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What's under your scab?


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July 14, 2009

I can't believe I found this. This is the EXACT SAME THING I do and why I do it. The little white spikes under the scab and the little white balls from the scar/scab. What are those? Those two things are the only reason I pick. I've tried stopping but it just doesn't work. I am totally fascinated by them. I wish someone would tell us what it is we are picking!!!
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July 14, 2009

essentially those are a combination of fat deposits and plasma that form at scabs to help heal. i'm not an expert though. try wiki.
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April 14, 2012

Then why do they hurt and prick under and on top of scab
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July 16, 2009

that's insane. i've been looking online for pictures or info on this but i cant find shit. i'm glad someone else in the world knows how i feel. it hurts like hell peeling it but i love what i get out of it.
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January 13, 2012

right! i totally agree what is it that we are taking out of our bodies thats the reason i do it and to get it the hell out!
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April 14, 2012

Was diagnosed as ringworm recently .i believe it could be advanced fungi. New parasite. Synthetic fibers from food microwave. What.
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August 02, 2012

I have the EXACT SAME THING! At first I thought those white balls or spikes under the scab were zits and I tried to pop them. Of course it didn't work because they are not zits. I pick at them until they become like a layer of skin and I am able to peal it off. Then another scab forms and I do it all over again. Not to be an alarmist but when googling "Morgellons" I came across these two videos. It might be sensational, but then again, maybe there's truth to it. The website is: http://www.carnicom.com/morgvid1.htm and http://www.carnicom.com/morgvid2.htm.
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June 11, 2013

I am split between thinking it could be Morgellons or Ringworm.I have noticed that Tretinoin gets rid of them and that seems to fit the treatment protocol for Morgellons, but they reappear somewhere else..so I figure getting an anti-fungal cream might be helpful.All the antibacterial creams,Oxygen therapies,etc from my dermatologist haven't had any effect..So happy I found this thread,I had been calling these the itchy scratchers.If I don't remove those awful white things, it will never heal.The tretinoin forms a flaky scab over them and they fall right out with the dead skin...but as a picker..it is hard to be patient and then I end up gouging my skin..
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October 11, 2014

I do this too. I actually found you can pop out the little white things.. it's become so bad v.v
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July 16, 2009

I believe everything that your picking is part of the body's healing system and you're only stunting your healing. I've never really heard white spikes under scabs or white heads under scabs, but I can only imagine it is part of the body's healing system. Although if you're so concerned, why not go see a dermatologist? They would be able to tell you.
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April 14, 2012

We pick them cuz we know they are foreign and not suppose to be there
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July 18, 2012

Did you not read the OP or the comments afterwards, these do NOT go away unless you pick out the hard white ball or little white spikes. I've tried leaving them alone, for up to several weeks and they NEVER heal.
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February 28, 2013

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT!!! No one does unless they have experienced them!! READ THE POSTS!!!!
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July 17, 2009

Holy crap i get that under my chin.....i think the spikes have to do with sebhorreic dermatitis its like psoriasis..........when you pick the scab it bleeds after the white bally thing comes out.....but then heals within days....
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February 28, 2013

The chin was baddddd for a while!!!! The bleeding is always terrible. But to get the Bally things out you have to push and squeeze then I almost always get a infection!!!
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July 19, 2009

I believe those balls are called calcium deposits. I get them and they look like a whitehead but I cannot pop it. It stays until you pop it out with a pin. That is very bad though and will destroy you. You can ususally get them removed at facial places. I dont know what causes them.
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August 28, 2009

OMG, this is crazy, i know exactly what you are talking about... those little balls are not there to heal, they are bad..evil! i actually popped some out tonight and they leave this little hole in your skin then it heals up, but then fills up with puss, and sometimes comes back again in the same spot... but its like, when you pull the scab off you see like 5 little white things under the surface and its like, your skin cant heal until you get them out... does that sound crazy? is it actually doing worse??
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January 13, 2012

i know what you mean they are evil and i never had this problem till my late 20's they itch and flare up and its like i have to get them out! the white balls or spikey things cause i know there under there ! and they just never go away or at least for a little while till the next flare up cant stand it !
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April 14, 2012

And why is it five in a circle one in middle . Maybe a fungus or scabbie eggs . I wish I knew I hate them and can't get to the bottom of it. I find when I poop regularly the g o away. Parasitical warfare.
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April 23, 2012

