How do you get a sebaceous cyst?

Let’s face it, folks. Sometimes life just seems to find a way to mess with us, and one of those ways is through the occurrence of sebaceous cysts. These little bumps might seem harmless at first glance, but boy do they make their presence known! If you’ve ever had one pop up (pun intended), then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

In this article, we’re going to explore everything there is to know about these pesky little buggers. We’ll discuss what sebaceous cysts are, why they happen in the first place and most importantly – how you can avoid getting them altogether!

What Is A Sebaceous Cyst?

A sebaceous cyst is essentially a bump that develops beneath the surface of your skin. It’s caused when oil glands become blocked with oil or dead skin cells, leading to inflammation and eventually turning into a small pouch full of fluid that looks like cottage cheese! Don’t worry it won’t smell as bad as cheese though.

These cysts usually form on areas where hair grows or where there are more sweat glands present- places like your neck , ears , back , forehead etc. so be sure to keep these areas extra clean!

Why Do You Get Them In The First Place?

Although we all wish we could avoid getting our hands on this unwelcome souvenir from puberty adolescence years forever…there are several factors responsible for causing sebaceous cyst formation:

1. Genetics

You just hit jackpot! Yes genetics plays a role here too.Those who have family members who also experience frequent occurrences of such bumps may be at higher risk for developing sebum buildup; genetic predisposition alone cannot causes its appearance therefore other reasons play along too.

2.Hormonal changes :

Usually occur around puberty age, during menstruation cycle and can lead to increased oil production in the skin – leading consequently to bigger sebaceous cyst formation.

3. Poor hygiene

Sorry for sounding like your grandmother but it’s true !Bad hygiene could potentially be another factor increasing risk factors for sebum buildup especially if one adorns too much make-up, Dirty or unclean skin which encourages dead cell accumulation.

I mean, let’s face it – we can’t exactly control our genetic makeup or hormonal changes (unless you want to try taking birth control pills as an preventive measure) but when it comes to maintaining good hygiene these are things we CAN do!

How Can You Avoid Getting A Sebaceous Cyst?

Here are a few tips definitely worth trying out ):

  1. Keep Skin Clean: As stated above clean and maintain cleanliness of area around sweat glands , hair growing areas could help prevent occurrence of these bumps making use of mild soaps that suit
    your skin.

  2. Don’t Squeeze It!

We know how tempting this is sometimes; The thought of popping a little ‘ol zit or blackhead might seem appealing…but just don’t do it with sebaceous cysts- unless done by & only by professionals due to its high chances of infection.

3.Maintain skincare regimen:

It doesn’t have to break the bank balance; using peeling agents helps get rid off old dead cells from the upper layer thus preventing its build up and subsequent development into cysts.

4.Consulting dermatologist :No matter what status maybe required on our health situation always better safe than sorry! Any unusual development should not go ignored especially if consistent patterns occur

When Should You Seek Medical Attention?

As previously highlighted before seeking medical attention is highly essential;

The following signs may indicate that you need further evaluation by a doctor:

  • If your bump becomes larger over time OR multiple lumps form within the same area

  • If you begin to experience pain around the affected skin areas

  • The cyst gets inflamed and reveals pus or foul odor emanates from it

Don’t wait till it’s too late!

How Are Sebaceous Cysts Treated?

So, what happens once you head down to your trusty dermatologist? What are they going to do about that pesky little bump sitting calmly on your neck?

Here are a few treatment options which might help:

  1. Drain it! : A small incision is made around the center of the bump by medical practitioners for better drainage thus quicker recovery.

  2. Antibiotics:It may seem surprising but these bumps can get infected very easily so taking antibiotics would prevent infections developing further & spread.

3.Surgical excision:

If other methods don’t work – this one involves getting rid of the entire cyst rather than just draining off its content. This method should however only be performed by very experienced hands!

Remember prevention is always key !

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