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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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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
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