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Warning-this is gross, but honest!
5 (nearly 6)years ago I noticed a hard, pea-sized lump on the side of my breast, near my cleavage. I went to the doctor and he said, 'Oh, that's just a sub-dermal scar.' I've had a couple of mamograms over the years, the last one just a year ago. My mamograms came back fine and I figured it was just a scar that kept getting bigger under my skin. Over the past year I noticed that it seemed to be growing rapidly and felt to be about the size of a walnut. There was never a head on it and it wasn't sensitive/sore. One time I was squeezing it and a small amount of clear oil came out and it stunk! I did some research and determined it must be a sebaceous cyst. I made an appointment with a dermatologist (will be going in a few days) but heard about Ichthammol ointment and noticed quite a few posts online about people using it to treat their sebaceous cysts. I bought some (Walgreen's) and applied some before bed the night before last and put a bandage over it. It looks like tar and has an unpleasant odor, but I decided to give it a try because this big lump started to get a little sensitive this week and it was beginning to show when I wore some t-shirts that were fitted. SO, I decided I was going to take care of this beast myself-or at least satisfy my curiosity about what was inside it and whether it was really a sebaceous cyst. I tried once, over the last year, to poke it with a needle and I never did get anything out of it. I realize why, now. Anyhow, I applied the Ichthammol and a bandage and slept. Yesterday morning there didn't seem to be a great deal of difference. Perhaps it was a bit less inflamed. Other stories I read indicated that it takes a few days to work. I became impatient. I dampened a wash cloth and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and applied it as hot as I could stand it several times. I don't know if the hot compress helped much either, but it did seem to at least soften the skin. I didn't really anticipate getting anything out of this cyst, because it felt quite hard when I touched it-very dense. Boy was I surprised. After applying the wash cloth I squeezed the bump and really saw nothing other than some clear fluid coming from a few pores. I squeezed with a bit more force and felt like I'd hit the jackpot when some repulsively thick, smelly white stuff appeared. I squeezed a bit more and a little bit exploded out. That was when I decided I'd better go outside to the back patio if I was really going to make an earnest effort to get this crap out. I went outside, squeezed harder and it more gunk shot out, across the patio. I decided it would be safest to stand on the edge of the patio and direct this thing towards a section of my yard that is gravel. When I squeezed harder a thick stream of the white gunk shot across the gravel. It honestly looked the way it does when someone shoots silly string. Long thick strings shooting out. I couldn't believe it! Sorry for being graphic, but it looked and smelled exactly like ricotta cheese! So much for that lasagna I was going to bake. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to consume ricotta cheese again. After a while it wasn't coming out as easily. I remembered reading a few posts where people put vinegar on their lumps and I also remembered that vinegar has anti-bacterial properties. I also seemed to remember that vinegar can break down fat. SO, I poured some vinegar into a cup. I had some small syringes left from years ago when I had to inject blood thinners. Just small diabetic syringes. I was kind of chicken but decided to give it the ol' Girlscout try. I filled the syringe with vinegar and bravely stuck it into the middle of this lump. It, surprisingly, didn't hurt. I guess the inside of the lump was hollow and just filled with the 'ricotta,' (sorry...haha) because when the needle was in I could actually move it around a bit and it didn't hurt. Anyhow, the vinegar didn't hurt and really seemed to help me get all of the crap out of there. The stuff that came out was really dense and I honestly got at least 1/4-1/2 cup of the junk out. I kept filling the syringe and injecting the cyst with it and then squeezing it out. Kind of 'rinsing' it out. After a while it seemed like I'd gotten everything I could out of it. Instead of getting white stuff I ended up getting only vinegar and clearish-yellowish-pinkish fluid (sebum or oil?)when I expressed the contents. I finally decided I had put myself through enough torture and decided to let this thing rest a bit and allow any irritation I caused with vigorous squeezing (I had to do it really hard) to go down. Although I went through an entire box of tissues and a dozen cotton balls soaked in alcohol I ended up with slumps of the smelly, cheesy crap all over me. Next stop-a hot shower. The smell of soap was heavenly after exposing myself to an hour or two of nastiness. After I got out of the shower and did my regular routine (dried off, put on anti-perspirant and lotion) and put a big glob of neosporin on 'the beast' (Which now feels like a kernel of corn rather than something between a walnut and golf ball) and put a big band aid on it. 4-5 hours later, as I was getting ready for bed I decided to check and see if anything else had been or would come out of it. When I pulled the big bandage off I noticed some evidence of 'ricotta' mixed with the neosporin. After my earlier experience I knew I should be armed with tissues before even messing with the beast. I squeezed it and held a tissue in front. I couldn't believe how much more junk I got out! It was less work-it just seemed to want out this time. Instead of a thick stream (like silly string) it ended up being a finer stream (more like the diameter of twine)...but still thick and dense. I got about 4 teaspoon fulls of the junk out. I did a bit more of the vinegar injection thing and was satisfied when I only got vinegar back out. I, once again, globbed on neosporin and put a big bandage on it and went to sleep. I'm happy to report, today, that it is not draining. I was curious to see if there was more 'ricotta' this morning, before I cleaned it with alcohol and applied a new bandage. I only got some clear blister fluid! The ordeal was quite an experience. I can't believe I had all of that junk in my body! I'm sure many of you will freak out about my methods of treating myself. I don't claim to be an expert and I'm certainly not a doctor. I'm surprised that I'm not sore or swollen today. There's no longer an obvious lump, and if I feel where 'the beast' was it now feels about the size of a kernel of corn. I suspect the lump is either scar tissue or maybe the 'sack' I've seen people say needs to come out. In any case, I have an appointment with a dermatologist in 2 days and I'll request that he explore and make sure there's no 'sack' in there, and also ask him to take out the little lump. One word of advice-unless you have a very strong stomach don't do this yourself! I thought it would be gross, but the experience was honestly the nastiest thing I have ever witnessed or been through. I got curious and impatient. I guess I got my answer and some resolution...but you might just want to wait and go to the doctor!

