Don't be too bad to your sebaceous cysts!

Published: 20th January 2008
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Where you might find sebaceous cysts

A sebaceous cyst is a sac filled with a greasy material (sebum) caused by plugged ducts at the site of a hair follicle. Basically meaning cysts of the sebaceous glands, these small bumps in the skin that feel hard to touch often tend to congregate in corners - ie. your genital area, underarms and neck. It is not uncommon for women to fear that these bumps or lumps under the skin may be genital herpes. However, these under-the-skin bumps and lumps are often found to be sebaceous cysts. And with natural treatment of sebaceous cysts, they can pretty much disappear, and stop aggravating you.

Painless cysts

Although sebaceous cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk, they also occur near the groin of both women and men. Sebaceous cysts are usually painless, slow-growing small bumps or lumps that move freely under the skin.

Natural treatment - leave it alone

The first step of natural sebaceous cyst treatment is to leave it alone. It's important not to touch or try to remove the substance inside to prevent tenderness, swelling, and infection of a sebaceous cyst. Occasionally, and if you are not careful, infections of the sebaceous cyst may occur, requiring treatment, whether natural treatment or more chemical treatment. Signs or symptoms that may indicate infection of sebaceous cysts include: redness, tenderness, increased temperature of the skin over the bumps or lumps, greyish white, cheesy, foul smelling material draining from the bump or lump. Some cysts are annoying because they rub against clothing. They may be unsightly or may become infected. In these cases they may need to be drained with a small incision. Larger cysts may be removed entirely. The cyst and the sac around it are removed to prevent recurrence. Oral antibiotics, such as cloxacillin or erythromycin, may be given as part of the treatment for an infected cyst.

Vanishing cysts

Sebaceous cysts are usually easily diagnosed by their appearance to the trained eye. In some cases, a biopsy may be necessary to rule out other conditions with a similar appearance. Sebaceous cysts most often disappear on their own and are not dangerous. Occasionally, your sebaceous cyst may become inflamed and tender. Sometimes sebaceous cysts grow large that they may interfere with your everyday life, requiring more than just natural sebaceous cyst treatment. When this happens, surgical removal in your health care provider's office may be necessary. Small inflamed cysts can often be treated by injection of steroid medications or with antibiotics. Sebaceous cysts may occasionally become infected and form into painful abscesses. It is important when sebaceous cysts are surgically removed that the entire sac is excised to help prevent a recurrence. However, it's important to note that sebaceous cyst recurrence in not unusual.

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