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How to tell if a cyst is infected

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Medical evaluation.: It may becoming to a head or may be oozing pus. Red, enlarged, warm, tender. If your cyst appears infected than please obtain medical evaluation.

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A female asked:
Dr. Esly Caldwell
Internal Medicine 57 years experience
Possible, unlikely: You should have very little discomfort now. Growing redness, by MIRROR, or pus are signs (except for a little around absorbable sutures. Ask your ph... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cullington
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
Lesions to diagnose: To really discover the diagnosis requires a biopsy and pathological diagnosis.
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Cyst: Sebaceous cyst has grayish white paste like material when opened. Usually the covering membrane may need to be completely removed to avoid recurrence.... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
Pain: Pain, erythema, and warmth are the cardinal signs of infection. See a physician, you may need antibiotics and/or drainage of the cyst.
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Red, painful: An infected cyst will be same as any closed info tion redness, swollen, and painful to touch. Treatmen is incision and drainage to remove pus. Cyst wa... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
See answer: May be getting bigger, redder, swollen, possibly about to burst, more painful, may be hot/warm to touch.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
If a cyst is ....: Infected, it will become painful, may enlarge, and should have redden skin over it.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Byars
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Some risk: I'm assuming this is a skin lesion. It would likely form an abscess and, if you're lucky, would at some point drain spontaneously. That's not the saf... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Petroleum jelly: Where and how big was this cyst? How was it popped? For a small lesion i suggest washing the area with non irritating soap and warm water. Be sure ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: An antibiotic may help the pain and swelling resolve in an infected sebaceous cyst. But the initial treatment usually involves lancing the cyst to let... Read More

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