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I have a red hard bump on my chest, very painful. Thinking it's a sebaceous cyst. Should I have it lanced?

I have a red hard bump on my chest, very painful. Thinking it's a sebaceous cyst. Should I have it lanced?

RED HARD BUMP CHEST: Don't be a doctor! See a doctor! If it's a sebaceous cyst, a dermatologist will be the one to see. Don't tarry. ...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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Can an infected sebaceous cyst drain on its own? I have one on my chest but when I touch the skin now, I cannot feel any bump underneath anymore.

Can an infected sebaceous cyst drain on its own? I have one on my chest but when I touch the skin now, I cannot feel any bump underneath anymore.

Resolve don't drain: Sebaceous cysts do not disappear on their own but infected cysts may resolve giving you the impression that the cyst diaappeared what it has only gotten smaller. If it were to truly drain it would obviously open with pus and a typically foul smelling drainage. ...Read more

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Hi I have sebaceous cyst around chest area. After some research, I applied aloe vera gel for few days. Now it has become little swelling. Continue?

Hi I have sebaceous cyst around chest area. After some research, I applied aloe vera gel for few days. Now it has become little swelling. Continue?

Sebaceous cysts: Will not typically go away on their own. To remove them I recommend shrinking them in size using intralesional cortisone and then cutting them out with punch excision. Putting topical on them will not help and can irritate, Hope that helps ...Read more

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I have an inflamed sebaceous cyst on my back and am supposed to be out in the woods, what should I do if it starts draining while I'm away?

I have an inflamed sebaceous cyst on my back and am supposed to be out in the woods, what should I do if it starts draining while I'm away?

Keep the area: Covered and clean. Apply double antibiotic ointment to it twice a day if it opens and drains. IIf it becomes infected-increased swelling, redness, pain, warmth-see a Dr as soon as you return ...Read more

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I'm 13 and I noticed that there was a pre-auricular pit on the crus of my helix. Could that have caused my sebaceous cyst?

I'm 13 and I noticed that there was a pre-auricular pit on the crus of my helix. Could that have caused my sebaceous cyst?

Related to pit: A preauricular pit is part of a range of congenital conditions that are related to embryological development of the first and second branchial clefts. They can range from small "pits" or dimples to longer tracts known as "sinuses" or to abnormal communications called "fistulas" when these longer passages get " pinched off" or occluded, they can form a cyst which looks like a sebaceous cyst ...Read more

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I have a reacurring sebaceous cyst on my tailbone and I'm 5 wks prgnt. I'm concerned about infection to my baby. How urgent is it for me to be seen?

I have a reacurring sebaceous cyst on my tailbone and I'm 5 wks prgnt. I'm concerned about infection to my baby. How urgent is it for me to be seen?

See you doctor soon: It may not be a sebaceous cyst, most likely it is pilonidal cyst, Infection may cause complications, even in pregnancy infection (pus) can be drained under local anesthesia. Speak to your OB doctor ...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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Can you die from a sebaceous cyst?

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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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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Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Sebaceous cyst just internally popped. Now what?

Drain contents: May need to drain the contents. Sometimes may also need to remove the protective membrane to avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for sebaceous cyst?

Is there a cure for sebaceous cyst?

Excision: Sebaceous cysts can be easily removed with a minor surgical excision. ...Read more

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What causes rid of a sebaceous cyst?

Sebaceous Cyst: Sebaceous cysts almost always require surgical excision to cure them. Many form and do not cause problems and therefore require no treatment. ...Read more

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Is it okay to burst a sebaceous cyst?

Not advised: This is generally recommended because it could lead to infection or make surgical removal more difficult. ...Read more

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I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding.?

I have a sebaceous cyst that is bleeding.?

Cyst: Sebacious cysts usually don't bleed. They are filled with cheese like material that occasionally can get infected and turns into pus. If it is bleeding, it needs to be examined as there may be something else going on. Pressure to the cyst for the time being may help stop it, but seek medical attention promptly. ...Read more

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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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What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures??

What happens when a sebaceous cyst ruptures??

Depends: If it ruptures internally, it causes an inflammatory reaction. If it ruptures to the outside through a small opening the contents may dry up and grow like a horn, albeit very slowly, The rupture may allow the lesion to heal also.
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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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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Could castor oil remove a sebaceous cyst?

Could castor oil remove a sebaceous cyst?

Of course not: This stuff is promoted on websites targeting very gullible people. I trust you saw through it. ...Read more

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Is self removal of a sebaceous cyst on penis possible?

Is self removal of a sebaceous cyst on penis possible?

No: Just like any real surgery, you should see a professional to minimize complications. As the saying goes, "don't try this at home, folks! ". ...Read more

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Can a sebaceous cyst be removed above somebody's eyebrow?

Can a sebaceous cyst be removed above somebody's eyebrow?

Yes: Lesions above the brow can be removed for diagnostic or cosmetic purposes. This is generally done by a plastic surgeon, or oculoplastic surgeon if one is available in your area. It would be outpatient surgery. Pathology results would likely be available within a week. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I get sebaceous cyst on my vagina?

Should I be worried if I get sebaceous cyst on my vagina?

No: If it is a sebaceous cyst, it is not anything to be concerned about, unless it ruptures or gets infected. You should discuss it with your doctor at the next visit to ascertain if it needs to be removed.
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, if have sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to die from a sebaceous cyst on your vagina?

Is it possible to die from a sebaceous cyst on your vagina?

Very unlikely: Very unlikely. Possibly if you let it become infected and do not treat and then the infection becomes systermic. ...Read more

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If you have a sebaceous cyst what would your doctor do for it?

Watch or excise: Depends on location, size and how troubling. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a sebaceous cyst rupture under the skin?

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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Should I get a second surgery for a sebaceous cyst inner thigh?

Should I get a second surgery for a sebaceous cyst inner thigh?

Yes: If it bothers you then have it excised. Recurrence happens, but is unusual if the entire cyst is removed. ...Read more

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How long does the sore last after a sebaceous cyst has been removed?

How long does the sore last after a sebaceous cyst has been removed?

Time to Heal: If your cyst was completely removed, it would have been sutured and would heal in days. If your cyst was incised and drained, wound care would be required and it would be expected to heal in a few weeks. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor do I need to see to get a sebaceous cyst removed?

Sebaceous cyst: Most doctors can remove the cyst. If it's in a cosmetically sensitive area (face, eyes) the go to a plastic surgeon. ...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