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Lump on thigh, pea sized, strange sensation, long substance discharge, painful. What is it?

Hi my name is Ashley and I have had a lump on my outer thigh for the last year. It is located on the middle of my thigh and is the shape and size of a pea. At first I thought it was nothing so I left it, but it gradually got bigger. My mother noticed this evening that the lump on my leg has a black dot in the middle of it, while I was about to fall asleep, I felt a strange sensation (as if something was coming out) I looked and noticed that there was this like really long white substance coming out. I called my parents and my dad managed to get the rest of it out, but I'm still not sure what it was. It wasn't a painful lump. So maybe with the information I gave you, could you try and figure it out? Thank you
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Looks like you are having a sebaceous cyst
A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material.
Sebaceouscysts most often arise from swollen hair follicles.
Skin trauma can also induce a cyst to form.
These cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk, although they can occur on any hairy areas.
They are usually slow- growing, painless, freely movable lumps beneath the skin. Occasionally, however, a cyst will become inflamed and tender and cause pain.
The black dot that you see over the lesion is the punctum present over the sebaceous cyst from which occasional discharge can occur
Usually Sebaceous cyst can be left on its own .
A course of oral antibiotics is required if they are tender and swollen
But if it continues to cause problem, then you need to consult a Surgeon or a dermatologist for its removal

Hope it helps
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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