Both types grow slowly. Some become infected (red and sore) from time to time. They may then discharge cheesy foul-smelling pus. Those on the scalp can catch on the comb: others may look embarrassing.
The cysts look like
They are round, sometimes dome-shaped bumps, lying just under the skin surface. Some are yellow or whitish. A small dark plug is often present, through which it may be possible to squeeze out some of the cyst’s contents. The cysts range in size from those that are smaller than a pea to those that are several centimeters across. They can occur anywhere on the skin but:
Pilar cysts are most common on the scalp, where several can often be found.
- Epidermoid cysts are most common on the face, neck and upper trunk.
Cysts are diagnosed by
- Your doctor will make the diagnosis on the appearance of the bump. If there is any doubt, the cyst can be removed and checked under the microscope.
- Cysts can be cured by several simple and effective ways for removing them under local anesthetic.