I am replying to your post because yours is the most recent. I have suffered from this (pimple-like, white roots, won’t heal) for 6 years. I have seen doctors, dermatologists, urgent care clinics. Anyway, I read on another message board this could be Molluscum Contagiosum. At first when I read up on it and looked at the pictures I thought NO WAY. These “pimples” do not look anything like MC. PLEASE, research it further like I did. Remember we are pickers. We notice these things before they progress into actual skin tags. Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus, not a “wart” or a “skin tag”, per se. It’s a virus in your body. Those roots we are picking are skin tags forming, we are just picking them off before they form. I searched my body today and found three “real skin tags” as shown on the Molluscum sites. They were all on my back, so obviously I didn’t see them to pick them, lol. As I read, I found that these things last a few months, the only way to get rid of them is to remove the “root” (once you do, they bleed, etc.). They describe what we all have 100%. Please, all of you who suffer from this, check your bodies. Hopefully you WILL find at least one of these skin tags. If you do then you will have the proof you need to go back to the dermatologist and have them freeze it off. Apparently, from what I read, once you remove every skin tag from your body, you get rid of the virus forever. Hope this helps!!!!!!
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October 08, 2014

Lync2012 Where did you get this information?
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May 03, 2010

i have the same problem, but is on my balls it started about 10 years ago it started by plucking out my hair then i realize 1 out of 10 hairs will have a white ball in it i must dig it all out. my nipples will do the same thing im a guy i dont get it but it does. im to the point where i will find 5 to 10 pull them all out i know its not a std, i dont think it is any kind of cancer? by the time i get done its a bloody mess, wow i hate my life... what is this and is there a cure??
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May 03, 2010

whatever it is, it would be best to see a dermatologist about it to obtain a medically correct answer about it and the best prescribed treatment for it. as for your compulsion to pick at them, that's a different story. it's become a compulsion, a coping mechanism, an obsession, an addictive behaviour or a bad habit and one that is messing with your health. these can be addressed too. talk to your doctor frankly about it and perhaps you'll be referred to a therapist who may prescribe ssri meds but therapy and meds aren't the ultimate answer. in order to stop the picking you need to want to stop or else nothing else will work to assist the process. anything besides the want is just that, assistance. it takes inner strength and determination and a committed plan of action to address behavioural changes. try properly bandaging up your sores to allow them to heal with soft scabs that you leave completely alone. refrain from picking 100% for a month or so and then see how your skin is without being mistreated. in other words, there is no cure but abstinence. no magic bullet. let your skin heal and don't mistreat it. treat it with respect. as your largest organ it's there to protect you from the outside elements. keep it healthy.
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November 13, 2011

It's called trichotillomania. And the white balls at the end of the hairs are not a disease; they're supposed to be there. If it is just a little white speck, that just tells you which growth phase the hair is in. If it's more of a "sheath" surrounding the hair root, then that is backed up sebum from your sebaceous gland. It just means that dead skin cells are blocking the opening of that pore. I always think I will do myself a favor and remove the hair so that the pore will no longer be plugged up, but when you are violent with yourself like that, it causes inflammation=more problems.
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April 03, 2013

that's complete bull. It's ringworm. These plugs are much much thicker and harder than the waxy hair sheath.
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May 06, 2010

While i could very well be wrong, i'm not a doctor or anything, I have always thought that the little hard pearly-white balls are a collagen/ white blood cell error. Instead of the protein molecules binding to skin cells, they bond to each other, since they don't have time to do their job properly before the scab is ripped off and blood starts flowing out. I have noticed that if a scab has either that, or what looks like a tiny worm, (maybe the "spikes" you talk about) and i remove it, which i usually use nail clippers to pull out, the pore seems to open up, it's like the pore is clogged with healing agents that can't get to the top of the skin where they need to be to heal the wound. If i leave them alone, the scab on top takes longer to heal than if i remove the white matter and then let it scab over. I now only pick the ones which i can see have that tell-tale white spot and only until out (if all other methods of not picking fail) then its off limits unless i see more. They seem to scar less as well. Just cant stand the idea of goopy white stuff inside my skin, get it out get it out. yikes, now i want to gouge my nose. DEEP BREATH. ok.
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May 06, 2010

i do think it is best, though, to bandage up your open wound and leave it bandaged until completely healed. it won't get a hard scab and the body will take care of healing it properly. if you research wound healing, bandaging is recommended. picking scabs is never recommended. we are deluding ourselves believing we are doing the right thing by all the digging.
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April 14, 2012

