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A cyst is a sac which forms on or below the skin, containing fluid. Although cysts are generally harmless, they can develop into painful boils or abscesses. Furthermore, what may appear to be a cyst might well be something much more serious. It is never advisable to assume that any kind of lump is a cyst, as you may have a medical condition which requires treatment. While skin cysts do not generally hurt, if the cyst becomes infected it will become inflamed and way ooze pus which omits a foul smelling odor.

Epidermoid cysts usually form around areas from the chest up to the neck and face. However, this type of cyst can also develop around the genital area. The most likely sufferers of epidermoid cysts are young to middle-aged adults. There is no hereditary association with epidermoid cysts. Pilar cysts are those which develop around hair follicles. Women are more likely to develop pilar cysts and there is a hereditary association among sufferers. Chalazion, or meibomian cyst, are those which form on or around the eyelids and can cause pressure on the eyes resulting in discomfort and pain.

Causes and Symptoms of a Cyst

Some types of cysts run in families, whereas others can affect anyone. The cause of most common cysts are the clogging of the sebaceous glands or as a result of an infection. Cysts are shaped like domes and differ in size and will contain fluid which will ooze out of the center of the sac in some cases. Squeezing the cyst will also result in the discharge of fluid or pus. However, it is not advisable to squeeze a cyst as doing so can lead to infection or result in an existing infection becoming much worse.

If you have what you expect is a cyst, it is best to consult with our resident dermatologist, Dr. Kayal. It is important to first establish that it is a cyst and, if so, that there is no infection present. Kayal Dermatology can also provide both medical and surgical treatments for cysts. For cysts which do not pose a significant threat of infection, medication is the best option so as to minimize the chance of scarring. However, if the cyst is seriously infected you may require minor surgery to prevent further damage to healthy tissue. If you have a cyst, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayal.

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Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

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Based on 183 reviews

Jennifer M.

First time ever at a dermatology office! So I was a little nervous... But they have a very friendly staff and it was nice meeting PA Joel! Felt comfortable and he was informative & made me feel like I wasn’t the only person dealing with my issue. I can’t wait to see some results and get some relief!!

Eve L.

Love this place! Everyone is so caring, and very helpful in each way possible. Highly recommend this place for skin care and even skin cancer!

Detlef K.

I’ve been going here awhile. I’ve got a few pesky issues, some due to my not allowing areas to completely heal, sins that prolongs my already glacier like speed healing! I really appreciate Dr. Kayal and Joel who combine to take of me and my family.

Michael V.

Was greeted upon my arrival, very nice waiting room, was taken back immediately. Very professional, caring and friendly staff. They want to help you. The PA Joel was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to help me. I was given a prescription to address the problem. Will be back with other issues, keep up the good work.

Lisa W.

PA Brown is very attentive to my son's needs. I have not had any difficulty getting appointments when needed. I think this practice provides excellent service. I definitely recommend Kayal Dermatology for all of your skin needs.

Kevin S.

The nurse was great made me completely comfortable before biopsy’s and Dr Kayak was great explaining what’s going on, recommend very highly

Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists

141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060

Phone: (770) 426-7177

Fax: (770) 426-7745


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