Scalp Cyst: Cause and Treatment


A small bump, comparable to a pimple, on your scalp is referred to as a scalp cyst. A cyst is described as a closed sac which contains fluids, semi-solids of air and it generally disappears by itself within a week of its appearance. A scalp cyst is usually found in a hair follicle. So, if a cyst does not disappear you will have to take measures to treat it or remove it, if you want to avoid long term hair problems or other scalp-related health complications.


A scalp cyst is usually a sebaceous cyst. This means that the surface pore through which the hair is to emerge is blocked and it becomes a cyst. This may be caused by some damage to the skin in the area from a bruise or abrasion. A broken of ruptured sebaceous gland, one of those glands which provides the skin with essential oils, can also lead to the formation of a scalp cyst. The other known cause of this problem is a genetic problem known as Gardner’s Syndrome. Sometimes inadequate attention to the hygiene and cleanliness of the scalp can lead to scalp cyst. An unclean scalp is likely to have grime and dirt that can block hair follicles and this can lead to the formation of a cyst.


You are likely to feel your cyst either while running your comb or fingers through your hair. Scalp cyst does not cause any pain or discomfort usually and you are not likely to notice it unless you feel it with your fingers. Most of these scalp cysts although sometimes they may also look red.


Once you have noticed a cyst, you have to wait and watch for a few days to see if it disappears by itself. Do not attempt to poke or disturb it forcefully using your fingers or nails. All this will worsen the situation. While waiting, you can make sure that you do wash and cleanse your hair paying particular attention to your scalp but without extra pressure near the scalp cyst. There are several suggestions for natural hair and scalp cleansers that are supposed to help prevent the occurrence of cysts. You can treat your scalp cyst as a wake-up call for scalp health and set up a new, and if necessary more regular, schedule for cleansing your head. It is very likely that this will help with clearing closed pores and your scalp cyst will disintegrate.


If you feel that your cyst is not reducing in size and disappearing or if you are worried that the swelling is increasing, you should consult your doctor. Your will probably be advised to consult a dermatologist and if there is a build-up in the cyst of fluids this may be drained by the doctor. It is important to get a doctor’s help with this as any amateur efforts to drain a cyst can lead to permanent problems such as scarring and maybe even some infection.


An untreated scalp cyst can lead to hair loss and so do not put off visiting the doctor once you sense that the cyst is not taking care of itself. If the cyst is not growing, a doctor may suggest a combination of warm compresses and antibiotics to deal with the problem. However, if there is indication that the cyst is expanding or even if it is hindering your ability to wear your hair normally, you may be advised to consider a surgical removal of the scalp cyst. Even the surgery in this case is likely to be an out-patient procedure and you do not have to worry or fret about it.


Scalp cyst is a fairly easy to manage problem in most cases, and by being uncompromising about scalp cleaning rituals you may well be able to prevent future occurrence of these cysts.


 

 


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