is it okay to burst a sebaceous cyst

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Dr. Otto J. Placik answered:

Is it okay to burst a sebaceous cyst?

Not advised

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This is generally recommended because it could lead to infection or make surgical removal more difficult.
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My infected sebaceous cyst burst last night. I'm on antibiotics. Should I worry about the burning pain? It's pretty intense.

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It sounds like the cyst became abscessed. Drainage is probably a good thing, but you may not be adequately draining. Warm compresses may help, and gentle pressure to get the infected material out. If that doesn't work, then you need to see your doctor, for possible surgical drainage.
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I have a vaginal sebaceous cyst that burst last night while I was asleep so I woke up, took a hot shower then let it drain. What do I do now?

Wait

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It may resolve itself, keep clean and with antibiotic ointment on area. But if recurs see gyn promptly.
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have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Generally yes

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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
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Does sebaceous cyst removal hurt?

Local Anesthesia

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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 is usually sufficient.
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Sebaceous cyst inflamed dangerous?

No

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If it does not drain by itself you may be able to squeeze it out. Your DR can open & drain it if needed. An antibiotic is of no value unless there is spreading infection. It does not matter what you put on it.
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What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

See your doctor

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It should be opened and drained, especially if it shows any signs of infection (tenderness, draining, heat). If it's not draining or painful and you don't mind the look of it it can be watched (if indeed this is a correct diagnosis).
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Does a sebaceous cyst drain itself?

It can

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If a sebaceous cyst, also known as an epidermal inclusion cyst, becomes inflamed enough it will drain on its own. They can be painful if inflamed. Do not try to squeeze it. If you want it removed, see your dermatologist as it is a routine surgical procedure.
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Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

Yes and no

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A sebaceous cyst by itself is not going to kill you, but should it get infected very badly, it can lead to sepsis, which in turn can lead to death. Good luck from NYC.
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