Cysts

Skin cysts are very common and may run in families. They typically affect the trunk and/or head and neck. They can become inflamed and may become tender and painful.

If they become repeatedly inflamed then surgery should be considered to relieve symptoms.

Appearance

  • Firm round pale lesions beneath the skin
  • They often have a central ‘black pore’ called a punctum
  • Commonly occur on the scalp
  • May become swollen and tender if traumatised.

Treatments

  • Antibiotics and steriod injection to reduce active inflamation
  • Cyst excision under local anaestetic