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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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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?

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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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?

Sebaceous Cyst: If you had the mass drained, this does not mean that you had the cyst tissue removed, if that was what it was. You should seek consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to assess whether or not it is appropriate to have the lesion removed when it is not infected. ...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