Cliffs: heating pad on sebaceous cyst=will start going away in a few days vs several weeks
Info: Have had a problem w these sebaceous cysts showing up for a long time, if u just leave them alone they usually go away by themselves but can take many weeks if not months plus they can get bigger/painful/pop/infected. Finally started looking online for a better way to get rid of them faster, found sites saying put cloth w hot water over them, that's a pita and they get cold quick, so got the idea to get a heating pad and use that--it works!
putting heating pad on cyst for as long as you can every day makes it start shrinking and going away after a few days! now u are aware.
Epidermal cyst; Keratin cyst; Epidermoid cyst
Last reviewed: May 13, 2011.
A sebaceous cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Sebaceous cysts most often arise from swollen hair follicles. Skin trauma can also induce a cyst to form. A sac of cells is created into which a protein called keratin is secreted.
These cysts are usually found on the face, neck, and trunk. They are usually slow- growing, painless, freely movable lumps beneath the skin. Occasionally, however, a cyst will become inflamed and tender.
The main symptom is usually a small, non-painful lump beneath the skin.
If the lump becomes infected or inflammed, other symptoms may include:
Tender or sore skin
Warm skin in the affected area
Grayish-white, cheesy, foul-smelling material may drain from the cyst.
Signs and tests
In most cases, your doctor can diagnose this type of cyst by simply examining your skin. Occasionally, a biopsy may be needed to rule out other conditions.
Sebaceous cysts are not dangerous and can usually be ignored. Placing a warm moist cloth (compress) over the area may help the cyst drain and heal.