A sebaceous cyst is the bump that usually develops below the skin. They are also known as keratin cyst or the epidermoid cyst. They normally develop and disappear by themselves. Sebaceous cysts normally emerge due to the blockage of the sebaceous gland by a protein that is known as keratin. They may also be as a result of a swollen hair follicle.
Sebaceous cysts may have a very pungent smell and have a yellow clear oily liquid. Cysts may occur in any part of the body other than the palms and soles of the feet. They commonly appear on the head, face and the breasts. They may be very small or even large in size. It is important o note that sebaceous cysts are not harmful and are non-cancerous.
One of the best and easiest ways to drain a sebaceous cyst is to use a warm compress. This can help to remove the cyst without puncturing or irritating the cyst. This is also one of the recommended home treatment methods for cysts that doctors recommend.
How to use:
To get rid of a sebaceous cyst without surgery by using a warm compress, please do the following:
Gently clean the affected skin area around the cyst with soap.
Apply a wet, warm washcloth to the sebaceous cyst for 20 to 30 minutes. When the washcloth cools, warm it up again by dipping it in hot water.
Repeat 3-4 times a day to help increase blood circulation to the area and speed up the healing process of the cyst.
Continue doing this until the lump comes to a head and starts to drain.
When pus starts coming out of the cyst, apply a clean bandage over the lump to prevent any infection from spreading.
Change the bandage daily.
Doctors from WebMD also advise that you should be careful not to burn your skin and that the warm compress shouldn’t be any hotter than bath water. It may take up to a week for the cyst to come to a head and drain.