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Treatment for sebaceous cyst - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you ?
User :   well i have a question regarding lumps on my scrotum.
Doctor :   may i know your age please ?
User :   i am 36
Doctor :   tell me your problem?
User :   i have a few hard round lumps on my scrotum. and sometimes in the area between my scrotum and thigh. they do not hurt and come and go. sometimes my wife tells me the ones between my scrotum and thigh look dark and have a bloody white discharge if squeezed. but they also go away and come back now and then. currently i have like 3
Doctor :   is this the first time you have been having them ?
User :   its been going on for about the last year. since there not painfull i have just been ignoring them kinda. and being busy at work just have never done anything with looking into what they are.
Doctor :   are they like warts ?
User :   no they are under the skin like pimples almost.
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   now there are few conditions that can cause it
Doctor :   and since you have mentioned that there was a bloody white discharge
Doctor :   it looks more like a sebaceous cyst
Doctor :   Sebaceous cysts are swollen, blocked grease glands
Doctor :   They often occur on the skin of the scrotum
Doctor :   he skin contains millions of glands that make grease to keep the skin waterproof and in good condition. The openings of these glands easily become blocked, so they become distended with grease. For some reason, the skin of the scrotum seems particularly susceptible to this problem.
User :   i see is there a way to stop this from happening?
Doctor :   they are usually harmless
Doctor :   but can get infected too
Doctor :   do the following
Doctor :   1) Take a warm and moist towel and place it over the cyst. You can also use a heating pad, in place of a moist towel to apply heat on the sebaceous cyst for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Heat would help to melt the sebum or the hard content of the cyst, which in turn can get reabsorbed by the body, causing the cyst to shrink and heal gradually.
Doctor :   2) Maintain proper hygiene, by keeping the cyst and the surrounding area clean. You can use an antibacterial cleanser or soap to wash the affected area.
If infection develops, you can use tea tree oil on the affected area. Tea tree oil is known for its antiseptic properties and hence, can help to drain out the cyst, thereby ensuring quick healing.
Doctor :   3) do not forget to drink plenty of water, at least 8 to 10 glasses daily to flush out toxins and harmful substances from the body
Doctor :   4 ) Also follow a balanced diet, with food rich in vitamins and minerals like, vitamin A, B and zinc, and take enough rest to rejuvenate your skin.
Doctor :   5) be sure to never squeeze the cyst in an attempt to drain out its contents. This can infect the tissues of the surrounding area
Doctor :   and if you dont see any relief in a week
Doctor :   you should see a dermatologist as it might be infected
Doctor :   and you might need a antibiotic course
User :   ok thanks. ill give that a try and see if they clear up in about a week.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
User :   you too
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