Close X
Get more out of WDDTY.com
by joining the site for free
Free 17-point plan to great health
Twice weekly e-news bulletins
Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
Sign up for free and claim your
17-point plan to great health
Free 17-point plan to great health

Twice weekly e-news bulletins

Access to our News, Forums and Blogs
OR

If you want to read our in-depth research articles or
have our amazing magazine delivered to your home
each month, then you have to pay.


Click here if you're interested
Helping you make better health choices

In shops now or delivered to your home from only £3.50 an issue!

Subscribe!

Q&a sebaceous cysts

About the author: 

A You probably don't have a sebaceous cyst - it's more likely to be an epidermoid cyst, as it's on your face

A You probably don't have a sebaceous cyst - it's more likely to be an epidermoid cyst, as it's on your face. The other common variety is the pilar cyst, which tends to appear on the scalp. It also runs strongly in families, and a child of a parent who suffers from pilar cysts has a 50 per cent greater chance of developing them himself.

These cysts are enclosed sacs with a lining. They are filled with keratin, the material used in hair and which make up the skin's outermost layer, in either a liquid or semi-solid state. They become red and sore when infected, and can discharge a cheesy, foul-smelling pus. In size, they can range from smaller than a pea to as large as several centimetres across.

Medicine is limited in its responses to cysts and, ultimately, will suggest minor surgery to remove it altogether if the cyst is visible and unsightly.

Cyst removal is the most common minor surgical procedure in the West, but it is still not without problems. Scarring is a very real issue, and much depends on the skin type. Plenty of people will go on to develop large scars known as 'keloids', which can look worse than the cyst itself. It's also not unusual for the cyst to grow again, requiring further surgery.

Doctors also prescribe antibiotics to reduce infection, or even steroids, which are very powerful, but come with a dubious safety track record. And, of course, they don't really clear up the cyst for good.

There are two ways to treat a cyst: either expelling it, or reabsorbing it, which might be the better option if, as in your case, the cyst has a root and is continually filling up again.


Vertigo

Finding the cancer soul

Latest Tweet

About

Since 1989, WDDTY has provided thousands of resources on how to beat asthma, arthritis, depression and many other chronic conditions.

Start by looking in our fully searchable database, active and friendly community forums and the latest health news.

Positive SSL Wildcard

Facebook Twitter

Most Popular Health Website of the Year 2014

© 2010 - 2017 WDDTY Publishing Ltd.
All Rights Reserved