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Grab a knife & keep squeezin' the cheese - it has to come out eventually! 0 0%
Leave it alone and hope it goes away (or lessens dramaticly as it has in the past, even if it reoccurs later) 3 20.00%
See a doctor - (please recommend smaller clinics that may specialize in this, rather than a huge scary hospistal) 11 73.33%
Click here to yell at me for not having health insurance. 3 20.00%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 15. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:32 AM
 
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Considering it's location, it's best if you get it looked at by a doctor. Get the phone book and make phone calls. Explain that you don't have insurance but can pay in cash or are willing to make payments. Are you a college student? Some universities have a student clinic they can visit. There are some walk-in clinics that are staffed by doctors that are much more affordable than a hospital ER. Unless it becomes seriously infected and you're running a high fever, I wouldn't go to an ER. If you can't find a doctor or clinic that can deal with this or won't work with you on a payment you can afford then consider an ER. If you're prone to skin problems from shaving there, stop shaving there. I have the opposite problem on my face. I can grow a great moustache and chin hair but I develop thick scaly scabs on my face under the hair. Happens every time I tried so now I shave my entire face at least once every other day. Decide which is more important to you: clean shave with skin problems or hair but no skin problems.
How much is a GP visit in the states???
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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How much is a GP visit in the states???
If you have insurance the Co-pay could be anywhere from $10-$50 with out insurance it could range from $80-$200. I have had one of these Cyst type boils recently, same spot as the OP. I lightly pricked it with a pin and puss came out. It was an in grown hair. It never hurt but I noticed it while showering. I have since left it alone and it's gotten smaller. I have only gotten this one other time on my inner thigh but that one hurt like hell. My husband gets them from time to time on his belly. He had one about 2 months ago about the size of a nickle. He said it was too painful to try and squeeze it so we used Ichthamol and a bandaid. It came to a slight head the next day and he let me squeeze it lightly. A little blood and puss came out. We cleaned it with peroxide and kept putting on the Ichthamol every day until it finally broke completely on it's own. It left a small scar. But I suggest instead of picking at them try the Ichthamol, and if it comes to a head then try and squeeze it, if not see a dermatologist.
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Old 04-19-2012, 08:06 PM
 
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If you have insurance the Co-pay could be anywhere from $10-$50 with out insurance it could range from $80-$200. .
Wow....! I wouldn't remove anything myself... If its not hurting, put some cash aside and go to a proper dr. Unfortunate that you would have to wait though.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:18 PM
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This seems to be an old thread, but here's my input.

Not sure what one of those cysts look like, but I had something that resembled a freckle appear on the side of my face a while back, and grew larger as time went on.

Eventually I decided to cut a little deeper whilst shaving and ripped the top off of it. Then I squeezed blood and other stuff out, then a small clear like sac popped out. I don't think I squeezed enough at the time cos that 'freckle' is still there, but doesn't appear to be growing anymore.

I'm watching it each time I shave and when, or if, it decides to grow again I shall repeat the aforesaid exercise and squeeze a little harder and see if I can get it to go away completely.

I've been doing the same with a mole under my jaw line for many years, when it gets big enough to annoy me whilst shaving. I know I'll never be able to completely remove it, but I can reduce the size by squeezing some blood out anyway.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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I have one on my neck right around the jugular vein. Needless to say I definitely wimped out on self extraction. I've had it for a little over a year now too and it's only just recently begun to feel sore. The clinic here has a 3 to 6 week waiting period so I'm thinking of hitting up urgent care. How much does that run approximately?
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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I have one on my neck right around the jugular vein. Needless to say I definitely wimped out on self extraction. I've had it for a little over a year now too and it's only just recently begun to feel sore. The clinic here has a 3 to 6 week waiting period so I'm thinking of hitting up urgent care. How much does that run approximately?
Depends on where you live. If you have health insurance your co-pay could be anywhere from $20-$50 urgent care places by me cost me a co-pay of $30.00. I would call the urgent care place to see how much it will cost before going there. Most take credit cards too.I'll assume you do not have health insurance.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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I have had a few sebaceous cysts over the years. In the groin area, armpit, side of the breast and one on my middle back that I am currently draining. Usually starts like a blackhead that you can't pop. Over the course of a few years it may slowly get bigger. The 1st one was diagnosed and surgically removed from my back which left a scar. The four I've had since I have been able to drain myself. It can take a couple of weeks, but I use nothing more than hot washclothes after my shower, apply for a few minutes, then gently squeeze but don't damage the skin. If nothing comes out, try again the next day. Sometimes only a little pus comes out. Either use the hot compress again or try again the next day. Never force anything to come out. Eventually the pore will open wide. In a few days the area gets red, tender and raised looking like a volcano about to blow which it finally does. I was able to drain a lot of yellow sticky pus over the course of a few days. After a session I always put a little neosporin on the area. One time I did see the cyst lining coming out of the pore as well. I have never cut or stuck needles or put black junk on a cyst. Just hot compresses. If this doesn't work then I might see a doctor. Hopefully this will help someone else.
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Old 10-14-2012, 06:31 PM
 
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There is a new CO2 laser treatment but it will cost money. There is also a steroid treatment but also expensive. Moderator cut: wrong forum However, if you go to Mexico or Canada you might be able to work something out under their healthcare programs if you just can't wait. Whatever you do DO NOT poke around with it! You could give yourself severe sepsis. Here is a video of a clinical removal:
Sebaceous Cyst Surgery / Excision Steps - YouTube

Here's NOT what to do:
Self Sebaceous Cyst Removal Through Minimal Excersion Technique - YouTube

Last edited by SouthernBelleInUtah; 10-15-2012 at 11:27 AM..
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:01 AM
 
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Have you looked on YouTube? If you haven't you will not believe the things you will see. There are people that have baseball size cysts. You will see what they do, which is basically cut it open with a razor/exacto knife and push and push until it all come out. You should have someone that is helping you and actually doing it for you. Make sure everything you use is sterilized and cover it once you are done.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:00 PM
 
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I Have one in the same spot... I can squeeze mine and drain it, but it will not go away.. The thought of not squeezing it daily, knowing that all that gross stuff is there really grosses me out.. I've had it for at the least 2 months. So if your cyst went away, or you had it removed please let me know! Thanks!
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