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Can an infected sebaceous cyst drain on its own? I have one on my chest but when I touch the skin now, I cannot feel any bump underneath anymore.

Can an infected sebaceous cyst drain on its own? I have one on my chest but when I touch the skin now, I cannot feel any bump underneath anymore.

Resolve don't drain: Sebaceous cysts do not disappear on their own but infected cysts may resolve giving you the impression that the cyst diaappeared what it has only gotten smaller. If it were to truly drain it would obviously open with pus and a typically foul smelling drainage. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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How long for infected sebaceous cyst to go away?

How long for infected sebaceous cyst to go away?

Not too long...: If infected, it should be treated with incision to drain and oral antibiotics. Sometimes infection in a cyst will kill the cells in the cyst wall and it will not recur.
Good luck! ...Read more

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Will a big, infected sebaceous cyst go away on its own?

Will a big, infected sebaceous cyst go away on its own?

No: It will eventually be a nasty mess of scar and perhaps chronic infection. Think about having surgery after it settles down. ...Read more

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If I have an infected sebaceous cyst do I have to get it treated or will it go away with time? I don't think I can get it treated for a while.

If I have an infected sebaceous cyst do I have to get it treated or will it go away with time? I don't think I can get it treated for a while.

Will need treatment: The cyst will not go away on its own and will occasionally flare up and cause you pain and discomfort, even if you are able to treat it successfully for the time being with antibiotics. It will be much better to cool it off with antibiotics and then have your plastic surgeon remove it entirely. The surgeon must remove the entire capsule with it to avoid a recurrence.
Be well, dr. Fred. ...Read more

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How long for infected sebaceous cyst on penis to go away?

How long for infected sebaceous cyst on penis to go away?

Sebaceous cyst: Infected cysts are best treated with drainage and good wound care (soap and h2o). Takes about 2 weeks to heal. Would suggest aggressive scrubbing and, generally, keep it clean. In this case the treatment might be better than the disease. Hope it's just a cyst. ;). ...Read more

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I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

Pulsations in a: Bal of tissue or an area where there was an infection could represent a vascular anomaly, This should be evaluated by a provider. Don't let this lay in wait for something to happen. GO and get seen ...Read more

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I was prescribed Bactrim (10 days) for an infected sebaceous cyst. I am on day 6 and no improvement. Should I be switched to a different antibiotic?

I was prescribed Bactrim (10 days) for an infected sebaceous cyst. I am on day 6 and no improvement. Should I be switched to a different antibiotic?

Yes: This time see if they can take a skin or wound culture to determine what best to treat your infection with. Or if the cyst needs to be surgically drained. You need to see a surgeon, or at minimun a health practioner who has training in surgery! ...Read more

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Why don't antibiotics work on infected sebaceous cyst?

Why don't antibiotics work on infected sebaceous cyst?

Needs drainage: When you have an infected cyst, often it needs to be "opened up", so it can drain. That's actually more important than the antibiotics. Later on, when things have quieted down, have the cyst wall removed, so it doesn't re-occur. ...Read more

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Infected Sebaceous Cyst won't drain. Doc lanced but still a huge lump. What's left inside? Will antibiotics be more effective post lancing?

Infected Sebaceous Cyst won't drain. Doc lanced but still a huge lump. What's left inside? Will antibiotics be more effective post lancing?

Clot: These cysts need complete excision removing the sebaceous material and the capsule as well or it will regrow. You are likely feeling a bit of clot under the skin., normal finding. If the cyst was removed in entirety no antibiotics are needed ...Read more

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After the drainage of an infected sebaceous cyst when I pulled out the packing I started bleeding and I had to have an artery stiched. Was it a negligence from the doctor that rather packed 5 feet of gauze strip in there than realizing an artery was rupt

After the drainage of an infected sebaceous cyst when I pulled out the packing I started bleeding and I had to have an artery stiched. Was it a negligence from the doctor that rather packed 5 feet of gauze strip in there than realizing an artery was rupt

Tough call: You may have been mistakenly managed.
I hope you are recovering OK.
If you have the courage to ask the doctor what went wrong, please do so.
If the response is poor please send a note to the senior doctor in the program.
If there is no such doctor report to Medicare or Medicaid. ...Read more

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24 hrs ago I started Cephalexin 10ml 3x a day (liquid) for infected sebaceous cyst on my breast. Its been making me nauseous & sour stomach. I've taken this exact med before for other things & it never caused nausea until now. How to stop the nausea?

