Epidermoid Cysts

Hines Dermatology Associates Inc.

Dermatology located in Attleboro, MA

Epidermoid Cysts

These are subcutaneous growths that appear just below the skin surface. They arise from the epidermis or the epithelial lining of the hair follicle. Other terms are wen, sebaceous cyst, infundibular cyst. They commonly appear on the face, neck, back and genitals, however, anywhere on the body they can appear. When intact they can be painless and appear as a subcutaneous flesh colored lump on the skin surface. If traumatized they can become swollen red and painful. They can rupture producing a skin infection requiring antibiotics and possibly surgical removal.

Treatment 

Can consist of warm compresses, intralesional steroid injections, oral and or topical antibiotics or surgical removal.