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How to treat a sabacous cyst?

5 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Usually excision: Although heating pads ANS antibiotics may calm them down the only definitive care is cutting out the cyst.
Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
"Excisional" removal of the complete cyst lining is essential to prevent re occurrence.
Jan 17, 2012
Dr. Mike Bowman
Dr. Mike Bowman commented
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Don't try and squeeze/pop the cyst...this will hurt and lead to infection and/or abscess and make the eventual excision that much more difficult.
Jan 18, 2012
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Plastic Surgery 20 years experience
Excision: Excision is best. The cyst can continue to grow or may become infected otherwise.
Dr. Farhad Rafizadeh
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Take it out.: Cebaceous cycts are benign conditions that rarely go away by themselves. They usually get biggar and occasionally they get infected. I think the best treatment is to remove them surgically.
Dr. Annette Occhialini
Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
Excison: Sebaceous cysts usually require excision to remove and decrease the chance of recurrence as the wall of the cyst must be removed in addition to the contents.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Excise it: A sebaceous cyst is an oil gland in the skin which is obstructed and over time the lining of the gland shed and accumulate to form a sack like collection containing white paste like material. Because it is connected to the skin, a small ellipse of skin must be removed to decrease chance of recurrence, untreated cysts can become infected and cause significant scarring.

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