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Thanks for the info...I have the same thing in the same place!! Went to the Doc and was put on seems to be draining now, but not the thick stuff (cheese) you just really watery pus. Never had this before, you really explained it well. Made me feel better, thanks again for the post.


Be VERY careful attempting to drain your own cysts!

I had a similiar cyst present itself under my breast. I have large breasts, and even with quality brasseires, they sometimes form.

What it is is a clogged sebaceous gland that produces a cyst that can then turn into an abcess. The 'gunk' that comes out is keratin and oil from the glands.

While it may sound like a fantastic idea to 'get it all out,' you can do more harm than good if you FORCE it out.

Icthammol is basically a sulfur-based drawing salve. It works by breaking down the top layer of skin over the area until the item you are attempting to draw out reaches the surface. In this case, it would be the keratin and oils in the cyst.

A warm washcloth on it helps break up the fluid and keratin.

Why do I keep warning about 'don't squeeze it?' Because I did, and I ended up in Urgent Care one day.

You see, your skin has staph bacteria naturally present on it. No matter how much washing you do with whatever soaps and cleansers, it is always present. By pressing out all of this keratin and stinky gunk, you are opening your body up to staph entering your body. It's like opening the grand entry to a castle, and the bacteria storms it.

A week went by, and I noticed the area had gotten larger, hard, and red. I went to the Urgent Care (only place open) as I was in a great deal of pain.

One look, and the doctor informed me it was an abcess that would have to be drained. I laid on the table, they used lidocaine for some numbing, and they used a scalpel and sliced the abcess open. I could feel warm fluid (pus, keratin, and blood immediately start draining out of the area.) The next part was not so fun. Using a set of clamps, the doctor had to go in and crush all of the 'arms' of the abcess. When an abcess grows, it looks like a clover or flower, and each 'petal' contains bacteria. Lidocaine does not reach this area, and I was immediately in excrutiating pain as he crushed each petal.

When he was done, I was grateful, but then the fun started again when they packed my wound with gauze to keep it open so it could heal from the inside out, correctly. Try a severely sensitive area having sterile water-soaked gauze stuffed in. NOT FUN.

