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A 56-year-old female asked:

What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Blocked pore: Blocked pore or hair follicle.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 45 years experience
Deep trapped skin...: They are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin's surface, usually due to minor trauma. These cells continually shed, increasing the size of the cyst (more accurately an epithelial inclusion cyst.) removal is generally a minor surgical procedure, but requires total removal of the cyst wall to prevent recurrence of the cyst.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes rid of a sebaceous cyst?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Fiala
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
A minor surgery: These are usually treated with a minor surgery, where the cyst, and it's entire lining, is removed. This is typically done under local anesthesia.
A 24-year-old member asked:

What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Jones
A Verified Doctoranswered
Family Medicine 23 years experience
See your doctor: It should be opened and drained, especially if it shows any signs of infection (tenderness, draining, heat). If it's not draining or painful and you don't mind the look of it it can be watched (if indeed this is a correct diagnosis).
Last updated Oct 31, 2016
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