence.

Home treatment of sebaceous (epidermal) cyst, may relieve symptoms but may not make the cyst go away.

Apply warm, wet washcloths to the lump for 20 to 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day. Inject an inflamed but uninfected epidermoid cyst with a corticosteroid to help reduce the inflammation.

A diagnosis of sebaceous cyst may be delayed or missed because the nodules may be small and often do not cause discomfort.

However, it is important not to assume that skin nodules or growths are harmless.

A sebaceous cyst can look similar to more serious conditions, such as skin cancer, actinic keratosis, MRSA infection or boils. Skin nodules or growth should be evaluated by a physician or licensed health care provider.



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