IIf u do this sometimes they abscesses or become more painful because the stickers have to break the skin open to come out or build pressure under the thick protective barrier I call it a parasitical cess pool
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May 10, 2010

There are some pics of these sores on the'Hospital Diary' website. They are in the 'Latest Diary' section under 'Diary' on the menu bar. I hope that it is ok to post the link on here. http://hospitaldiary.com/content/view/13/27/
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July 11, 2011

I do the same exact thing. You aren't alone. I think it's white blood cells forming in the small pore of your skin. Because I looked at the newly exposed flesh and saw little holes. I may be wrong, but I do the same thing. Kinda how I am with my trichotillomania.
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September 10, 2011

So glad that I am not alone! I "pull" out the white dots with the side of a nail clipper, and it leaves a hole in the skin. I get so much relief when I am able to get it out. I find that they come out easier after getting out of the shower.
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September 14, 2011

I think they are Sebum Pouches. I get them too. Nothing like getting a good hold of one with tweezers and plopping it out. There's an unusual almost euphoric energy release feeling when they plop out. I'm not sure what the actual sac is made of but I think they contain sebum. They are very tough. From my experience you have to go in and remove it or it will remain there. It's like they don't break down. But they can/will sometimes get larger. Then you have to have it surgically removed more than likely. It all started with one little bump in my left arm. Now half my arm is covered is scars. And I have 1 current nickel sized wound producing them white torpedoes. White balls. It's as if a wound can't heal right with one or more of those in it.
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September 03, 2012

I completely understand the euphoric feeling when it comes out. I even started a collection of them on a shower tile to compare!
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October 15, 2011

I suddenly found myself with tiny bumps on my face. I thought it was a blind pimple so I tried to pop it but nothing came out. I poked it with a needle and blood gushed out for about 15 minutes. The bump was not red. After the blood flow stopped, I saw what looked like a white string. I got the tweezers out and pulled it out. It left a small hole and bled a little, but it got me to wondering if this might be similar to a comedome.
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October 16, 2011

the issue with the bump on your face sounds like one of those 'pimples' that pop up suddenly and can be super painful. However, it seems like you got to it before it surfaced on your face.
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October 16, 2011

I know what you're talking about, I'm pretty sure they're hair follicles trying to grow back.
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October 23, 2011

I know just what you mean. They actually act as somewhat of a deterrent now because I know that if i see them, I have to get them out - it's like to me that they're the sources of further infection and only by removing them (ow!) can the area be 'clean'! So I really want to just avoid seeing them. But like many of the comments here I'm fascinated by what's inside the pores, and it doesnt matter how painful it is, I have to remove anything that's in any way irregular. Does anyone else find that they're insatiably curious about things like this in the world around them? separating the layers of things as cleanly as you can, or getting deposits of one substance out of something else? For example - as a kid, before I started picking in fact, i could not stop myself from picking the soft pale wood out of some of the little knotholes on the doors of my new house. I used to sit in the locked bathroom with a compass and just gouge it out. I also got a kick from getting any dirt or limescale deposits out of the little rubber mini-nipples on showerheads where the jets of water come out. it had to be clean! Did anyone else do things like this? It cant be a coincidence, though it was certainly less of a problem when it was just a showerhead.
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October 28, 2011

I can't remember what they are called, but I get these too and did talk to my doctor about it. He said in some people, especially people with compromised immune systems the body sorta walls off little tiny sources of possible infection, and what you get are those little cores in scabs. I call them cores, I've seen white balls, and white spikes used here. I told him that I get them all the time and they are different from millia and that I would leave them alone and they just wouldn't ever fully heal, so I started excising that white spike with tweezers, it leaves a little hole, and bleeds a bit, but after that.. mine usually heal up totally within a day or two. He told me that they are supposed to go away on their own, but some just don't. He didn't recommend digging around in my skin with tweezers, but said that if I use something sterile and clean it out thoroughly afterwards, to dig it out. Especially if they healed so quickly afterwards. I've never had one NOT heal after taking that white thing out, and I don't get scars as bad as I did before either...
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December 19, 2011

