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Brave

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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Lisa

I have one on my head it has been there for over 30 years. Never had any issue I thought was scar tissue when I was bite by a dog when I was younger! The other day I felt some thing wet. Went home look at it and moved my hair. And I think I must have pulled a little off it! And cottege chesse looking stuff came out. Went to dr he gave me antboites to get it to get smaller so he can remove it! He said it was to big now a surgery would have to take it out! I want him to it will be cheaper. But I work everyday doing taxes. It leak some times when I move my hair! How can I stop it from leaking at work the smell and look drive me crazy. Call dr he said keep taking antiboinc and hot rags if not better come see him end of week! I can't stand hats or bands on my head. But need ideas to stop it at work.

Mystique

I get these on my nipples and in my face. Not as big as yours but I hate them. When I was nursing I had one on my nipple too and it really hurt when the baby was suckling, but because of that eventually it opened up and all the junk came out. However today I have a small hole there. I keep getting them on my nipples on other private places and in my face. The problem is they do refill sometimes and I don't have the money to get the sack scooped out so I have to keep squeezing. When I finally get one totally out I have a hole. My face looks like the moon with all the craters but I am 62 now and if my face is the only thing you see on me then you not worth my time as it is cause I have a lot more to offer than moon craters (small ones but there) in my face.

Anonymous

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Mystique

thank you for your story. i feel relief knowing at least one other person in the world has the same issue i do. i too get them on my breasts, and no where else. ive been dealing with one for over 3 yrs. ive visited my obgyn and they had stated that we women do not get them there. it lead to a cancer scare and now twice a year scanning. i just usually treat myself at home using a drawing salve called Quret and some gauze pads secured to the area with a large bandage or medical tape. they usually are gone within 2 weeks. however the current one is stubborn i only treat it when it gets enlarged otherwise i leave it alone.

Cathw

This what is happening to my husband.man that stuff went everywhere.I had to wear my glasses to stop it from getting in my eyes.

loner

I had two large bumps on my back the first one the drs took care of. it was nasty ass smell bunch of white junk came out. the second one done myself it came to a head. I squeezed that bad boy white junk left a large dent like on my back. yes this stuff smells really bad i had a nurse she got sick from the smell she had to leave the room my wife could not believe the smell it was very bad. every body take care have a good day. god bless you all. loner

J

I have had me on my face for years and at best a bigg blackhead at worst at present a hard lump under the skin and I popped all the hard smelly crap out. Now it's watery but still with white puss that smells. How do I get it to stop?

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Anonymous

How do you get rid of the smell from the cyst?

Maria

I'm here because if the disgusting 4 year old lump on my head. I call it my ugly horn, my sister calls it my external disk for storing abundant intelligence.

When I first detected in in 2013, it was soft and barely noticeable.

In 2015 my dear sister died of breast cancer and we went to her funeral in Canada.

After returning to Portugal my horn started to get larger and today, 2 years later, it is grotesquely huge and almost fills my hand. At room temperature it gets hard, when I apply heat it gets liquid soft. Because of all the home remedies I've been trying it ended up developing a cap-like wound which has bled reasonably a few times. The bleeding always stops on its own.

For self reassurance I tell myself it's of the same origin as the fist sized lump I was born with on my neck which was removed when I was a baby.

I'm scared to go to the doctor because when my sister went, she was given a death sentence and she immediately died emotionally and lost all her strength to fight the monster. She lasted 7 weeks after the diagnosis at the age of 47.

So, I have decided to go with the flow, try all the home remedies I can find and see what happens because I'm SCARED!

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