Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
172 Doctors are Online

Information on skin lumps - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2005
Answered : 2308 Questions
User :   Hi, Im a 19 year old boy. About 3 or 4 months ago I noticed a firm small lump behind my right nipple. It kinda scared me so I started feeling it more and checking it out and all of a sudden, a white pus-like watery liquid came out of it. Its been doing it ever since but I try not to touch it. Ive gone like only a week without touching it. Today I was feeling it and kinda gave it a squeeze and it seemed as if I drained my nipple of this substance, it was gross and scary, the most ive seen come out of it. It usually discharges a very small amount but today was alot. So I continued to squeeze and "drain" it. Right up until i saw a little blood come out. Please help me, im pretty freaked out.
Doctor :   hello
User :   Hi
Doctor :   i am Dr xxx here
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   can you tell me the size of the lump?
User :   its pretty small
User :   almost like a small pea
Doctor :   is it painful when you were squeezing it?
User :   no not really
Doctor :   ok first of all i want to tell you is that please DONT squeeze it any more
Doctor :   what you are telling me most probably is cyst that most often arise from swollen hair follicles
User :   ok
Doctor :   if it becomes infected, you may have redness, tenderness, or increased temperature of the skin over the area.
User :   is it bad? it only discharges from a tiny hole
User :   jsut one hole, its weird
Doctor :   so i dont want you to touch it anymore
User :   ok
Doctor :   let me tell you what all you can do to help you
Doctor :   what color is it?
User :   normal nipple color i assume, like a a darker than my skin.
User :   im white
User :   a little*
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   ok let me tell you that these cyst are not dangerous
Doctor :   Placing a warm moist cloth (compress) over the area may help the cyst drain and heal.
User :   ok
User :   i read online that it could be hormonal
User :   or hormones
Doctor :   Good hygiene can prevent the formation and daily cleaning or baths with antibacterial soap are suggested.
User :   with that being said, ive taken Testosterone boosters for working out for awhile, could that be a cause of it.
Doctor :   you said there some pus coming out right ?
User :   i have excellent hygiene
User :   yes
User :   well its a whitish liquid
Doctor :   cheesy type?
User :   cheesy?
User :   im not sure
Doctor :   ok first of all do you still take Testosterone boosters?
User :   its just mixed in with the clear watery substance
User :   no i dont, ive been off of them for more than a month
Doctor :   ok good
Doctor :   now do the following
User :   the last time i squeezed it (20min ago) it was a pinkish pusy watery liquid, but i assume the pinkish was from a little blod
User :   blood*
Doctor :   Using heat pad direct apply to the area for 10 minutes twice a day for 10 days
User :   ok
Doctor :   yes please DONT do that as you can make it infected
User :   ok
Doctor :   wash it properly with soap
Doctor :   it will go away
User :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   if it gets infected it may also be removed surgically. This is a minor procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis
User :   alright
Doctor :   but we can avoid it by NOT squeezing adn cleaning it every day
User :   ok sounds good
Doctor :   they are very prone to reoccur .. so make sure you keep this habit
User :   ok
User :   it wont become cancerous though right?
Doctor :   and if after one week you dont see any improvement you can show to a dermatologist
Doctor :   not its not cancerous
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor