Sebaceous Ccsts are closed sacs under the skin, which are filled with keratin. Keratin is a protein, which causes the creation of these sacs. The term is usually interchanged with epidermal cysts. They are often found on the upper part of the body especially on the neck, ears and arms. Sebaceous cysts are most often not cancerous and are just swollen hair follicles. These are very common cheese-like protruding growths on the skin. They can be easily detected because of their redness, tenderness, increased temperature on the sore areas, and grayish-white coloring. They also release a foul smell. If in doubt though, a biopsy would be best to determine the nature of the cyst. As stated, most of these protrusions are harmless, but utmost care should be done to prevent swelling and avoid infection.
Medical Treatment. There is very little cause for alarm with this kind of cyst as most just disappear after a period of time. The others could get larger though and may require surgical removal. If they get inflamed, they can form abscesses and should be treated with steroids. There are three proven surgical ways to treat sebaceous cysts so check with your doctor for the best approach.
A non-surgical cure that has been gaining popularity is the heat pad. These are warm compresses that must be directly applied on the affected part for 15 minutes for 10 days. This application helps force the sebum to its melting point. The melted sebum then gets absorbed back into the body. This method is preferred by more patients because of its low cost and its being hassle free.
Symptomatic relief for sebaceous cysts:
- Proper hygiene is still the best.
- Use antibacterial soap when taking a bath.
- Take oral antibiotics or similar medicine.
- Take steroid medicine to lessen swelling.
- Surgical operation, if necessary.
- Apply warm compress to drain the cyst.
- Local anesthetic injected at the incision line and around the lipoma with a syringe.
Sebaceous cysts can be easily treated. Your skin is the body's biggest organ. If you detect bulges on the skin that are growing larger by the day or if there's pain on these bulges, don't hesitate to ask your doctor about your condition. Taking care of the skin should be top priority as it is the body's first shield.