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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What are signs that it is an epidermal cyst?

What are signs that it is an epidermal cyst?

EIC's or epidermal..: Inclusion cysts are typically just below but attached to the skin. They often have a small punctum or pore, usually near the center if you look hard enough. ...Read more

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What causes pain following epidermal cyst removal?

Surgery: Anytime surgery is performed, pain is likely to be encountered. If it persists more than a day, or two, then you need to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat epidermal cysts?

How do doctors treat epidermal cysts?

Surgical removal....: If it is small and not bothering you, leave it alone. These tend to enlarge because they are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin. 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. ...Read more

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Home treatment safe for epidermal cyst?

Home treatment safe for epidermal cyst?

Not sure: This is more of a phrase than a question so I'm not sure what your asking. But here's a guess. Warm compresses can sometimes cause these cysts to drain which can allow them to heal. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil can be used for discomfort and inflammation. Anything not resolving or requiring aspiration or incision and drainage should be performed by a physician with sterile equipment. ...Read more

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Any home treatments for epidermal cysts?

Any home treatments for epidermal cysts?

No: Epidermal cysts should be treated by excision by a surgeon. Otherwise you will risk recurrence, and worse, infection. ...Read more

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I think I have a epidermal cyst. Do I get it removed?

I think I have a epidermal cyst. Do I get it removed?

Probably...: If it is small and not bothering you, leave it alone. These tend to enlarge because they are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin. 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. ...Read more

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What food can avoid epidermal inclusion cyst?

What food can avoid epidermal inclusion cyst?

None really: Eic is a sac lined with skin cells embedded under your skin that becomes full of the skin and oil normally produced and exfoliated each day. Squeezing the cyst will release this cheesy smelly material but will cause scarring and make it more difficult to remove the sac surgically, so avoid this. I have some patients that have multiple neck cysts that resolve after eliminating dairy from the diet. ...Read more

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What are signs that it is an epidermal cyst?

EIC's or epidermal..: Inclusion cysts are typically just below but attached to the skin. They often have a small punctum or pore, usually near the center if you look hard enough. ...Read more

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What causes pain following epidermal cyst removal?

Surgery: Anytime surgery is performed, pain is likely to be encountered. If it persists more than a day, or two, then you need to discuss it with your physician. ...Read more

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I think I have a epidermal cyst. Do I get it removed?

Probably...: If it is small and not bothering you, leave it alone. These tend to enlarge because they are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin. 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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: epidermal cyst?

Inclusion cyst: An epidermal cyst is a collection of white cells and cellular debris that collects in the dermis and becomes walled off from the surrounding tissues. These can occasionally become infected. The best treatment is excision including the wall of the cyst. ...Read more

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How much would it cost to remove a sub-epidermal cyst?

How much would it cost to remove a sub-epidermal cyst?

Have to ask, but...: This should be (in most cases) a simple in-office procedure performed with local anesthesia, so the cost should not be too great. ...Read more

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I had an epidermal cyst drained today on my back. It feels inflamed and is very painful when I move. How can I care for these symptoms?

I had an epidermal cyst drained today on my back. It feels inflamed and is very painful when I move. How can I care for these symptoms?

Review with the doc: Your options are variable, but often focus on antiinflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, Aleve, etc, or pain medications (like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or stronger ones like oxycodone). Which ones will be best for you will be best determined by you and your physician, as this will allow to account for the issues around the procedure and your past medical history. Sometimes warm compresses are used to. ...Read more

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Epidermal cyst causes infertility?

Epidermal cyst causes infertility?

Not necessarily: While this is possible it would have to be bilateral and is not a common cause of infertility. ...Read more

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Home treatment safe for epidermal cyst?

Not sure: This is more of a phrase than a question so I'm not sure what your asking. But here's a guess. Warm compresses can sometimes cause these cysts to drain which can allow them to heal. Tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil can be used for discomfort and inflammation. Anything not resolving or requiring aspiration or incision and drainage should be performed by a physician with sterile equipment. ...Read more

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What are some home treatment of epidermal cyst?

What are some home treatment of epidermal cyst?

Don't pick at it: Warm epsom salt soaks can help to soothe it (and may help bring some of the fluid out/to the surface). Topical antibiotic ointment could help if there is an opening or drainage.
Do not pick at it or try to pop it like a pimple--you risk pain and infection.
Aside from this, if the cyst does not seem to be going away on it's own, see a physician! ...Read more

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Are there home remedies to get rid of an epidermal cyst?

Are there home remedies to get rid of an epidermal cyst?

NONE: Nothing applied to the surface nor anything you swallow will have the slightest effect. Steroid injections sometimes shrink them. Drainage will temporarily flatten it. If it is not inflammed you may choose to ignore it. Definitive cure requires surgical removal. ...Read more

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I had a epidermal cyst removed 3 months ago and now I have a huge scar. Who can fix it?

I had a epidermal cyst removed 3 months ago and now I have a huge scar. Who can fix it?

Wait a while...: A plastic surgeon is your best bet, but the scar won't mature for 6-12 months, at which time it should look better and may not need revision. Avoid sunburning or tanning the scar until all the pink is gone from it. Products such as Mederma may help. Remember that scars are permanent and cannot be removed or fixed, but may be improved. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's a sub-epidermal cyst on penis?

What's a sub-epidermal cyst on penis?

Under skin of penis: In a prior answer on a similar topic, I mentioned that pain in the penis could be caused by an abnormality under the top layer of the skin = sub-epidermal. In your question, this abnormality is probably a benign cyst with fluid. See a urologist, may be able to drain it with very fine needle or remove cyst entirely (don't wince so much, local anesthesia will be used). ...Read more

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I think I have a epidermal cyst on forehead. Do let it grow or puncture it?

EPIDERMAL CYST: Do not try to puncture it as it can be dangerous and cause a serious infection. If you want it removed you should see a surgeon or a dermatologist and have it properly excised in one piece. ...Read more

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My neighbors say my new doctor tends to overdiagnose everyone. He thinks I might have epidermal cyst. Can you tell me the symptoms?

Skin cyst: There are two very common soft skin bumps. One, a sebaceous cyst, is a blocked hair follicle unit, where the wall of the cyst is filled with thick, often smelly skin oil, called sebum. It is always benign, but can great quite large, soft ball size at times. It may leak some bad smelling cheese like guck. It can be removed easily. A lipoma, a 2nd kind of lump, is deeper and made of hard fat. ...Read more

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Is local anesthesia for epidermal cyst safe for pregnant women?

Is local anesthesia for epidermal cyst safe for pregnant women?

Yes, but..: Lidocaine can be used safely without Epinephrine while pregnant. However, unless absolutely necessary, I would defer any elective surgery until after baby has been born. ...Read more

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Do warm compresses heal epidermal cyst or at least make the skin flat again?

Do warm compresses heal epidermal cyst or at least make the skin flat again?

No, needs removal: If it is an epidermal cyst, it needs to be removed. If it ruptures, it will induce local inflammation. ...Read more

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After surgery of epidermal cyst is there any chance to get who level sperm count?

After surgery of epidermal cyst is there any chance to get who level sperm count?

Sperm count: A sperm count is a separate issue from your office surgery. Fertility clinic or basic women's health clinic should be able to help you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a epidermal cyst attach to your spinal cord and kill you if its on your neck??

Not very likely: But if it is concerning you then see a health care professional and have it removed surgically. ...Read more

Dr. Asher Turney
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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more


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Epidermal (Sebaceous) Cyst (Definition)

A small lump or bump under the skin. ...Read more