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Is Your Lump a Sebaceous Cyst or Something More Serious?

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  • There are many types of cysts; the most prevalent are epidermoid, pilar or sebaceous, which may become problematic if they get infected
  • Carbuncles, faruncles and other skin conditions that may look like any of the above may seem worrisome, as well as be painful and/or unsightly
  • Shaving, skin irritations and sunburn may initiate minor cysts; others are caused by an infected hair follicle, a staph infection or simply a nutritional deficiency

By Dr. Mercola

You may have at one time or other noticed a small, painless bump under your skin, possibly behind your ear or on your chest, shoulders or back. Many people refer to these as sebaceous cysts, but they may be a more common variety called epidermoid. Generally speaking, there are three types of skin cysts:


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