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What is the difference between a follicle and a cyst? 
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
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In brief: 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 broken down hair plugs can form, and when surrounded by a wall, it becomes a cyst. Often these grow under the skin (subcutaneous), and with hot compresses may resorb on their own. Sometimes they don't and may have to be drained or removed by the doc.

In brief: 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 broken down hair plugs can form, and when surrounded by a wall, it becomes a cyst. Often these grow under the skin (subcutaneous), and with hot compresses may resorb on their own. Sometimes they don't and may have to be drained or removed by the doc.
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