I’m sitting here with a hot sock filled with rice on my head. Why? I have lumps on my head. Sebaceous cysts.
They are gross. I hate them. I have had them since high school. They keep me most humble. You can’t think you’re too beautiful when you have M&M’s shoved under your scalp. I had one at the nape of my neck for years. It finally burst. I thought the issue would resolve, but instead it grew. Quite literally. I had to leave work and head to the emergency room. People gasped when they saw what was going on back there. A quick cut, plop and stitch took care of that sucker. Gone. See ya.
Problem was, I had about six more placed in the shape of the Cassiopeia constellation on my head. I tried to convince myself that they were a map to new galaxy. Or, if pushed in the proper order, my head would pop open. They made dating bizarre. If a gentleman caller wanted to run his fingers through my hair I had to warn them about my “secret”. Some hair stylists would FREAK when they discovered one. Doctors told me they were harmless and removing them would be cosmetic. (read: to remove them, I had to shell out the dough.) So I suffered until about two years ago.
I had begged to be referred to a surgeon. Let me go a little off topic here, but what happened to general practitioners or dermatologist who had a working knowledge of a scalpel? The only reason I had the one removed was because it exploded. I guess ER docs don’t mind a little cutting. I went to a dermatologist who after seeing me would not return my calls. I had another one burst in Washington. I went to an urgent care doctor who was all “Ain’t no way I’m touching that!” He sent me home and told me to see my regular doctor TWO DAYS LATER. By the time I got in, they hemmed and hawed and talked about giving me antibiotics first. Then she touched it and it burst. THAT’S why I want them cut out before then people!!!!
FINALLY, I was sent to a general surgeon. I told them I would pay for the removal, I understood all the blah blah blah blah blah, just please remove the friggin M&M’s from my head. (Which now numbered around ten.) He removed six of the big ones. He said he didn’t feel comfortable removing all of them in one visit. Ohhhhh-kayyy. So I had him remove the ones that were most obvious. All was better in the Lizzieverse.
Then, two months later I noticed several little ones had taken the place of the removed ones. I am back to having several of them again. From everything I have read, I should only have ONE or TWO of these in my life. What is wrong with me? Am I using a chemical that is blocking my glands? Shampoo? Conditioner? Diet? What’s the dang deal. At this rate, I will look down right scary as an old woman. (Stay away from old lady Clements! She has HORNS!) I have thought of cutting them out myself. I’ve tried to drain them with syringes. HAHAHAHAHAHA. NO, it didn’t work. So that brings me to the hot sock. Supposedly heat will make the sebum brick dissolve.
I am pretty sure I just burned my head. Maybe I should look up health tips on Pinterest.
Omg I’m so glad i found you’re post! You’re story is exactly like mine. I’ve been struggling over the years with Sebaceous Cysts since High School as well but I never knew exactly what i had until i finally stopped ignoring it. I always shrugged it off in the past, fearing it was a tumor or something and since no one could tell I had them to begin with i did nothing about it but having them more than a year or two now…it’s starting to get to me more than i like to admit. I’m fairly young, but I know it might be generic in my gene because my Mom has told me that my father used to get them and had them surgically removed *sigh*
I don’t want to get them removed that way. I’ve never gone to a Dermatologist and spoken about removing it (scared my hair follicle wont grow back) so I’m going to try using using Cold Pressed Castor Oil with a hot water bottle and apply it to the large cyst on my scalp twice a day to see if it’s working then apply it to the others.
I looked into it and Castor oil aka (The Palm Of Christi) has many beneficiaries including removing Sebaceous Cyst! I seriously hope this helps with my constellations haha but enough about me..were you able to find a solution? If so, pass it on girl! 🙂
Thanks for writing! Unfortunately, I never found a non-surgical solution that worked. I had 5 or six of them removed a couple of years ago. Now I have the same amount again in different areas. I HATE THEM!!! Believe me, the surgery is not bad at all. You do NOT have to have your head shaved to remove them. I didn’t have any bald spots as a result of removing them, in fact, I had a bunch of new hairs come in. They start out as little painful bumps the size of a pimple and they just. keep. growing.
I think they are genetic. My dad had one for years, then had it removed. He never had any new ones pop up. My brothers and I have bunches. There is no rhyme or reason as to why they come up. They just suck.
Thanks for the reply! It sucks that there’s a possibility that they grow back even after surgery but I’ll keep that in mind in case the Castor Oil doesn’t work out for me but I have read a couple of people in websites stating it removed theirs using it so I’m going to try that first and hope for the best.
If you ever want to try it out the Castor Oil for yourself here’s a link that explains more about the oil and what it can be used for
if you scroll down it shows ‘cysts’ in the skin/hair section as one of the many remedies it can help with.
There’s also other places like blogs that i found in Google, where people have talked shortly about there success with using Castor Oil that’s cold pressed- on their skin and scalp as well. I just wish i could find the exact steps to applying it on the scalp.
I read somewhere if the cyst is small enough to just put castor oil and cover it with a band-aid over night while others have said they applied the oil put plastic over the area and then put a hot water bottle over it 2x a day. The moist heat w. the oil works the best since it dissolves whatever the heck got stuck there in the first place more effectively and that seemed to work for that person.
Anywho, I plan on ordering some next week! Fingers crossed! 🙂
Sorry to hear about your “lil friends.” Sometimes it seems like you have to go to MANY MANY doctors before you find one that actually has a clue!! That would be very frustrating. I have to admit laughing though about the way you described the things. Hope the heat helps and keep bugging those doctors!!