12-01-2007, 09:41 AM
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Join Date: Mar 2005
| | Re: Hard small lump in scrotal skin--anyone else has this ??
I have this have had if for yrs Dr. said it's a sebaceous cyst and if it stays the same size leave it.
Now I did have one that grew to be the size of the tip of my little finger never hurt had this one removed.
Originally Posted by snipe
Sounds like you have a sebaceous cyst. I've had one for many years. Certainly show your Doc but, it's nothing to be concerned about.
Skin that bears hair is kept soft by the oil (sebum) secreted by sebaceous glands. These glands open into the hair follicles and, if blocked, become distended by their own secretions. Eventually, enough sebum accumulates to form a sebaceous cyst * a smooth, firm nodule in the skin.
The cyst contains a white-yellow cheesy material and sometimes has a visible opening onto the skin. The tip of the grease plug may then look dark brown or black (blackhead) due to the presence of the skin pigment, melanin * not dirt as is commonly believed.
All lumps on the scrotum are best checked by a doctor. If the sebaceous cyst is small and causing no problems, it may safely be left alone. Larger cysts may cause friction and are unsightly, so are usually excised under a local anaesthetic.
Sebaceous cysts frequently become infected * particularly in the groin region where bacteria are prevalent. An infected cyst is red, swollen, painful and frequently discharges a foul-smelling pus. This is damped down with antibiotics and then excised to prevent future recurrent infections.
If the cyst wall is removed entirely, the sebaceous cyst should not recur. Often, a small piece of cyst wall is inadvertently left behind. This continues to secrete sebum and the cyst will then reform.
Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.