A cyst on the chest, medically known as an epidermoid cyst or a sebaceous cyst, is a common occurrence that can develop just beneath the skin’s surface. These cysts typically appear as small, round bumps that may be white or yellowish in color. While they are usually benign and harmless, they can sometimes become inflamed or infected, causing discomfort or pain. Cysts on the chest can vary in size from very small to quite large, and they may persist for a long time if left untreated.
One common cause of cysts on the chest is the blockage of hair follicles or oil glands. When these follicles or glands become blocked, they can fill with keratin, a protein that is naturally present in the skin. Over time, this accumulation of keratin forms a cyst beneath the surface of the skin. Other factors that can contribute to the development of cysts include hormonal changes, genetic predisposition, and certain skin conditions such as acne.
Although cysts on the chest are typically harmless, they can sometimes become inflamed or infected, leading to symptoms such as redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage of pus. In such cases, medical attention may be necessary to relieve discomfort and prevent complications. Treatment options for an inflamed or infected cyst may include antibiotics to treat the infection, incision and drainage to remove the cyst contents, or surgical excision to remove the entire cyst.
In many cases, cysts on the chest can be left alone if they are not causing any symptoms or complications. However, some people may choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons or if they are causing discomfort or embarrassment. Removal of a cyst on the chest is typically a minor surgical procedure that can be performed in a doctor’s office or outpatient clinic under local anesthesia. After removal, the cyst is usually sent to a laboratory for analysis to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any underlying conditions.