THIS is the stomach-churning moment a man’s massive cyst erupted “like a volcano” right into a doctor’s face.
Dr Natalia was splattered with the pus which smelt like “old fondue” as she attempted to carefully remove a cyst from a client’s spotty back.
Danny, who featured on Channel 5’s new documentary People Like Pus: Zit ER, was keeping his cool as he began his treatment.
He was given a general anaesthetic as Dr Natalia, a consultant dermatologist, sliced open the top of the cyst.
In an attempt to stop it rupturing, Dr Natalia began gently applying pressure to the man’s back – but that didn’t stop the splatter.
Despite going in slowly, the cyst exploded right in front of the dermatologist’s face.
Attempting to duck out of the way to avoid the contents flying towards her, she joked: “This is why I should have worn a mask today.”
This is why I should have worn a mask today
The man, who had suffered from cystic acne from a young age, said: “The first cyst did create quite an explosion.
“It has been there quite a while.”
Facing the situation head-on, he claimed that the bulge wanted to go out “with a bang.”
Nurse Nduta, who as assisting the doctor, added: “That was definitely Mount Vesuvius. It just erupted.”
“It’s all fun until you have to clean up the mess.”
After the ordeal, the dermatologist then described the leftover puss as “camembert” oozing out of the man’s back.
She admitted it had an “odour” which reminded her of “old fondue.”
WHAT IS A CYST?
A cyst is a fluid-filled bump that forms just underneath the skin. It is common and harmless and can go away without treatment.
However, sometimes they can swell up and require medical treatment. They look like a round, dome-shaped bump and is yellow or whitish in colour.
They don’t usually hurt but will become tender, sore and red if they get infected.
Why do they form?
Cells in the top layer of our skin produce a protein called keratin that helps give skin strength and flexibility.
Normal, these cells move up to the surface of the skin as they start to die, so they can be shed.
But sometimes these cells can move deeper into your skin and multiply, forming a sac.
They secrete keratin into the middle of the sac, which forms a thick, yellow paste.
This can ooze out of the cyst if it is burst.
Anyone can get a cyst, but you are more likely to get one if you have gone through puberty, have a history of acne or you have injured the skin.
How are they treated?
If they are small and not bothering you then they can be left alone.
Holding a warm flannel against the skin can encourage it to heal and reduce inflammation. But don’t be tempted to pop it because that will increase your risk of infection.
If your cyst is bothering you then it can be cut out by a GP.
They will numb the area with local anaesthetic, make a tiny cut in the skin and squeeze the cyst out.
Danny, who suffers from cystic acne and has struggled with the growth since he was a teenager, admitted to occasionally scratching the with a pasta drainer when they get too much.
He said: “I can’t resist sometimes.
“I sit there and I’m a bit bored so I put my hand over, feel round and if I feel its a bit… I give it a nudge.”
“I always feel like I’m being judged on my skin. It does get to me quite a lot. I don’t even think I remember how it felt to be confident in how I look.”
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The new Channel 5 documentary People Like Pus: Zit ER gives an inside look at the pimple-popper clinic where people go to sort their skin problems.
Specialising in all types of dermatological issues, the clinic deals with draining, squeezing and removing cysts and spots.
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