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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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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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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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How long for infected sebaceous cyst on penis to go away?

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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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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I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

I recently had an infected sebaceous cyst, the size of a golf ball, behind my right ear. Now there is rapid pulsating right above it. Should I worry?

Pulsations in a: Bal of tissue or an area where there was an infection could represent a vascular anomaly, This should be evaluated by a provider. Don't let this lay in wait for something to happen. GO and get seen ...Read more

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I was prescribed Bactrim (10 days) for an infected sebaceous cyst. I am on day 6 and no improvement. Should I be switched to a different antibiotic?

I was prescribed Bactrim (10 days) for an infected sebaceous cyst. I am on day 6 and no improvement. Should I be switched to a different antibiotic?

Yes: This time see if they can take a skin or wound culture to determine what best to treat your infection with. Or if the cyst needs to be surgically drained. You need to see a surgeon, or at minimun a health practioner who has training in surgery! ...Read more

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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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Infected Sebaceous Cyst won't drain. Doc lanced but still a huge lump. What's left inside? Will antibiotics be more effective post lancing?

Infected Sebaceous Cyst won't drain. Doc lanced but still a huge lump. What's left inside? Will antibiotics be more effective post lancing?

Clot: These cysts need complete excision removing the sebaceous material and the capsule as well or it will regrow. You are likely feeling a bit of clot under the skin., normal finding. If the cyst was removed in entirety no antibiotics are needed ...Read more

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After the drainage of an infected sebaceous cyst when I pulled out the packing I started bleeding and I had to have an artery stiched. Was it a negligence from the doctor that rather packed 5 feet of gauze strip in there than realizing an artery was rupt

After the drainage of an infected sebaceous cyst when I pulled out the packing I started bleeding and I had to have an artery stiched. Was it a negligence from the doctor that rather packed 5 feet of gauze strip in there than realizing an artery was rupt

Tough call: You may have been mistakenly managed.
I hope you are recovering OK.
If you have the courage to ask the doctor what went wrong, please do so.
If the response is poor please send a note to the senior doctor in the program.
If there is no such doctor report to Medicare or Medicaid. ...Read more

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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How to tell if this is a sebaceous cyst, infected pore, or something more serious?

How to tell if this is a sebaceous cyst, infected pore, or something more serious?

Cyst: Sebaceous cyst has grayish white paste like material when opened. Usually the covering membrane may need to be completely removed to avoid recurrence. Infected pore can present as a mini boil. This may require topical antibiotic. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...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