There may be a few reasons why scalp cysts develop and grow. One reason may be because of milia. As I stated before, the size and shape of the cyst may vary, but the good thing is that most are benign.
Milia are tiny white heads that never actually surface. As the cyst grows over time, a caregiver must watch and be weary of infections developing.
You will know that there is an issue if a yellow or white drainage begins to seep accompanied by a foul smell and a red or tender area appears around the cyst. If this situation does occur, it is time to get your client to their medical physician immediately!
An epidermoid cyst forms because of infected hair follicles or because of acne. They can range in size from a few millimeters to 5 cm in diameter. They may actually move under the skin.
I have found out that there is typically no way to really prevent epidermoid cysts from occurring, however, there are solutions that a caregiver should know about and be able to relate to their client and the client’s family members or other loved ones.
The number one solution is removal. Although I have already stated on more than one occasion that typically the cysts are not cancerous, an epidermoid cyst can potentially grow larger than 5 cm and become infected or rupture. The potential for this becomes greater the larger the cyst becomes. By knowing all of this, you are once again showing everyone that With Age Comes Respect.