Avatar universal

bump on chest

I have a bump on my chest, it's normal skin colored but hard. underneath the the skin there seems to be a dark substance. i'm not sure what it is. I've had ingrown hair's before but this doesn't look like those. I've tried popping it but i think its under to many layers of skin. what could it be?  thanks for the help
2 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
563773 tn?1374246539
From the symptoms it looks like sebaceous cyst. A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac occurring just under the skin which contains a "pasty" or "cheesy" looking substance called keratin. They may occur anywhere on body but scalp, ears, back, face, and upper arm, are common sites for sebaceous cysts. Blocked sebaceous glands, swollen hair follicles and excessive testosterone production will cause such cysts.

Generally no treatment is required but they become painful then it means they are infected, Then surgical excision by traditional wide excision, minimal excision, and punch biopsy excision may be required.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

Helpful - 0
Avatar universal
Thank you so much for the help.  Luckily enough i was able to go see my doctor around the time I posted the inquiry.  He said it was an infected cyst of some sort and prescribed me some antibiotics, one in pill form and another in a cream.  I've finished with the pill antibiotics but it's still there although much better than it was before.  If you dont mind me asking, with continued use of the cream, will it disappear completely over time?  or will there always be a bump there from now on?
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Dermatology Community

Top Dermatology Answerers
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn to identify and prevent bites from summer’s most common pests.
Doctors argue for legislation to curb this dangerous teen trend in the latest Missouri Medicine report.
10 ways to keep your skin healthy all winter long
How to get rid of lumpy fat on your arms, hips, thighs and bottom
Diet “do’s” and “don’ts” for healthy, radiant skin.
Images of rashes caused by common skin conditions