An abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of the body. Signs and symptoms of abscesses include redness, pain, warmth, and swelling. The swelling may feel fluid-filled when pressed.
Distinguish between a sebaceous cyst and epidermoid cyst. An epidermoid cyst is more common than a sebaceous cyst. Each will have slightly different symptoms and will be treated just a little differently. Therefore, it is important that the cyst you have on your skin is diagnosed appropriately for effective treatment.
Both types of cysts are flesh-colored or white-yellow and have a smooth surface.
Epidermoid cysts are more common. These are slow growing and often painless. They don’t usually require treatment, unless they are causing pain or become infected.
Pilar cysts are composed primarily of keratin (the protein that makes up hair and nails) and form from the outer hair root sheath, typically on the head. A pilar cyst is often thought to be another term for a sebaceous cysts, but they are in fact different.
If you see a raised bump on your face or body, you’re probably going to want to treat it and remove it ASAP. But hold on a sec, because what you think is your run of the mill zit might actually be something different, requiring a different type of treatment. So how do you tell if it’s a pimple or an ingrown hair? Even though they may look pretty similar, there are some defining characteristics that can help you tell the difference, and therefore, know how better to treat them so they clear up as soon as possible!