Medical Dermatology 

SKIN CYSTS

Epidermoid cysts are noncancerous small bumps beneath the skin. They can appear anywhere on the skin, but are most common on the face, neck and trunk.

Medical Dermatology  

SKIN CYSTS

Epidermoid cysts are noncancerous small bumps beneath the skin. They can appear anywhere on the skin, but are most common on the face, neck and trunk.

What are Epidermoid Cysts?

Epidermoid cysts are slow growing and often painless, so they rarely cause problems or need treatment. Our dermatologists might choose to remove your cysts the appearance bothers you or if it’s painful, ruptured or infected.

What are the symptoms of Skin Cysts?

Epidermoid cyst signs and symptoms include:

  • A small, round bump under the skin, usually on the face, neck or trunk
  • A tiny blackhead plugging the central opening of the cyst
  • A thick, yellow, smelly material that sometimes drains from the cyst
  • Redness, swelling and tenderness in the area, if inflamed or infected

What are the treatments of Skin Cysts?

  • You can usually leave a cyst alone if it doesn’t cause discomfort or cosmetic problems. If you seek treatment, our doctors might suggest one of these options:

    • Injection. This treatment involves injecting the cyst with a medicine that reduces swelling and inflammation.
    • Incision and drainage. With this method, your doctor makes a small cut in the cyst and gently squeezes out the contents. This is a fairly quick and easy method, but cysts often recur after this treatment.
    • Minor surgery. Your doctor can remove the entire cyst. You may need to return to the doctor’s office to have stitches removed. Minor surgery is safe and effective and usually prevents cysts from recurring. If your cyst is inflamed, your doctor may delay the surgery.

     

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What are Epidermoid Cysts?

Epidermoid cysts are slow growing and often painless, so they rarely cause problems or need treatment. Our dermatologists might choose to remove your cysts the appearance bothers you or if it’s painful, ruptured or infected.

What are the symptoms of Skin Cysts?

Epidermoid cyst signs and symptoms include:

  • A small, round bump under the skin, usually on the face, neck or trunk
  • A tiny blackhead plugging the central opening of the cyst
  • A thick, yellow, smelly material that sometimes drains from the cyst
  • Redness, swelling and tenderness in the area, if inflamed or infected

What are the treatments of Skin Cysts?

  • You can usually leave a cyst alone if it doesn’t cause discomfort or cosmetic problems. If you seek treatment, our doctors might suggest one of these options:

    • Injection. This treatment involves injecting the cyst with a medicine that reduces swelling and inflammation.
    • Incision and drainage. With this method, your doctor makes a small cut in the cyst and gently squeezes out the contents. This is a fairly quick and easy method, but cysts often recur after this treatment.
    • Minor surgery. Your doctor can remove the entire cyst. You may need to return to the doctor’s office to have stitches removed. Minor surgery is safe and effective and usually prevents cysts from recurring. If your cyst is inflamed, your doctor may delay the surgery.

     

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