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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

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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Does a sebaceous cyst drain itself?

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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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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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

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Hi I had a sebaceous cyst drained over two weeks ago, it is still leaking fluid and has started to smell really bad. How do I get rid of the smell?

Hi I had a sebaceous cyst drained over two weeks ago, it is still leaking fluid and has started to smell really bad. How do I get rid of the smell?

Depends: If the wound is open, keep it clean with soap and water, and pack the wound with moist gauze at least 2x/day. If the wound is not open, it needs to be opened. In either case, see the doctor that drained it, or a general surgeon. If the skin is red, see someone today, even of it means going to the ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Cyst: Always a good plan to seek medical evaluation and possible I&D of infected cyst of neck. Also PO antibiotics are a must. If truly infected than only drainage is possible. Than after healing re excision of the scar and lining of the cyst is needed to prevent recurrence... ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...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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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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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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Tried to drain it out with warm water, but it didn't work. Is this lump actually a sebaceous cyst or is it something else?

Tried to drain it out with warm water, but it didn't work. Is this lump actually a sebaceous cyst or is it something else?

Epidermal cyst?: This could be an epidermal cyst, which is an encapsulated collection of dead skin. Draining it often doesn't get rid of it. Usually, it needs to be surgically removed. ...Read more

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I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

Let it stabilize: I'm sorry it ruptured. The keratin and/or sebum in the cyst promotes bacterial overgrowth and greatly interferes with healing. You should get with your physician now for possible antibiotic treatment; you may need surgery when things settle down. ...Read more

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I had sebaceous cyst on vaginal lip taking medicine now and was cut open to drain. Now getting boils all over, why?

I had sebaceous cyst on vaginal lip taking medicine now and was cut open to drain. Now getting boils all over, why?

Allergy?: Is that medicine an antibiotic? Could you possibly be allergic to it? Call the doctor who cut open your cyst now and inform them. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst on mons pubis near labia mayora. Yellow bloody draining is occurring on its own. Should I let it drain on its own? What to do?

I have a sebaceous cyst on mons pubis near labia mayora. Yellow bloody draining is occurring on its own. Should I let it drain on its own? What to do?

Cyst: Yes. Continue to let it drain on it's own. It is best to place warm compresses on the area for 20 minutes at a time, at least 3-4 times per day, which will encourage the drainage. If it spreads, worsens, gets red or hot, or if you get a fever, you should see a doctor, as then you may need help to get it to drain. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got sebaceous cyst drained in groin/anus 4 days agoi'm on antibiotics. Site of cyst is not healing flat. What can I do to ensure that it heals flat?

I got sebaceous cyst drained in groin/anus 4 days agoi'm on antibiotics. Site of cyst is not healing flat. What can I do to ensure that it heals flat?

Cyst: If the cyst has a capsule then the capsule must be removed for the cyst to resolve. Talk to your doctor about surgical removal of the cyst. ...Read more

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Do all boils or sebaceous cysts need to be cut out or drained?

Do all boils or sebaceous cysts need to be cut out or drained?

Have it excised: If a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require incision and drainage by doctor. Once healed, have sac removed to prevent recurrence. If simple abscess (or "boil"), should not recur once drained. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

Deep trapped skin...: They are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin's surface, usually due to minor trauma. These cells continually shed, increasing the size of the cyst (more accurately an epithelial inclusion cyst.) removal is generally a minor surgical procedure, but requires total removal of the cyst wall to prevent recurrence of the cyst. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for sebaceous cyst?

Excision: Sebaceous cysts can be easily removed with a minor surgical excision. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a sebaceous cyst?

Sebaceous Cyst: Sebaceous cysts almost always require surgical excision to cure them. Many form and do not cause problems and therefore require no treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to burst a sebaceous cyst?

Not advised: This is generally recommended because it could lead to infection or make surgical removal more difficult. ...Read more

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How can doctors remove a sebaceous cyst?

How can doctors remove a sebaceous cyst?

Excision: To simply open the cyst and pull out the sebum is not adequate You have to remove the cyst its casing and the sebaceous gland and duct. If not the cyst will return ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding.?

I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding.?

Cyst: Sebacious cysts usually don't bleed. They are filled with cheese like material that occasionally can get infected and turns into pus. If it is bleeding, it needs to be examined as there may be something else going on. Pressure to the cyst for the time being may help stop it, but seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

It heals.: Contents spill out. Inflammation subsides. Cyst heals. Sometimes recurs. ...Read more

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How do they remove sebaceous cyst from head?

Surgical excision: Sebaceous cysts have to be completely removed so they don't come back. ...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