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Is a sebaceous cyst painful? Is it something that just stays there forever?

Is a sebaceous cyst painful? Is it something that just stays there forever?

Usually painless...: ...Unless getting infected which happens and should be operated on if no response to antibiotics or if antibiotics help, should be excised later. ...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


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I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

I've had a painful sebaceous cyst inside my armpit for 3 months now. It just recently ruptured & draining nonstop for 4 days straight, what can I do?

Let it stabilize: I'm sorry it ruptured. The keratin and/or sebum in the cyst promotes bacterial overgrowth and greatly interferes with healing. You should get with your physician now for possible antibiotic treatment; you may need surgery when things settle down. ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst, skene cyst or other kind of cyst? Itchy hard lump near clitoris. A little painful but not bad at all. Not different color.

Sebaceous cyst, skene cyst or other kind of cyst? Itchy hard lump near clitoris. A little painful but not bad at all. Not different color.

Possibly: This could be a cyst which may go away on it's own or may require treatment. Sitting in a warm bath can help it go down. If it doesn't resolve you should see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment and to make sure it's nothing more serious. ...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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Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Cyst: Always a good plan to seek medical evaluation and possible I&D of infected cyst of neck. Also PO antibiotics are a must. If truly infected than only drainage is possible. Than after healing re excision of the scar and lining of the cyst is needed to prevent recurrence... ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst or syphilis? Woke up with large closed lump on penis. It was painful to pop and blood came out. Looks like a chancre after being popped

Sebaceous cyst or syphilis? Woke up with large closed lump on penis. It was painful to pop and blood came out. Looks like a chancre after being popped

Abscess: Chancres don't pop and sebaceous cysts don't swell rapidly or hurt suddenly. Let's shower twice a day for a while and consider a god antibacterial soap. If this gets worse or starts to spread, get seen. ...Read more

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What if a sebaceous cyst ruptures inside the body? The cyst is soft but very painful- is it dangerous? Dr. put me on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 5 days ago. still painful

What if a sebaceous cyst ruptures inside the body? The cyst is soft but very painful- is it dangerous? Dr. put me on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) 5 days ago. still painful

Sebaceous cyst: A sebaceous cyst is contained in the skin. If it ruptures and is infected it may get worse The only way to completely get rid of it it needs to be completely excised. As a rule they are painful and a nuisance but not dangerous ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst on breast long time ago, Doctor said no harm. Lately got smaller and the area around it is red+painful.Possible?

Sebaceous cyst on breast long time ago, Doctor said no harm. Lately got smaller and the area around it is red+painful.Possible?

Cyst: It may be infected, Warm compresses may help but you need to have it checked as soon as possible. It may beed to be drained and sounds like you need antibiotics ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Drain contents: May need to drain the contents. Sometimes may also need to remove the protective membrane to avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to remove a sebaceous cyst or just unclog it?

Is it a good idea to remove a sebaceous cyst or just unclog it?

Depends,,,: If it is small, unclogging it can be done (like squeezing out a blackhead) but it will almost always recur, as the lining is intact. It may also become infected. Complete removal of the cyst and its lining will prevent recurrence but, of necessity, will leave a small scar. ...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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Does sebaceous cyst removal hurt?

Local Anesthesia: For patients undergoing sebeceous cyst removal we start with a local anesthetic cream, followed by a local anesthetic injection. This is very well tolerated. After surgery the majority of patients do not require any pain killers afterward, if they do tylenol (acetaminophen) is usually sufficient. ...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