pyjamas cysts

How Pyjamas Could Cause Cysts

A study has shown that pyjamas could be a cause of skin problems such as sebaceous cysts and other skin infections.

The average British female is said to wash pyjamas every 17 days with men washing them every 13 days. In that time, germs, bacteria and microorganisms can build up quite considerably.

Sally Bloomfield, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine told MailOnline.

“Pyjamas are against your skin. You shed skin cells at a vast rate all the time. They are full of microorganisms.

“We all have skin and gut organisms that are usually not harmful on our skin and in our gut. But if they get into the wrong place they can cause problems.”

Any wounds or cuts can be entry points for bacteria harboured in clothing; in addition to which, oils and dead skin cells lurking in the fabric can clog the pores causing pimples which can develop into sebaceous cysts which grow slowly on the back, neck, torso and the face.

Wearing unclean pyjamas can also be a breeding ground for dust mites and cause respiratory complications. Ultimately, the build up of germs can cause the immune system to work harder, increasing the risk of colds or other viruses.

The message is simple – wearing dirty clothing could be the cause of a range of skin issues, so put those pyjamas through the wash a bit more often.

Bloomfield recommends washing your pajamas after a minimum of a week’s use, while the American Cleaning Institute suggest twice a week (3-4 wears). Bed sheets should be washed at least every two weeks, or more often if you sweat a lot.

Cyst Removal Surgery

Once established, cysts can be uncomfortable, tender and depending on where they’re situated, bothersome for aesthetic or practical reasons (e.g. in the way of a zip).

For many cysts, surgical treatment is likely to be the most effective solution. This is a treatment offered by Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He and a team of doctors and surgeons use careful surgical techniques to remove the sebaceous cyst completely with minimal scarring.

Cyst Removal

Common sebaceous cysts may not be approved for removal on the NHS, as they could be classed as a cosmetic issue. This is increasingly an issue as NHS cut backs mean that the threshold for treatment is raised.

Private cyst removal is available with organisations such as Skin Surgery Laser Clinic who have a selection of clinics based in London and Bristol. Skin lesions are removed using the latest surgical techniques for minimal scarring; with trained doctors and surgeons. The lack of waiting lists is a real advantage and if the doctor and patient agree, many cysts can be removed in the consultation without need for booking a separate appointment for treatment.

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