I thought the pics I posted were pretty cool too.
As I was looking around for info on sebaceous cysts, I see how often pics are lacking. I think it's wonderful when people can post photos so we can see precisely what something looks like (like the prolapsed rectum on another thread). One time someone posted the horrible genital swelling on her sow. Well it turned out she had a boar.
Pics can indeed be priceless.
By the way, Snowflake mostly patiently let me remove more of the keratin -- I used a worn dental tool I have -- curved, not very sharp, to kind of catch and lift off some of it. It seems to be looking much better (not as large a pore).
Cotton has a cyst that looks almost identical to Snowflake's, but the "contents" are more waxy than the pictures from the link. In the linked pictures, the contents look more formed, or solid. Is that the main difference between a sebaceus cyst and folliclular cyst?
I must admit, I do squeeze Cotton's whatever about every two weeks. She very much dislikes it.
- Do the Dewlap in '05
I have a couple pigs, a grandma, mom, and son, who all get lumps, fairly commonly, that the vet (Dr. Ridgeway) said were "sebacious cysts" filled with sebum oil. He instructed me that they would pop on their own (which one had already) and that it was better for me to nick them open, and clean them with nolvasan, which he showed me how to do. So far this works very well, and they, once popped, heal up in about 24 hours like nothing was ever there.
I wonder, if these are not sebacious cysts, but something else, or if I am doing the wrong or right care? I will try to get a picture if I see another one on one of these pigs.
- Supporter in '13
Peppi has a lump about the size of a dried kidney bean on his side that was diagnosed as a sebaceous cyst. It's relatively hard, and is just under the skin, under the fur and not visible on the surface. It isn't attached to his side, just inside the skin, and you can move it around and almost feel completely underneath it. Does that sound like a sebaceous cyst as opposed to another type of lump?
Incidentally, the vet felt that because of Peppi's age (we think he's 6) that we could safely leave it alone unless he messed with it or it got bigger. Unfortunately it does seem to have grown a bit bigger over the past few months, so he'll be going back in again.
"I noticed it was a tiny bit larger. Still not the size as a normal pea, but like a baby pea size. It is a little flatter than it used to be. Now though, there appears to be a little white dot, like a white-head pimple looking thing just barely big enough to notice. It is still hard as a rock though."
- I GAVE, dammit!
- I GAVE, dammit!
Unless possibly it was growing at the edge of the eye (not in the eye,).A problem with the eye would not be a folicular cyst.
I don't know of any terrific veterinary surgeons in that area - it's quite possible it was misdiagnosed.
I have one elderly pig here that's very prone to cysts. It's a very minor thing to have them lansed and squeezed out - at least in her case.