I'm really interested in what your doc said, especially about the compromised immune system since that is a major problem with me, I started getting these 'things' and the scabs about a year and a half ago, at the same time my health also deteriorated, and I actually can barely function most days now....severe fatigue being the biggest factor. They have me at a dermatologist, endocrinologist, internist and no one can seem to tell me what theses things are. I went for multiple biopsies, which you can imagine just increases the number of scars.....I use to have almost flawless skin for a guy and now am embarrassed to even wear a short sleeve shirt....plus I have 2 sores on my left arm that will not heal. I know a major problem is like everyone here, I feel I have to get those white things out, whether they are the balls or the little sticklike ones.....they use to come off with the scabs, now are more deep rooted. Did he give you any other recommendations or say anything else about the immune disorder ? I have additionally now been diagnosed with sleep apnia, hypothyroidism, and pituitary disfunction due to a tumor but I'm not sure if they have actually hit the nail on the head yet. I am on all kinds of replacement hormones, chems, etc....none seem to be helping. Recently too I had a 'flareup', was itching ALL over my body - got home and I had these little white things poking out ALL OVER my body, especially the softer skin - they look just like the things under the scabs - pulled alot of them out and now they scabbed up and won't heal....
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January 15, 2012

I had a lot of the same problems you do....turns out I was exposed to mold and am allergic to it...then the allergist wanted to test foods and I am allergic to many! They cause everything as simple as runny nose to headaches, joint and bone pain, stomach problems, memory an cognitive issues, skin itching and big time fatigue. After finding I had so many allergies, I was told to see a allergist/immunologist...because mutitudes of allergies are caused by a compromised immune system. This can be caused taking too many NSAIDS or antibiotics, the chemicals and processing in our foods, etc. There's so much behind all this...but maybe a start for you. Leaky gut syndrome is supposed to be related as well. I keep researching and reading everything I can because a lot of our symptoms are very typical of other diagnosis and drs aren't as familiar with the many allergies, Morgellan's disease, mold toxicity, etc.
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April 14, 2012

You are right it's a combination of too much trash our bodies can't break down so it deposits out our pores and our immune system builds core around the trash to protect from infection ha I figured it out just then lol
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August 14, 2012

so...the scabs appear. You aren't picking your skin?
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January 15, 2012

This almost sounds like Morgellan's Disease....you might want to check that out on the 'net.
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January 09, 2012

I have been suffering from this scarring and embarassing condition for 5 years now. I HAVE been to several dermatologists, both conventional and naturopathic, and no one can figure this out. I've spent thousands of dollars (uninsured) and had 2 biopsies, both of which found no results, and taken a lot of antifungals and antibiotics, along with natural products like colloidal silver, Vitamin A for healing, Neem oil, etc. If there is no infection it must be something with the sebaceous glands getting plugged up. I agree with so many of the posters here that if you leave them alone they DO NOT heal; they multiply under the scab and itch like crazy. At night I sleep with a bandaid and colloidal silver, but this doesn't seem to help healing. Sometimes when I pull the white "threads" or balls out with tweezers, they stretch up to an inch and are very tough! I am careful to sanitize with hibiclens afterwards. Usually I only have one or 2 at a time, all on my chin, but as soon as one heals up another one forms. I've searched the web for years and have never found an answer, and now I'm terrified this is chronic. I've even done allergy testing, and eliminating the foods & skin products I am sensitive to has not helped.
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January 15, 2012

You should check into Morgellens Disease....your symptoms sound a lot like that. I had a lot of the same things you have but the cause of my sores turned out to be mold related. While testing for that, I found I have many food allergies and my next step is to see an allergist/immunologist. Maybe you can get check for these things to rule them out.
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April 14, 2012

Could be synthetic fibers. Do u poop regularly
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February 02, 2012

Wow, i know exactly what you mean when you say you just have to look at stuff that's part of the obsession, but I have not experienced these white spikes. The closest thing I can relate this to, is when I caught warts in high school, they spread over my body and I had to get them frozen off with a spray gun. When they eventually healed, they all formed scabs. I (of course) picked at these scabs, and when they came off, attached to them was a sort of rubbery plug (like a blackhead but different) and it left behind a hole where this plug had been in the wart, like the pore was really stretched big. I would hate to have these warts again but sometimes I wish I could have that scab picking experience again ha.
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February 09, 2012

This is sound like morgellens disease. I think, you should concern with doctor and try to take proper treatment. Best Of Luck.... http://www.aboutallergy.net/articles/types-of-allergies/skin/latex
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February 29, 2012

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