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A 45-year-old member asked:

Sebaceous cyst will it pop on its own?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Sometimes: If the contents are similar to toothpaste may require surgical removal.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
Depends: Abx will NOT cure a sebaceous cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected. .... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

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Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Drain contents: May need to drain the contents. Sometimes may also need to remove the protective membrane to avoid recurrence.
Toledo, OH
A 32-year-old female asked:

How long will a sebaceous cyst heal?

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Dr. Prabhat Sinha
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
2 to 4 wks after I/d: It take approx 2 to 4 wks for sebaceous cyst to heal depending on underlying illness like diabetes cancer etc.

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Last updated Mar 24, 2017


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