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Red Scar

Dear Dr Rockoff:
Last year I have a boil on my back, and now I have a red scar (I am not sure if it is a scar) about 0.6 cm big like a boil. When I touchs it, I feel there is something inside it and it hurts! I tried everything to remove it! But nothing works! What can I do? Should I have laser surgery to remove them? If so how much will the surgery cost?  
Please give me some suggestion.
Thank you very muck for your time!
                                                       Sincerely,
                                                       Jenny
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Jenny:

Sometimes a boil on the back is really an inflamed cyst.  Cysts can occur anywhere: they're round balls with a firm capsule and stuff inside which looks like pus but really isn't.  You can't get the stuff out by squeezing, thoughn trying to do that may make the spot a little sore.  Nobody knows what causes cysts.  They're only worth removing if they're large enough to bother people.  If they are, the way to do it is to get them cut out and stitched by a surgeon.  This always leaves a scar, so it's worth checking to see what a surgon thinks a scar might look like, to help you decide.

Most health insurances will cover cyst removal, if the cyst has gorwn in size, causes some pain, etc.

Good luck.

Dr. R
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