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I randomly developed a small bump on my back, probably the size of a pea, and it's been here for awhile and I'm not quite sure what it is. My mother and my sister say it's a pimple but I've never gotten back acne before and I'm not sure if a pimple would stay for this long (it's probably been 3/4 months). It doesn't hurt or itch, but it is red and hard. Please let me know if it is anything you think I should get looked at or if there is a simple way to get rid of it. (I tried "popping" it and i've tried putting rubbing alcohol on it, neither worked)

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replied June 15th, 2016
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hello and welcome

your concern is appreciated

it can be epidermoid cyst or pilar cyst. epidermoid cyst arise from epidermis and pilar from hair follicle they commonly can occur on scalp, ears, back, may occur any where in the body except palm and soles. they vary in size, round and smooth to touch they contain fibrous tissue, fatty keratenous material and serosanguinous may become painful when it gets infected. treatment is the surgical excision in which cyst is excised in its entirety. causes for this is blocked sebaceous gland duct, swollen hair follicle, high testosterone level etc.

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