I was put on antibiotics, and I felt much better. I came in for a check up five days later, and the doctor removed the gauze - OUCH! She checked it over and determined more gauze needed to be packed. Now we have a slightly healed wound having gauze packed - STILL painful.

The third check up was a success with the gauze being removed, and it healed on its own.

But DO NOT EXPRESS CYSTS ON YOUR OWN. If you simply MUST, grab a bottle of Betadine scrub at the store, use rubber gloves, and make sure ANYTHING you use is clean. Use a washcloth with betadine, wipe the area down. WEAR gloves, etc. You's more hassle than it's worth, but it can save you from infection!


how do i get rid of my cyst with out getting needles


Ok as the whole thing itself is nasty I don't think what I have to say will make any of us less freaked out. I have never told a Dr. this and if I did would be told not to but it works!
I have had this problem for some time, removed more than one myself and here is the trick, after getting it to head and drain, it will not stop filling until the core is out. Once drained and open place a piece of raw bacon on the hole, change regularly with bandage after 2-5 day core should loosen and come to the surface, with a squeeze sack and tail should come out.

H-j Anderson

I have had a sebaceous cyst under my right arm & also under my left breast. At present I have a VERY painful one under my right breast & just don't know what to do with myself. I've seen my Dr & am bathing the cyst with hot salted water. I have been through the gross experience in the past with both of the others & yes, they do hold an enormous amount of gunk - quite unbelievable - also shoots all over the place when coaxed out of the cyst & yes it certainly does STINK. Not looking forward to it all coming out of this one, but at this stage just wanting it to be over & to be rid of the excruciating pain.


I'm so glad to hear that somebody else has been through this & that we're all normal!!!

I know it's dangerous to clear it out, but the pain got so bad, I had to. It was on my lower right abdomen & got red & hard. When it began to seep, I did what you did. Scared the crap outta me when it shot across the room. I continued to squeeze out the keratin/oil until it was thin, and then only clean blood (VERY careful). I'm something of a germaphobe, so I have kept it extremely clean.

It's been about 6 weeks, & the area still has a tiny hole but nothing comes out. The skin has a pink tinge, but you'd never guess what I went through recently.

Fellow sufferer.

Very informative. I have got one of these on my back. Now I will definitely leave it alone and try to persuade a doctor to get it out. Your account of your experience is zit squeezing porn.;-)


I have lumps that look bruisy under my right side below breast area . One Dr said it is fatty tissue not to worry, other said sebaceous cyst. Thanks for your story! I am not scared of the 'ricotta' cheese for some reason, and I think it is funny, also someone called your story 'zit porn' hahaha. Anyway, loved your story. Going to get some sticky gauze bandage and sleep with itchamol on it for a while until maybe a head shows up. I cannot really afford $800 to see another Dr right now. Also they said not to worry about it and that it can be taken out if it bothers me. I will just see if the itchamol does anything. This looks different than regular cysts or acne I ever had. Being left with a huge scar is not something I want either, but am not scared, due to its location. THANKS for your story and comments everyone!


Brave: Your remedy does work. I went to the dr. and she wanted to surgically remove it! 8 stitches and who knows what it would have cost. I just used heat for a week, vinegar, tumeric paste, and lastly Iodide and it loosened to the point I could squeeze. A lot of stuff came out and it is much flatter. May need to be done again but basically it is just a blackhead so why have surgery? Jeez!



I thought your article was great! Gross but great! I had gone to the doctor to check out a lump that was a little larger than a pea on my back. He told me that he thought it was a cyst, not a lympoma and referred my to a dermatologist. He said that my insurance might not pay for the removal. That night I looked on the internet for information on cysts and found your article. After reading it I went to the bathroom and pressed slightly on the lump and some white stuff came out. I went to my husband and asked him to squeeze it out. (Poor man!)Stinky, silly-string stuff shot out all over the place! He was grossing out,but continued until no more came out. I put tea tree oil on it, then antibiotic ointment and covered it with a bandaid. I will continue to treat it until it goes away. If it starts back up again, I will know what to do. Thank you for the information!

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