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Dr. Glenn Messina
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It it dangerous when a ruptured sebaceous cyst turns back for almost 4 times even if I have made this removed since from 3rd time happened.

It it dangerous when a ruptured sebaceous cyst turns back for almost  4 times even if I have made this removed since from 3rd time happened.

Very common: Sebaceous cysts reoccur if the capsule they reside in is not removed completely I would see a general surgeon and have the entire cyst excised including the entire sac ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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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. Robert Grindstaff
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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 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 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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Dr. Dan Fisher
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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures?

It heals.: Contents spill out. Inflammation subsides. Cyst heals. Sometimes recurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Earl Ferguson
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Should you get a sebaceous cyst rupture on its own?

Should you get a sebaceous cyst rupture on its own?

Have it excised: If truly a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require incision and drainage by doctor. Once healed, have sac removed to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kulick
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Please tell me, could a sebaceous cyst rupture under the skin?

Yes!!: This can happen but world require some type of pressure or manipulation typically. These types of cysts grow slowly and are usually removed surgically. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Mele
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I had a sebaceous cyst rupture on my arm. Should i squeeze out what i can? Or simple leave it alone?

Warm compress: Applying a warm moist compress, a warm washcloth, to the area a few times a day can help your body expel any remaining debris. It should clear in a few days. If not, or if it becomes more swollen, red or painful, seek medical care. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Cohen
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I just had a sebaceous cyst on my breast rupture under my skin. Will i be ok?

I just had a sebaceous cyst on my breast rupture under my skin. Will i be ok?

Yes: Should heal uneventfully. Look for redness/infection and if so seek md care. If you do not get it excised it will likely recur. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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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?

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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Dr. Earl Ferguson
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How to stop a ruptured sebaceous cysts from smelling?

Should stop: If adequately drained by the rupture, it should no longer smell. If smell persists, the abscess is probably not completely drained. See your doctor for more formal incision and drainage to speed resolution. ...Read more

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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


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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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