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Slight bump on elbow, popped it, white hard discharge oozed out. Causes for symptoms?

hi, i have had this little lump on my elbow for a while (about a couple years). a couple weeks ago i started squeezing it and thought it may be a wart . today, i was in the shower which was quite hot and decided to pinch it. a burst of hard, white stuff came out (hard puss maybe? but it looked like skin). now its an open socket-type thing. what could it be?
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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Hi there,
Thank you for your question.
There are a couple of possibilities.
The first possibility and the most common possibility is that it could have been a folliculitis or an infection of the hair follicle.
These infections are very common and can happen at virtually any part of the body.
The second possibility is that of a small cyst in that area.
There are numerous glands in our skin that are called as sebaceous glands that secrete oil.
These glands can sometimes get blocked and cause a swelling to pop up just like you had one and these can cause some cheesy or white stuff to come out when you squeeze it.
All in all once any of these is squeezed and drained they usually heal up and there should be no problems.
Therefore I think this is not something to worry about a great deal and should heal up in a few days time.
Kindest Regards
Answered: Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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