Sebaceous cysts (epidermal cysts) may be a foreign term to you, but many women have indeed experienced them --
perhaps without really knowing what they were at the time.
Sebaceous cysts are small lumps or bumps just under the skin.
To be more specific, they are closed sacs that contain keratin -- a "pasty" or "cheesy" looking protein that often has a foul odor.
Although they are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk, they also occur in the
vaginal area or other parts of the genitalia. In cases of the latter, it is not uncommon for women to
fear that they are the result of genital herpes.
But genital herpes create a blister-type sore that eventually becomes crusty,
not just a bump or lump under the skin.
Sebaceous cysts are often the result of swollen hair follicles or skin trauma.
Symptoms and Signs/Symptoms of Infection
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How Are Sebaceous Cysts Diagnosed ?
Sebaceous cysts, to the trained eye, are usually easily diagnosed by their appearance.
In some cases, a biopsy may be
necessary to rule out other conditions with a similar appearance. You should see your doctor to get a
formal diagnosis if you suspect that you have a sebaceous cyst.
Treatments for Sebaceous Cysts
Sebaceous cysts most often disappear on their own and are not dangerous. As stated, however,
they may become inflamed and tender. Sometimes sebaceous cysts grow large enough that they may interfere with your
everyday life. When this happens, surgical removal may be necessary, and this procedure can be
done at your doctor's office. Small inflamed cysts can often be treated with an injection of steroid medications or with antibiotics.
Complications of Sebaceous Cysts
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Remember to consult your healthcare provider anytime you notice any type of growth, bump, or lump on your body. Although sebaceous cysts are not dangerous,
your doctor should examine you to ensure that another more dangerous concern is not present.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Sebaceous cysts most often arise from swollen hair follicles. Skin trauma can also induce a cyst to form. A sac of cells is created into which a protein called keratin is secreted.
These cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk. They are usually slow- growing, painless, freely movable lumps beneath the skin. Occasionally, however, a cyst will become inflamed and tender.
... MoonDragon ...
On another note: A friend of mine explained to me the importance of soaking and chewing apricot kernels.
I've put together a video that explains how to do this and, why you might wish to do this if you are using apricot kernels for your health! ~~~Nancy Gurish/
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