Do you have a bump or small lump behind your ear, in your neck or neck, left or right? Possibly you have are suffering from a clogged sebaceous gland, called sebaceous gland cyst or sebaceous cyst. A sebaceous cyst is a benign condition where you usually have no complaints. However, they can cause pain when they are very large or if they become inflamed. Another possibility is a lipoma, a soft vetknobbel. Usually they are between 0.5 and 3 centimeters in size and they do not cause pain.
What is a sebaceous gland cyst?
How can you recognize a sebaceous gland cyst?
How is treated a sebaceous gland cyst?
What is a lipoma?
How can you recognize a lipoma?
How is a lipoma treated?
A sebaceous gland cyst occurs when a sebaceous gland in the skin becomes clogged, for example by an inflammation or by damage to the skin. Sebum is produced by many thousands of sebaceous glands in your skin. and is a fatty substance that keeps skin supple. By sebum your skin does not dry out and become protected from infection by bacteria, fungi and other troublemakers. A clogged sebaceous gland swells up into a ball with sebum, which feels hard, it sounds a bit like a knikkertje or pea. The size of a sebaceous gland cysts often ranges from 0.5 to 2 cm, but they can also be larger. A sebaceous cyst is harmless. Although it is a benign condition, but it may be perceived as cosmetically disturbing. Sebaceous Cysts occur mainly on the head, neck and back. If a clogged sebaceous gland becomes inflamed, the swelling increases, red and hot, which may be associated with pain. In a cyst not automatically breaks open, can be made an incision through the GP.
Sebaceous Cyst behind the left ear
A sebaceous cyst looks like a swelling round and if you work hard press can come out some sebum. The gland can also open by itself and then some sebum comes out. The sebum often has an unpleasant smell. In the middle of the sebaceous gland cyst is sometimes a tip visible. That is the original hole of the hair follicle. Most of the cysts are between 0.5 and 2 cm, but they may also be much greater than 5 cm. You can have a cyst, but you can also get several. They can be anywhere on the body where hair is present encounter. The most common sites are the face, the scalp, neck or trunk. With men sebaceous cysts twice as often than women. Usually a sebaceous gland cyst does not cause symptoms, but when they are, they can still cause pain somewhat larger in size. Furthermore, can become inflamed a sebaceous gland cyst, usually by aerobic bacteria such as staphylococci and streptococci; Anaerobic bacteria are less common. In an inflammation creates a swelling, the cyst is red, hot and painful.
The somewhat small sebaceous gland cysts have no symptoms grant to be treated in principle. Larger sebaceous cysts or cysts that are inflamed or cosmetically bothersome, can be removed under local anesthesia. After the trimming of the cyst the wound is sutured. Sometimes an antibiotic is given to a severely inflamed sebaceous gland cyst. The cyst can be relieved by making a slice, then flows out pus. This gives relief from pain. If the cyst has come to rest, an operation can still be performed to remove the cyst.
A vetbultje or lipoma is a swelling under the skin which consists of fat cells and is completely benign. Vetbultjes lie just beneath the skin. Vetbultjes are common, are usually between 0.5 and 3 cm, and it is often not clear how vetbultjes arise. Heredity plays a role. Women are more often affected than men. Obesity plays no role.
Fairly large hump on the back
Vetbultjes can be identified as round, sometimes sensitive or slightly painful, oval-shaped bumps that lie just beneath the skin. The skin is pushed up by the vetbultje, but the skin does not itself changed. A vetbultje is in fact a kind of scoop under the skin. Usually, a vetbultje somewhere between 0.5 and 3 centimeters, but vetbulten that are larger than 10 centimeters are also found. The lumps are movable and feel soft and rubbery. Normally, they are going to cause pain. Preferred Locations are the shoulders, chest and back, but vetbultjes can also occur elsewhere on the body under the skin.
Vetbultjes not hurt. Treatment is therefore not necessary. If a vetbultje is in the way or you'll find it cosmetically distracting, then you can vetbultje the GP's get out under local anesthesia.