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what is the difference between a cyst and a skin tag

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
50 years experience Dermatology
See below: A cyst is a sac with an outer membrane and material within it. A skin tag is an outgrowth of normal skin attached with a thin stalk.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Keller
39 years experience Emergency Medicine
Incision/hypercation: Sebaceous cysts are nasty. They need to be cut out and the 'coating' around them needs to be carefully removed or it will return. Skin tags are easy. ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
One visit: Depending on size and location all three could be performed in one session .It could be done in less than approximately 30 minutes.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
None of the above: Skin tag, ingrown or even cysts are not common on the penis. If you are concerned please see a physician for a diagnosis.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Tighe De Soto
14 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Infection vs not: A pimple is a tiny infection in a pore. The white stuff inside is pus. It's basically a very small abscess. There are many different kinds of cyst, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Pimple and sebaceous: A pimple is an infected oil gland in the shin. A sebaceous cyst is an accumulation of oil gland material in a membrane that forms the cyst. It usually ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Scar tissue: Mole is a growth made of pigment cells. A keloid is thickened skin from over production of collagen, at a site of acne surgery or piercing.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Klein
20 years experience Family Medicine
Wart is type of rash: A rash is a description for any abnormality of the skin which causes changes in skin color, texture, appearance, thickness, etc. A wart is a type of ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Wart is from viruses: A wart is a lump on the skin caused by infection by papilloma viruses (it sometimes spreads to others). A corn is a lump of dead skin material formed ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Color: Certainly, blackhead looks black and whitehead look white, but it's not that simple. Blackhead and white head both are mild/early forms of pimple/acne ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dhaval Shah
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Difference: A carbuncle is skin infection cuased by bacteria and involve hair follicles. It usually drains purulent material. Cyst is a closed sac which may co ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Same: A zit is slang for pimple. Larger pimples are called cysts.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
Pocket v sac: A follicle is a tiny pouch at base of each hair that grows on the body. If one of these follicles get clogged, a collection of sebaceous material or ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
External: Keloid is external thickenig of skin. An adhesion is scar tissue inside form surgery.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Debra Atkins
19 years experience Dermatology
Thanks for asking!: A wart looks like a pimple that is very 'ragged' on top and it typically does not itch or respond to most topical products (except liquid nitrogen and ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Not the same: A ganglion cyst is formed from a rupture of a synovial capsule. A neuroma is formed from injury to nervous tissue.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience Wound care
Vein vs gut lining: Both hemorrhiods and polyps are abnomalities associated with the colon. The hemorrhoid is a vein that has swelled and cause pain & itching. The polyp ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jordan Steinberg
13 years experience Podiatry
Callus vs Corn: There is no difference between a callus or corn. Both were comprised of hyperkeratotic skin. A corn is usually referred to as a callus on a toe.
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Seth Derman
32 years experience Fertility Medicine
Very different: A fibroid is a benign tumor made of smooth muscle cells. A polyp is a growth of the lining in this case of the uterus.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Mirabile
32 years experience Gynecology
Baby bump: A baby bump is a pregnant belly whereas a hernia is a defect in the layers of the abdomen.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keira Barr
21 years experience Dermatology
Single vs multiples: Boils and carbuncles are painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when hair follicles become inflammed and infected by bacteria. Boils (fur ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ann Agnew
Dr. Ann Agnew answered
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Nodule vs tumour: Nodules are solid raised areas in or under the skin that are at least 0.5 cm in size. A tumor is an abnormal growth of body tissue and it can occur a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manoj Reddy
23 years experience Radiation Oncology
Cyst vs tumor: Cyst is a sac that may be filled with air, fluid or other material, enclosed by a capsule. A tumor is an abnormal mass of tissue which could be malign ... Read More
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