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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...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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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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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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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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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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24 hrs ago I started Cephalexin 10ml 3x a day (liquid) for infected sebaceous cyst on my breast. Its been making me nauseous & sour stomach. I've taken this exact med before for other things & it never caused nausea until now. How to stop the nausea?

24 hrs ago I started Cephalexin 10ml 3x a day (liquid) for infected sebaceous cyst on my breast. Its been making me nauseous & sour stomach. I've taken this exact med before for other things & it never caused nausea until now. How to stop the nausea?

Another cause?: As you have experienced before, cephalexin usually doesn't cause such symptoms. Most people tolerate it very well. So maybe it's not the cause? Try taking it with food, which will not interfere with absorption or effectiveness. Or ask your doctor or pharmacist about a different formulation, like capsules. Why are you taking the liquid form anyway? ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a sebaceous cyst on my scalp?

How can I get rid of a sebaceous cyst on my scalp?

Cut it out!: Sebaceous cysts are surgically removed. This allows for removal of the mass and the lining of the cyst to prevent recurrence. Infected cysts are lanced to drain the contents, but will often recur. If the lining is not removed after the infection has cleared, the lining cells often survive the infection and will form another cyst. ...Read more

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How to get rid of sebaceous cyst at the back but not infected.

How to get rid of sebaceous cyst at the back but not infected.

Multiple Options: You can go to a doctor and see the multiple options that are available. You can have it injected, an excision and drainage may also be available, a total excision, minimal excision, or laser. If it is bothering you, please go see a doctor and they can offer you some of these choices and see what works best for you :]. ...Read more

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I had two sebaceous cyst's removed from the front part of my scalp four days ago. One still has a small lump while the other is pretty much flat wwyd?

Swelling.: There are two reasons for this to occur. The first is swelling from the surgery which takes 2 weeks to resolve. The second is skin expansion when you had the cysts, if there were rather large then there would be significant skin expansion over the period the cysts were present. This takes longer to resolve and depends on your age and size of the cyst. ...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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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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Hi, I had a sebaceous cyst surgically removed 18 months ago. It left a red raised scar. It is now very painful, has the cyst come back? Or is scar infected?

Hi, I had a sebaceous cyst surgically removed 18 months ago. It left a red raised scar. It is now very painful, has the cyst come back? Or is scar infected?

All are possibile: Yes it could be a raised scar tissue (keloid) or some times they can recur, or infected fluid under the scar could be also strong possibility as it is 'now very painful' Best option see your doctor, if it is will drain it, possibly Rx antibiotics, then you will be fine. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation between a sebaceous cyst formation on the scalp and a brain tumor?

Is there any correlation between a sebaceous cyst formation on the scalp and a brain tumor?

No.: These are two very different diseases without any connection between the two. Sebaceous cysts arise from the oil glands next to hair follicles; brain tumors form deep to the skull. ...Read more

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I have 4 sebaceous cysts in my scalp, do I have to remove them? Will hair grow back if they are removed?

I have 4 sebaceous cysts in my scalp, do I have to remove them? Will hair grow back if they are removed?

Maybe: If it gets infected, painful, or bothers you than have it excised. If excised correctly it shouldn't effect your hair. ...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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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more