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Sebaceous Cyst

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Epidermoid cyst




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  • These are skin cysts that form from blocked oil glands in the skin.  They are commonly found on the labia majora of the vulva, back, and trunk, but can also be found on other parts of the body.  The cysts generally have a round appearance.  A black, dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin.  If squeezed, the cysts exude a stringy, cheesy white material.  If the cysts become infected, they will become red and tender.  Sebaceous Cysts are primarily a cosmetic problem or a nuisance if they form in body regions that are easily irritated, such as the armpit.  These cysts are benign and do not develop into cancer.

  • The total sac of the Sebaceous Cyst must be removed. If the cheesy material is just squeezed out, the cyst will reform.  The removal of the cyst is usually performed by a physician.  Sometimes a small incision is required.  In the case of infected cysts, antibiotics may be prescribed.
  • Good hygiene may prevent the formation of Sebaceous Cysts.  Daily showers or baths with antibacterial soap are recommended.  It is important to wash the back.  Some individuals are predisposed to development of these cysts, so even careful hygiene does not prevent them.




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