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Doctor insights on: Sabaceous Cysts

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Is it best to have a sabaceous cyst cut out before or after infection?

Is it best to have a sabaceous cyst cut out before or after infection?

Before gets infected: Removing the cyst before it gets infected, infected large cysts more often drained and removed after infection subsides. ...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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I have sabaceous cyst on my chest it's 1.5 inches above both breasts I'm a female 36 yrs what should I do?

I have sabaceous cyst on my chest it's 1.5 inches above both breasts I'm a female 36 yrs what should I do?

Depends: How do you know it is a sebaceous cyst? If it is a sebaceous cyst and it is not a bothering you cosmetically, you may leave it alone. If it enlarges, gets inflamed or develops a discharge, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I've a pea size sabaceous cyst on the edge of my penis, dr. Have suggested me excision, is there any risk in it? Can it cause any problem in future?

I've a pea size sabaceous cyst on the edge of my penis, dr. Have suggested me excision, is there any risk in it? Can it cause any problem in future?

Near zero risk: If done correctly there is virtually no risk. It could be done under local anesthesia.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I just squeezed a black muddy liquid out of my sabaceous cyst which is locatesd on my neck now that it is smaller I feel it leaking in my skin?

I just squeezed a black muddy liquid out of my sabaceous cyst which is locatesd on my neck now that it is smaller I feel it leaking in my skin?

Sebaceous cyst: The cyst could be sebaceous cyst or follicular cyst. If keeps draining and any signs of infection may need antibiotic and complete removal of the cyst is the definitive treatment. ...Read more

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I removed a sabaceous cyst on penis by compressing a warm towl on it, and its left a purple scar? Any home remedies for it and is it dangerous?

I removed a sabaceous cyst on penis by compressing a warm towl on it, and its left a purple scar? Any home remedies for it and is it dangerous?

Not to worry: This is normal as compressing the syst may have led to a little bleeding under the skin. If it is not gone in 10 days consult your Dr.
Do not panic, please ...Read more

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Does amoxicillin with clavulanic acid cure sabaceous cyst behind ear? Iv been prescribed by my doc. Clavam 625 twice a day for 3 days.

Does amoxicillin with clavulanic acid cure sabaceous cyst behind ear? Iv been prescribed by my doc. Clavam 625 twice a day for 3 days.

Maybe: The antibiotic will only be effective if there is infection. Cysts are usually drained and antibiotics are reserved for a subsequent infection, should one develop. ...Read more

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Why have I been prescribed erythromycin tablets and fucidin cream, if it will not cure a sabaceous cyst?

Why have I been prescribed erythromycin tablets and fucidin cream, if it will not cure a sabaceous cyst?

Doctor's decisions: Sometimes a doctor may feel that they can 'get away' with one path of treatment rather than another, perhaps more invasive pathway. For ex., to cut out this cyst might be the most direct thing to do, yet it involves preparing for a small surgery, having you sign a consent form, getting the anesthetic ready etc.-Whereas just prescribing some meds would be an easier route, and 'might' work/might not ...Read more

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Do sebaceous cysts go away by themselves?

Do sebaceous cysts go away by themselves?

Rarely: Thy may go up and down in size or rupture and drain. .. but until they are removed they rarely go away. ...Read more

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Who can help me about the sebaceous cysts?

Who can help me about the sebaceous cysts?

A minor surgery: These are usually treated with a minor surgery, where the cyst and its entire lining, are removed. This is typically done under local anesthesia. ...Read more

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How can I remove a sebaceous cysts at home?

How can I remove a sebaceous cysts at home?

No: Removal of a sebaceous cyst requires a small surgical procedure. While it can be done easily in a office setting with the right instruments, it is not something you can do yourself at home. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about sebaceous cysts?

What do I need to know about sebaceous cysts?

Common: Common benign skin mass/tumor. Risk of infection is high, but can be reduced if surgically removed. In some cases can be done under local anesthesia, in children under general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Is there anything I could do about sebaceous cysts?

Is there anything I could do about sebaceous cysts?

Surgical excision..: Sebaceous cysts are generally not problematic until it is infected. Many people have them and as long as they are not bothering you, you actually don't have to do anything. If they get recurrent infection or if the large size/location is bothering you, surgical excision is you only real option to get rid of it. Consult doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are ways to stop my sebaceous cysts from growing?

