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Cysts Types & Treatments
Cysts Types & Treatments

When we talk to our patients about cysts, they frequently ask us if we watch Dr. Pimple Popper.  The simple truth is, we don’t.  However, we get to live the dream by working on cysts every day.  Cysts in the skin are common, and because of that we see and treat them very frequently in our dermatology clinics.   From your head to your toes, people can develop cysts on virtually any part of their skin.  Most of the time these don’t require any treatment. However, there are a few circumstances that may necessitate having your cysts treated.  Also, there are many different Cysts types pop up in the skin.

Infantile hemangiomas (strawberry birthmarks)
Infantile hemangiomas (strawberry birthmarks)

Infantile hemangiomas (strawberry birthmarks) are one of the most common skin growths seen in infancy.  They are a noncancerous overgrowth of blood vessels.  The spots generally appear as a red patch in the skin that will grow to a red raised area over a short period of time. Any infant may grow a hemangioma, but we know they are more common in certain circumstances.  The reasons for this are not clear.  Girls have them more commonly than boys.  They also occur more often in premature babies, or babies with a low birth weight.

Significant Hair Loss and Thinning
Significant Hair Loss and Thinning

Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is one of the most common causes of hair loss.  This is an autoimmune condition where patches of hair are generally lost on the scalp. Though it can be more widespread or affect virtually any area of the body that has hair including the beard in men or eyebrows\eyelashes.  The condition can afflict a very broad spectrum of the population. Hands-down, alopecia areata is the most common cause of hair loss in children, but it also may affect individuals at any point during their life.