24 hrs ago I started Cephalexin 10ml 3x a day (liquid) for infected sebaceous cyst on my breast. Its been making me nauseous & sour stomach. I've taken this exact med before for other things & it never caused nausea until now. How to stop the nausea?

Another cause?: As you have experienced before, cephalexin usually doesn't cause such symptoms. Most people tolerate it very well. So maybe it's not the cause? Try taking it with food, which will not interfere with absorption or effectiveness. Or ask your doctor or pharmacist about a different formulation, like capsules. Why are you taking the liquid form anyway? ...Read more

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Does a sebaceous cyst drain itself?

It can: If a sebaceous cyst, also known as an epidermal inclusion cyst, becomes inflamed enough it will drain on its own. They can be painful if inflamed. Do not try to squeeze it. If you want it removed, see your dermatologist as it is a routine surgical procedure. ...Read more

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Safe to swim with a sebaceous cyst. Was lanced last year drains some each day.

Safe to swim with a sebaceous cyst. Was lanced last year drains some each day.

See below: In general, it’s not advisable to swim with an open wound because of a somewhat higher risk of getting the wound infected especially if swimming in non-chlorinated or contaminated open water. A chronically draining sebaceous cyst via a small opening would be even less likely to worsen. To be as safe as possible, recommend applying a protective waterproof adhesive dressing or bandage over the cyst. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a wound left after a sebaceous cyst has been drained? I'd like to prevent scarring as much as possible.

What's the best way to treat a wound left after a sebaceous cyst has been drained? I'd like to prevent scarring as much as possible.

Cyst wound care: There are lots of salves and potions available for skin and wound care, but nothing is better, more readily available, or more economical than soap and water. U recommend washing well twice a day and cover with a band aid as needed. Scar will always occur but can be improved if/when the cyst is excised once the inflammation is gone. ...Read more

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Had what I thought was a sebaceous cyst attempted to be drained. It just bled a lot but there's still a semisolid mass in there. What's in my skin?

Had what I thought was a sebaceous cyst attempted to be drained. It just bled a lot but there's still a semisolid mass in there. What's in my skin?

Could be a.....: Without seeing you there is no way to be sure but it could be an inflamed lymph node or a lipoma. It is best to have it looked at by your doctor at this point. ...Read more

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How to tell if this is a sebaceous cyst, infected pore, or something more serious?

How to tell if this is a sebaceous cyst, infected pore, or something more serious?

Cyst: Sebaceous cyst has grayish white paste like material when opened. Usually the covering membrane may need to be completely removed to avoid recurrence. Infected pore can present as a mini boil. This may require topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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I have an inflamed sebaceous cyst on my back and am supposed to be out in the woods, what should I do if it starts draining while I'm away?

I have an inflamed sebaceous cyst on my back and am supposed to be out in the woods, what should I do if it starts draining while I'm away?

Keep the area: Covered and clean. Apply double antibiotic ointment to it twice a day if it opens and drains. IIf it becomes infected-increased swelling, redness, pain, warmth-see a Dr as soon as you return ...Read more

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How to get rid of sebaceous cyst at the back but not infected.

Multiple Options: You can go to a doctor and see the multiple options that are available. You can have it injected, an excision and drainage may also be available, a total excision, minimal excision, or laser. If it is bothering you, please go see a doctor and they can offer you some of these choices and see what works best for you :]. ...Read more

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When the doctor drains a sebaceous cyst does it always have to be removed later.

When the doctor drains a sebaceous cyst does it always have to be removed later.

Probably better: Your cyst was simply drained this time because it became infected and probably abscessed. This leaves a good portion of the capsule behind and the cyst will reform. It may become infected again so usually better to have removed completely once this infection resolves. ...Read more

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If you have a sebaceous cyst, should it drain by itself once it got too big?

If you have a sebaceous cyst, should it drain by itself once it got too big?

Not necessarily: Sebaceous cyst don't necessarily drain spontaneously when they get to a certain size. Usually the only time they drain on their own is if they become infected. When this happens they may recur. It is harder to remove a cyst that has scar tissue and been previously infected. In general the larger the cyst the longer the scar will be to remove it. ...Read more

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If I had sebaceous cyst drained 1 week ago as of today and it is pretty much closed do I still need to keep that area clean with peroxide.

If I had sebaceous cyst drained 1 week ago as of today and it is pretty much closed do I still need to keep that area clean with peroxide.

I & D of cysts: Once healed, you can forgo peroxide on your wound. Realize that your cyst can return and if you do develop a lump there, consider getting it removed to give you the best chance at resolving this problem. ...Read more

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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more