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what are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Blocked pore: Blocked pore or hair follicle.
Dr. Barry Press
Plastic Surgery 44 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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How are pancreatic cysts and pseudocysts typically treated?

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Warm cloth over sebaceous cyst has caused more lumpiness?

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
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Time to see the doc!: Hot compresses can sometimes bring an infected sebaceous cyst to a "head" where it can drain. But if you've tried that and it is getting worse, then you need to go see your doctor who may need to drain it surgically or treat you with medication. If first aid doesn't quickly do the trick, then bite the bullet and see your doc; you can save yourself a lot of grief.

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