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Draining Sebaceous Cyst
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Large, painful sebaceous cyst on upper inner thigh. Had these before & can usu use a needle to pop em, but can't get this one to drain. What can I do?
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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?
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
I have sebaceous cyst which grow like 2 inch stays for 4 - 5 days and drains out. Again it comes on it on. It is in my both under arms. Please help.
Sounds like: You need to have these entire areas surgically excised. Get an opinion from a surgeon. ...Read more
I have a vaginal sebaceous cyst that burst last night while I was asleep so I woke up, took a hot shower then let it drain. What do I do now?
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 had sebaceous cyst on vaginal lip taking medicine now and was cut open to drain. Now getting boils all over, why?
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
Infected sebaceous cyst on my jaw. Been on antib's a few days, but it has only gotten more red. It started leaking pus today. Do I need it drained?
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
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
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
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