Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Hair follicle issue on scrotum

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Hair follicle
Hair follicle  
Hello! So I recently discovered this lump on my scrotum which looks like a hair follicle protruding. There's a slight feeling when I pull on it and I actually just pulled out the hair, leaving the lump as it is on my scrotum. I've attached an image, hopefully I'll get a reassurance that it's harmless. Just checking.

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Hi Jack,

That's actually a sebaceous cyst, more commonly called a Fordyce's spot. They are relatively common in men and women and are known to have a genetic component, so its likely other people in your family have them. Because you pulled out the attached hair filament, you noticed it didn't "pop" the way a pimple would. This is because its not a pimple, but the cystic material likes much farther down in the fascia (tissue) than "whitehead" material would. It is highly recommend you do NOT attempt to remove this material on your own as you will scar yourself. Dermatologists and physicians are the ones trained to do this and its an in-house procedure, so if these bother you that much, then I would suggest making an appointment before you start putting little holes in your scrotum! Also, Fordyce's is NOT a disease ok? Any follow-up questions let me know.

Best wishes,

John

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Educated and certified in STI information, HIV and AIDS, and trained in comprehensive sex education for teens and young adults. Providing counseling in sexuality, sexual interests, and sexual orientations, pregnancy prevention, safer sex initiatives, and teaching health education seminars to adults ages 18-65 for the past 3 years. Serve underserved clients in homeless shelters, workplace readiness programs, and detention centers. Three term AmeriCorps domestic service volunteer and Peace Corps nominee for Health Service to Lesotho and Rwanda. Providing services to the GLBTQIA populations of which I am a member.

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3 years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (Advanced) for 3 years and comprehensive sex educator for 3 years and parenting educator for 3 years. *North Carolina State Certified Emergency Medical Technician, #P083512 *Certified Health Education Specialist, #22589

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*American Public Health Association *National Commission on Health Education Credentialing

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American Public Health Association, Student Assembly, Quarterly Newsletter 2012-2014

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*Doctor of Education (candidate), K-12 Teacher Leadership; Capella University *Master of Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Capella University *Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University-Portland *Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and English; East Carolina University

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Graduated with Distinction from Capella University AllExperts, Top Experts of 2014 (One and Multiple Categories)

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*Over 180 clients, lasting 30 sessions, in 5 locations during Florida service. *Over 150 clients, lasting 18 sessions, in 2 locations during South Carolina service.

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