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My sebaceous cyst (ear lobe) has become inflamed in the middle of a course of antibiotics. Is this normal and will the antibiotics get rid of the cyst?

My sebaceous cyst (ear lobe) has become inflamed in the middle of a course of antibiotics. Is this normal and will the antibiotics get rid of the cyst?

Sebaceous cyst: Most sebaceous are without issue but if you start to have a flare up i would recommend going to see a physicians as it may need drainage due to trapped infection. A sebaceous cyst is usually just trapped oil that usually would lubricate a hair follicle. They can be really painful and drainage may help the pain resolve faster. Often there is bacteria trapped w/in cyst and the antibiotics can't work. ...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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My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

My gp prescribed me antibios for abscess/sebaceous cyst behind ear now I have a large boil like lump on neck. What does this mean?

See a dermatologist: You may have an enlarged lymph node as reaction to an inflamed cyst. Antibiotic therapy may not be effective, drainage or removal of the cyst may be the best treatment. First get an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

I recently lightened my hair and developed a bump behind my left ear and an increased size in a sebaceous cyst in my right ear lobe. Bleach allergy?

Irritant?: More likely an irritant reaction or less likely infection from the material you used for the bleaching . An allergic reaction usually occurs from 1-3 days after the contact and is usually itchy. ...Read more

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What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

What happens if I leave a sebaceous cyst in my earlobe?

Infection: It can get bigger and become painful. There is also a chance that a cyst could get infected and the removing it can become a bigger problem. ...Read more

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What makes a 10 year old sebaceous cyst form a head and pop and how long does it take to heal? How should I care for it during the healing process ?

What makes a 10 year old sebaceous cyst form a head and pop and how long does it take to heal? How should I care for it during the healing process ?

It will regrow: Seabum is constantly produced from glands at the hair follicle when the outlet is clogged the sebum builds . It may or may not rupture but when it does you should see a doctor. Till then warm soaks keep it clean put on a bandage. If it heals you can be sure it will grow again because the sac that surrounds it is still there as is the cause. Real treatment removes the cyst and the sac ...Read more

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What to do for pain after having a sebaceous cyst removed from back of head?

What to do for pain after having a sebaceous cyst removed from back of head?

Call the surgeon: There is always some pain/dicomfort after a sugical procedure and the doc who did your surgery should be best person to manage your pain--he/she knows what was done. It is expected that you will have some pain, but if it is excessive or worsening, consult doc for eval as there is chance of infection etc...Tylenol/motrin may help ease the discomfort untill seen by doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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10 days ago had a sebaceous cyst removed from head. Dissolving stitches- very tender spot on one side next to stitches- is this normal?

10 days ago had a sebaceous cyst removed from head. Dissolving stitches- very tender spot on one side next to stitches- is this normal?

Post op pain: most likely a normal part of the healing process. If not improved with over the countret advilor aleve- call the doctor who performed the surgery. ...Read more

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My wife age 31is diagosed sebaceous cyst on left occipetal bone,at back of head.dr. Said only solution is excision. Plz advise. Regards?

My wife age 31is diagosed sebaceous cyst on left occipetal bone,at back of head.dr. Said only solution is excision. Plz advise. Regards?

Correct advice: It is not an urgent matter, however, if the cyst is bothersome, the only reliable way to get rid of it is by surgical excision. It could be done under local anesthesia and it not a dangerous operation. Wish you and your wife good health. ...Read more

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Recurring sebaceous cyst in earlobe. Why is my brother's doctor saying surgery to remove earlobe and not just the cyst and the sac of the cyst?

Recurring sebaceous cyst in earlobe. Why is my brother's doctor saying surgery to remove earlobe and not just the cyst and the sac of the cyst?

Ear Lobe Cyst: I don't know the specifics of this problem, the size of the cyst, nor what the ear lobe looks like. But if the size and shape of the ear lobe appears relatively normal, then it would seem appropriate to remove the cyst with preservation of as much of the ear lobe as possible. ...Read more

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How do they remove sebaceous cyst from head?

How do they remove sebaceous cyst from head?

Surgical excision: Sebaceous cysts have to be completely removed so they don't come back. ...Read more

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What do you need to do when a sebaceous cyst on your head opens up and oozes.

What do you need to do when a sebaceous cyst on your head opens up  and oozes.

Nothing, really.: That's the best thing that can really happen to a sebaceous cyst, as it drains and then involutes. You may want to just apply some antibiotic ointment to it once nightly for a while just to prevent infection of the open skin. ...Read more

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Mom has painless lump on her head for long. Gp told her it tumor. Is tumor easily detectable without test.Can it be sebaceous cyst? She has dandruff.

Multiple causes: Lumps under the skin in the scalp can have multiple causes including pilar cysts, sebaceous or epidermal inclusion cysts, lipomas, lymph nodes or other growth. You often cannot be certain what it is without taking a sample. Have the area evaluated by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist for removal and analysis by a dermatopathologist. ...Read more

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I have 2 sebaceous cysts on my neck they come and go, Dr said it's not a problem a third one just popped on my ear lobe. Is it my immunity or genes ?

I have 2 sebaceous cysts on my neck they come and go, Dr said it's not a problem a third one just popped on my ear lobe. Is it my immunity or genes ?

Neither: Your immunity is fine and sebaceous cysts aren't a hereditary disorder, many people get them, ask your doctor about surgical removal and possibly tissue pathology examination, if your doctor thinks it's important, otherwise don't worry ...Read more

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What causes recurring sebaceous cysts on my head?

Sebaceous Cysts: Sebaceous cysts are collections of sebum that occur within a gland. They can be walled (completely within the gland) or ruptured (when the gland pops). Sometimes they will drain spontaneously, are lanced or are surgically removed. Surgical removal is the best way to prevent recurrence. Some people are prone to these and will form multiple sebaceous cysts. The scalp is a common area for this. ...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