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I think I have a sebaceous cyst with stuff in it? Should I squeeze everything out?

I think I have a sebaceous cyst with stuff in it?  Should I squeeze everything out?

No. Could get infect: Despite popular videos on the youtube, i would advise that you don't do this because you could get it infected, causing a bigger problem and scar. Seek treatment by a physician. ...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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I had a sebaceous cyst rupture on my arm. Should i squeeze out what i can? Or simple leave it alone?

I had a sebaceous cyst rupture on my arm.  Should i squeeze out what i can? Or simple leave it alone?

Warm compress: Applying a warm moist compress, a warm washcloth, to the area a few times a day can help your body expel any remaining debris. It should clear in a few days. If not, or if it becomes more swollen, red or painful, seek medical care. ...Read more

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I pierced a sebaceous cyst on my face. I squeezed gunk out but now i'm left with a smaller lump with a deep hole which not heal over. Help please?

I pierced a sebaceous cyst on my face. I squeezed gunk out but now i'm left with a smaller lump with a deep hole which not heal over. Help please?

Sebaceous cyst: You need to see your dermatologist. When a cyst is well formed, it will not go away by squeezing it. The contents may be expressed but the epithelial sac will still be present in the skin. The cyst will reaccumulate. The sac needs to be removed by your doctor. Often the cyst needs to be excised. ...Read more

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I think I have a sebaceous cyst on my outer vaginal lip. What to do?

I think I have a sebaceous cyst on my outer vaginal lip. What to do?

See gyne MD: The first thing is to establish a definitive diagnosis. It is more common to have a cyst along the inner lips near the vaginal entrance. It is less common to have one of the outer lips and so it would be best to see a doctor to make a diagnosis which may require aspiration, culture, and/or biopsy. ...Read more

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Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Generally yes: In most instances you should have these removed because removal after infection may be very difficult. However a few patients may have a large number of these which makes removal impractical. ...Read more

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Any ideas why is it that I have a sebaceous cyst on my part?

Any ideas why is it that I have a sebaceous cyst on my part?

Many places.: Sebaceous cysts can form anyplace there are sebaceous glands - i.e. The skin. They can form deep to the skin after an injury, especially crush injuries. ...Read more

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If you have a sebaceous cyst what would your doctor do for it?

If you have a sebaceous cyst what would your doctor do for it?

Watch or excise: Depends on location, size and how troubling. ...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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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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How much school should I miss to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

How much school should I miss to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

IF YOU TIME IT RIGHT: And depending on the size and whether infected or not , none or a day at the most. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am supposed to miss a week of school to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

How to tell if I am supposed to miss a week of school to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Not usually: Most sebaceous cysts are small, and are removed under local anesthesia. Typically, you would go back to school the next day. Your surgeon might want you to take it easy on the physical activities, though. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst in my pubic area i think and it hurts really bad, is it a way to remove it at home or treat it?

I have a sebaceous cyst in my pubic area i think and it hurts really bad, is it a way to remove it at home or treat it?

Probably not: You could try some warm compresses but true sebaceous cysts require surgical excision. They are usually not painful unless they are becoming infected. You may need to see a physician. ...Read more

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How much will it cost to have a sebaceous cyst removed from my forehead ?

How much will it cost to have a sebaceous cyst removed from my forehead ?

Hard to say : I remove these and your insurance may cover it, but it might consider it cosmetic. Get your doctor to find out if your insurance will cover it. If it does not, you may be able to get your doctor to give you a price. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst on my neck. It was operated in 2012 and a white substance was taken out but it has come back and is green now. What next?

Procedure not right: When they excised your cyst in 2012 they failed to remove the capsule and now it reformed again only it seems to be infected. Antibiotics and warm soaks until formal excision can be done ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst that was infected months agos and the doctor cut it.. now it's bothering me again and it's red! What can I do??

I have a sebaceous cyst that was infected months agos and the doctor cut it.. now it's bothering me again and it's red! What can I do??

Recheck w/ doctor: Contact the doctor who drained it last time. Maybe it needs somewhat more extensive (but still minor) surgery to remove the cyst instead of just draining it. ...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