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.
What Causes Sebaceous Cysts?
Sebaceous cysts are often the result of swollen hair follicles or skin trauma.
Symptoms and Signs/Symptoms of Infection
Sebaceous cysts are usually painless, slow-growing, small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin. It's important not to touch or try to remove the substance inside to prevent tenderness, swelling, and infection of a sebaceous cyst.
Occasionally, infections may occur. Signs or symptoms that may indicate infection of sebaceous cysts include:
- increased temperature of the skin over the bumps or lumps
- greyish white, cheesy, foul-smelling material draining from the bump or lump
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
If sebaceous cysts become infected, they can form into painful abscesses.
The surgical removal of a sebaceous cyst that does not involve the excision of the entire sac may cause the cyst to come back (although, recurrence is not usual).
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.
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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.
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Sebaceous cysts (a form of trichilemmal cyst) are skin growths that contain a mixture of sebum (oil) and skin proteins, appearing as a white, semi-solid material. A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac (cyst) below the surface of the skin that has a lining that resembles the uppermost part (infundibulum) of a hair follicle. Sebum is produced by sebaceous glands of the epidermis. A whitehead is actually a tiny sebaceous cyst.
It is sometimes (but not always) considered to be equivalent to epidermoid cyst, or similar enough to be addressed as a single entity. Some sources state that a "sebaceous cyst" is defined not by the contents of the cyst (sebum) but by the origin (sebaceous glands). Because an "epidermoid cyst" originates in the epidermis, and a "pilar cyst" originates from hair follicles, neither type of cyst would be considered a sebaceous cyst by this definition. However, in practice, the terms are often used interchangeably. "True" sebaceous cysts are relatively rare.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
A sebaceous cyst generally appear as small, slowly growing swellings commonly on the face, scalp, back, ears, and upper arm, although they may occur anywhere on the body except the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
In males, a common place for them to develop is the scrotum and chest. They are more common in hairier areas, where in cases of long duration they could result in hair loss on the skin surface immediately above the cyst. They are smooth to the touch, vary in size, and are generally round in shape.
In females, small lumps or .....
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