Cysts and lesions are terms often used in medical contexts to describe various abnormal growths or structures within the body. While they can occur in different parts of the body, this blog will focus specifically on cysts and lesions that may affect the skin or underlying tissues. Understanding these common types is crucial for early detection, proper diagnosis, and timely treatment.
These are non-cancerous, slow-growing cysts that form beneath the skin’s surface.
Epidermoid cysts are often filled with keratin, a protein that’s found in hair, skin, and nails. While usually painless, they can become inflamed or infected, causing discomfort.
Commonly found on wrists or ankles, ganglion cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop near joints or tendons. They are typically benign but can cause pain or restrict movement if they press on nerves or nearby structures.
These often form on the scalp. Pilar cysts are filled with a keratinous material and are generally slow-growing, presenting as firm, smooth lumps.
Lipomas are soft, fatty lumps that grow beneath the skin. They are usually painless and moveable, and while benign, they may be removed if they cause discomfort or for cosmetic reasons.
Dematofibromoas are small, hard nodules that often have a reddish-brown color. These lesions are typically harmless but may be removed if they become painful or bothersome.
As a result of blocked sebaceous glands, these cysts contain oily or cheeky materials. They can occur on any part of the body and may become infected, causing redness and tenderness.
These are common benign tumors of blood vessels, often appearing as red or purple spots on the skin. While many hemangiomas fade over time, some might require treatment, especially if they affect vision or cause other complications.
Neurofibromas are tumors that develop from nerve tissue. Neurofibromas can vary in size and might be soft or firm, but some might cause pain or other neurological symptoms.
Do You Have a Cyst or Lesion That Needs Treatment?
Being aware of common types of cysts and lesions is essential for maintaining overall health and seeking medical attention when necessary. Be sure to consult with a healthcare professional for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and guidance on the most appropriate course of action. Contact Georgia Dermatology Partners by calling 770-972-4845 to schedule a consultation at one of our four locations: Snellville, Loganville, Brookhaven, and Braselton, GA. Or fill out a contact form for your preferred location here.