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A 20-year-old female asked:

after a sebaceous cyst drains on its own what do you do to care for it? (also i started a zpack today) will the antibiotics prevent infection?

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Dr. Andres Sarraga
Plastic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: If there was no infection prior to drainage, i wouldnot recc antibiotics to prevent an infection . Unless you are immunosuppresed there is no need for antibio. Your dr can tell you wether or not you have an infection. Other than that keep it clean, and covered. Seek help if fever, tenderness, pain occurs. Resection might be indicated if you have a recurrent ptoblem.
Dr. Robert Dudley
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Excision : The only way to completely prevent it from coming back is to have it cut out. This is usually not necessary and only done if it keeps returning. After it has drained, antibiotics are usually not necessary.

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