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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Will a big, infected sebaceous cyst go away on its own?

Will a big, infected sebaceous cyst go away on its own?

No: It will eventually be a nasty mess of scar and perhaps chronic infection. Think about having surgery after it settles down. ...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


Dr. Frederick Coville
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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.

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: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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How long for infected sebaceous cyst to go away?

How long for infected sebaceous cyst to go away?

Not too long...: 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! ...Read more

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Dr. Glenn Messina
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Dr. Barry Cohen
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Why don't antibiotics work on infected sebaceous cyst?

Why don't antibiotics work on infected sebaceous cyst?

Needs drainage: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Colbert
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How long for infected sebaceous cyst on penis to go away?

Sebaceous cyst: 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. ;). ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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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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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Eric O'Neill
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My infected sebaceous cyst burst last night. I'm on antibiotics. Should i worry about the burning pain? It's pretty intense.

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

Abscess: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Epidermal Cyst (Definition)

An epidermal cyst is a collection of white cells and cellular debris that collects in the dermis and becomes walled off from the surrounding tissues. These can occasionally become infected. The best treatment is excision including the ...Read more


Dr. Asher Turney
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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


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