What is the cause of sebaceous cysts?

Sebaceous Cysts

These are solid collections of skin oil that form round, pea-sized lumps that can be wiggled about under the skin. They are especially common in the scalp and groin area, in the armpit and on the chest wall. They can occur singly or severally, even in clusters, and can become infected.

Why do I keep on getting them? 

Some people have the kind of skin whose oil gland ducts plug up. The fluid that can't get out changes in character and forms sebaceous cysts.

How can I prevent new ones from appearing? 

You can't.

What should I do about it? 

If it doesn't bother you, it can be left alone.

It spoils my appearance. Can you take it out without leaving a scar? 

The physician is often able to remove the cyst completely through a very small puncture incision. When the cyst is very large, a correspondingly longer incision may be required.

What do you mean, it is injected and you can't remove it now? 

When these cysts become infected, either they become inflamed and tender and stick to the skin or they start to drain. They should not be removed at this time for fear of spreading the infection. It is best to allow them to subside with the aid of hot soaks or just to let the pus out now and remove the cyst lining later to prevent recurrence.

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I have so many in my scalp that it's become painful to run a comb through my hair. What do I do? 

They_ all can be removed at a single sitting, providing you accept the plan that a dime-sized area of hair has to be shaved around each cyst. One can't take many of them out properly without this shaving. You won't be bald, just "moth-eaten" in a few areas until the hair regrows. You can comb your hair differently or wear a hat or kerchief to cover the area if this embarrasses you.

I have these cysts in my earlobe. Can they become cancerous? Do they interfere with my hearing? Should I wear earrings? 

The answer to each of these questions is no.

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