Sebaceous Cyst Removal Adelaide
Sebaceous cysts are non-cancerous cysts of the skin. They are basically fluid-filled sacs that lie beneath the skin. They are mostly found on the torso, neck and face. They are not life-threatening and if left will grow slowly and may eventually become uncomfortable. Sebaceous cysts are usually diagnosed by physical examination and may be examined closely for any signs of cancer.
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What Causes Sebaceous Cysts?
Sebacious cysts are basically formed from your abnormal sebaceous glands. Sebaceous glands are responsible for producing an oil called sebum which coats the skin and hair. If the gland or the duct becomes blocked, the oil is not able to exit the gland. This often happens when the area is subjected to trauma such as a scratch or if you suffer from an acne condition. Other causes of sebaceous cysts are; genetic conditions and deformed or misshapen ducts.
What Are The Symptoms of Sebaceous Cysts?
Sebaceous cysts are usually not painful. However, when the cysts become larger they can be considerably painful. Cysts are soft to the touch and are typically filled with keratin which presents as white flakes. As mentioned before, sebaceous cysts usually occur on the face, scalp. back and neck. Sebaceous cysts may be cancerous and the signs to look out for include; a diameter greater than five centimetres, signs of infection, and reoccurrence after the cyst has been removed.
How Are Sebaceous Cysts Treated?
There are two option for treating sebaceous cysts. They can either be removed surgically or drained. sebaceous Cysts are normally removed surgically because of cosmetic reasons and also because drainage of the cyst usually results in the cyst returning at a later stage. After the cyst is removed, it is usual to be given an antibiotic ointment to prevent any infection from occurring. A scar cream may also be recommended to help reduce the appearance of scarring from the surgery.
Major Points to Remember
– Sebaceous cysts are rarely cancerous
– If left untreated the cysts may become very large and painful, eventually requiring surgical removal.
– If the cyst is surgically removed it is unlikely that it will return in the future.
– After surgery, it is possible the wound may become infected. Always return to see your doctor if there are any signs of infection so that antibiotics may be prescribed as soon as possible.
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