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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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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

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