Cysts are benign (harmless) growths. These growths tend to occur in the deeper layers of skin and are sac-like in structure. The sac-like structure is filled with a white, soft material. Cysts can occur virtually anywhere on the body, including the lip, eyelid, scalp and even at the base of your nails. Acne is a type of cyst. While it is not known why cysts occur, we do know that smokers tend to have larger cysts that have greater chances of becoming infected. Also, many people with multiple cysts have a genetic history of them and some people are born with them.
While cysts can be annoying and unattractive, they are rarely malignant. If cysts rupture, they may become inflamed, and cysts can become infected. In these cases, antibiotics can reduce swelling, relieve infection and alleviate any pain. Smaller cysts are generally not removed unless they become inflamed or infected, but both larger and smaller cysts can be easily removed with a minor surgical procedure.
If you would like to remove your cyst, either for medical or cosmetic reasons, call your doctor to schedule a consultation.