how to treat an infected sebaceous cyst

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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.

Will need treatment

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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
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Dr. Otto J. Placik answered:

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

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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.
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Why don't antibiotics work on infected sebaceous cyst?

Needs drainage

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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.
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Dr. Barry Press answered:

How long for infected sebaceous cyst to go away?

Not too long...

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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!
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Dr. Barry Cohen answered:

What would be the most effective remedy for cure an "open" infected sebaceous cyst?

Let it drain

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see a surgeon and possibly get it packed. may need antibiotics
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How long for infected sebaceous cyst on penis to go away?

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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. ;)
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Dr. Eric O'Neill answered:

My infected sebaceous cyst burst last night. I'm on antibiotics. Should I worry about the burning pain? It's pretty intense.

Abscess

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It sounds like the cyst became abscessed. Drainage is probably a good thing, but you may not be adequately draining. Warm compresses may help, and gentle pressure to get the infected material out. If that doesn't work, then you need to see your doctor, for possible surgical drainage.
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Dr. Curtis S. Wong answered:

Can there be a natural treatment for sebaceous cysts that works and is safe?

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There is no natural treatment that I am aware of. It is a cyst with a lining that must be removed in order to eradicate it. Simple squeezing will not resolve it as recurrences are high.
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Dr. G J. Funari answered:

How are sebaceous cysts treated? How are the average sebaceous cysts commonly treated? .

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Typically they are surgically removed and submitted for microscopic diagnosis by a specialist. Depending upon their location and size it may be done under local or general anesthesia.
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What are the symptoms of sebaceous cysts and tumour?

Skin lump, infection

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A sebaceous cyst is a firm round nodule deep in the skin which results from accumulated oil (or sebum). This is usually due to a minor injury to the skin. The cyst gradually gets larger and then, radomly, can become infected when germs find their way in and multiply in the old oil. This causes pain, redness and rapid enlargement and, eventually, rupture. Removal is best if definitely enlarging.
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