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Have a sebaceous cyst? Get your answers here


A sebaceous cyst is a small lump or bump that develops beneath the skin.

Usually, the cause is due to a ruptured hair follicle. [1]

- Slow-growing hard bump
- Usually found on the face, neck, and torso
- Needs medical treatment

Ages affected - All ages are susceptible

Sebaceous cysts are not life-threatening, but they can be extremely uncomfortable to live with. The cysts form on the outer surface of the skin, forming a pale bump. The bump is harmless and usually painless, but in some rare cases the bump can become larger over time.


Symptoms may vary. If the cyst becomes infected, symptoms will be more intense and painful.

People may experience:
- Inflammation
- Throbbing pain in the affected area
- Tender to be touched, the cyst and surrounding area


A doctor will carefully examine your cyst to decipher its type. Once diagnosed, there is a variety of treatment options.

Self-care: Keep the area clean and avoid touching it or treating it yourself; it’s best not to interfere.

Medications: Taking over-the-counter pain relievers will help you manage the pain. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics if it is due to an infection. Your doctor may also recommend having the cyst drained or removed.

Specialists: You can have your sebaceous cyst drained or removed at your general physician’s office, but in certain circumstances, your doctor may recommend you to a specialist. We, at mfine, value your everyday health and are certain that your life would benefit from our holistic treatment program.

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