What are ways to stop my sebaceous cysts from growing?

No sure fire cure: Some feel oral retinoids may help decrease this activity but they are not generally used for this purpose. Probably the same is true or even less likely for topical retinoids which ar unlikely to penetrate to the deep dermis where they occur. ...Read more

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Will these sebaceous cysts be fine if left to heal naturally?

Will these sebaceous cysts be fine if left to heal naturally?

Cysts: Sebaceous cyst will generally not heal naturally. They tend to go through cycles of inflammation and infection that may settle down by themselves or require drainage by a physician. I have seen some grow over time to size of golf balls. Best to have them removed by a reputable surgeon. ...Read more

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What causes sebaceous cysts or how can you keep from getting them.

Depends: Sebaceous cyst is an old term still used by drs who know little about them. Are they acne cysts? Tricholemmomas? The most common are intradermal inclusion cysts. Can occur almost anywhere, most often scalp, back, buttocks. May be multiple. Strong genetic factor. Not you fault. Easily removed by dermatolopgist or surgeon. ...Read more

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How are sebaceous cysts treated? How are the average sebaceous cysts commonly treated? .

How are sebaceous cysts treated? How are the average sebaceous cysts commonly treated? .

Typically: Typically they are surgically removed and submitted for microscopic diagnosis by a specialist. Depending upon their location and size it may be done under local or general anesthesia. ...Read more

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Can sebaceous cysts bleed?

Can sebaceous cysts bleed?

Unusual: Can bleed if the infection ruptures thru skin but you may want to have it seen to make sure it is just a cyst. If so, a surgeon can excise it for you ...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 inflamed dangerous?

Not really but..: Abx will NOT cure a sebaceous cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected.. ... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched. ...Read more

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What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

What can I do for a sebaceous cyst?

See your doctor: 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). ...Read more

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Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

Yes and no: 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. ...Read more

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How can I deal with sebaceous cyst?

How can I deal with sebaceous cyst?

Excision: To simply open the cyst and pull out the sebum is not adequate You have to remove the cyst its casing and the sebaceous gland and duct. If not the cyst will return ...Read more

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How long will a sebaceous cyst heal?

How long will a sebaceous cyst heal?

After surgery.: 2 weeks on body or scalp. 1 week on face. Also size dependent. ...Read more

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What does a sebaceous cyst look like?

What does a sebaceous cyst look like?

Outgrowths: They appear as growths from the skin surface and may feel soft or hard. Sometimes they may already be draining whitish material which is tooth paste consistency and may have an odor. ...Read more

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How can I test sebaceous cyst at home?

How can I test sebaceous cyst at home?

Well...: Not sure of your question but your doctor will be able to tell you if it's a sebaceous cyst. ...Read more

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Sebaceous cyst will it pop on its own?

Sebaceous cyst will it pop on its own?

Depends: Abx will NOT cure a sebaceous cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected.. ... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched. ...Read more

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How can I treat sebaceous cyst at home?

How can I treat sebaceous cyst at home?

Cant: To simply open and drain it is not adequate it will grow back It must be excised and the sac its in removed as well ...Read more

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What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the causes of a sebaceous cyst?

Deep trapped skin...: They are caused by skin surface cells trapped beneath the skin's surface, usually due to minor trauma. These cells continually shed, increasing the size of the cyst (more accurately an epithelial inclusion cyst.) removal is generally a minor surgical procedure, but requires total removal of the cyst wall to prevent recurrence of the cyst. ...Read more

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Can getting a sebaceous cyst removed hurt?

Minor procedure: Really, the only part that smarts a little is the injection of the Lidocaine to numb the area. Once that's done, the cyst can be removed painlessly. Recovery is not painful either. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

What are the symptoms of a sebaceous cyst?

Mobile mass attached: Sebaceous cysts originate within the skin and are therefore attached over the mass. There is a layer of fat underneath the cyst that makes them movable. If the cyst ruptures under the skin, scar tissue forms and can initiate an inflammatory response. This will reduce their mobility and make them more difficult to remove. ...Read more

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Is ok to swim in pool with sebaceous cyst?

Is ok to swim in pool with sebaceous cyst?

Yes if not infected: The majority of sebaceous cysts are not infected and are stable lumps under the skin. If your cyst is acutely infected and draining, I would not advise swimming in a public pool. ...Read more