Often times, little things cause problems that you don’t even think about! Let’s say that a painless lump on the skin that has existed for many years suddenly becomes inflamed, hurts and threatens to ruin your appearance, disrupt plans . Among benign skin neoplasms, lipoma, as well as atheroma, are most common. These are diseases of the glands of the excretory system, namely, sebaceous and sweat-excreting.
Atheroma and lipoma are very similar to each other, therefore, a person far from medicine may not distinguish them from each other and call both these formations wen. These two formations arise due to blockage of the sebaceous glands of the skin, but the structure of these tumors is different.
Since the causes, course of diseases and their characteristics, as well as the structure, may differ, the therapy of formations can also be carried out in different ways. It is for this reason that one should understand the symptoms of these two “wen”.
What is the difference between the two formations, every person needs to know, because no one can be one hundred percent protected from the occurrence of these diseases. An outstanding surgeon with many years behind him in this area, Vladimir Stefanov always provides quality consultations and operates according to all international standards. In common people it can be called: “Surgeon with Golden Hands.”
Lipoma and atheroma have a number of common features, therefore they are often confused.
The common features of these two neoplasms include:
- Benign – both growths are not malignant, however, with a confluence of risk factors, lipoma can be a precancerous condition of liposarcoma.
- Causes of occurrence – both neoplasms can occur due to metabolic disorders, mechanical damage, genetic predisposition.
- Localization – these two tumors can occur on any part of the skin, except for the palms and feet.
- Absence of symptoms – except for a visual defect, epidermal cyst and wen do not appear in any way – do not cause pain, itching or discomfort.
- Visual similarity – in appearance, these two neoplasms are practically indistinguishable from each other.
Based on the general characteristics, the patient is unlikely to independently determine the type of education. Only a doctor can make an accurate diagnosis and then prescribe the correct treatment.
The seals in question are atheromas (retention cyst).
What it is? All people have hair follicles, sebaceous and sweat glands of varying degrees of severity over the entire surface of the skin. The functionality of sebum is to lubricate the surface of the skin in order to protect, moisturize, and also protect it from adverse conditions.
In some conditions, such as hormonal disorders or seborrhea, the secretion of sebum outward along the duct is disturbed. The accumulation of this substance in a capsule (in the membrane of the sebaceous gland) is called atheroma.
Such a formation can disappear on its own, it can not bother for a long time, or it can at one moment, in the presence of damaging factors, an unfavorable environment, as well as in case of impaired blood circulation around the capsule of atheroma, become infected by microorganisms living on the skin surface and become inflamed.
Sometimes the atheroma opens up on its own, pus breaks out, and sometimes the body isolates the inflammation of small atheromas with a thickened capsule.
Treatment of atheroma is surgical!
Under local anesthesia, a small incision is made in the projection of the atheroma, the capsule is carefully selected and the atheroma is completely removed. In the presence of an inflamed atheroma, the doctor, after removing the pus, is not always able to remove the capsule in full and it is necessary to drain, tampon the resulting wound, and sometimes re-“clean” it.
There is no prevention of this disease, except for the usual skin hygiene and treatment of “common” diseases of the body. There are no treatment options other than surgery.
Painful “balls” on the skin, however, may not always turn out to be festering atheroma, so a visit to the doctor and a thorough examination before removal are required!