Cysts on the skin are more likely to be found in adults than in children. Men are more susceptible than women, as are those with a history of acne. A long history of sun exposure may also increase the risk of developing a cyst. Because they seem to appear without warning, there is no way to prevent cysts. It is important not to try to drain a cyst at home because it can become infected.

CystsSome common causes of cysts include previous infections, clogged sebaceous glands, and piercings. Most cysts are small, about the size of a pea. Cysts are normally slow-growing and do not cause pain. If a cyst becomes infected or is painful, medical intervention is necessary.

Signs of infection are redness, oozing from the cyst, pain, and increased temperature of the skin surrounding the growth. Medical attention is necessary if a cyst grows rapidly or is located in an area that causes it to be constantly irritated, such as between the fingers.

Small cysts that do not interfere with everyday tasks do not need to be removed. If a cyst is large or otherwise obstructive, it can be removed by Dr. Zizmor.