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Sebaceous Cysts

What are sebaceous cysts?

Sebaceous cysts are harmless, slow-growing bumps under the skin, often appearing on the scalp, face, ears, back, or groin area. The cysts usually contain dead skin and other skin particles.

Treatment for sebaceous cysts:

Warm moist compresses placed over the cysts may help them drain and heal. Sebaceous cysts can usually be treated by a physician by puncturing the top and removing its contents.

However, large cysts may reappear and may have to be surgically removed. If a cyst becomes swollen, tender, large, or infected, treatment may include administering antibiotics and then surgically removing the cyst.

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