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Epidermal Inclusion Cysts

AMBULATORY CARE:

Epidermal inclusion cysts

Epidermal inclusion cysts are the most common skin cysts in adults. These cysts are usually round, firm lumps filled with a cheese-like material called keratin. They are also called epidermoid, keratin, or sebaceous cysts. They can be found almost anywhere on your body. The cysts are most common on the face, back, neck, chest, and around your ears. They can be caused by blocked hair follicle and oil gland ducts in your skin. Epidermal inclusion cysts may grow slowly but are not cancerous.

Contact your healthcare provider for the following symptoms:

  • Swollen, red, and painful cysts
  • Large cysts that leads to trouble moving or a deformed area
  • Questions or concerns about your condition or care

Treatment for epidermal inclusion cysts

is not needed if you have no symptoms. The cysts can be opened and drained if the cysts become infected or cause problems. The cysts can grow larger and make it hard for you to sit or walk if they are on your legs or back. You may also need antibiotics if there is an infection. You may need surgery to remove the cyst completely.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them at your visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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