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I have a sebaceous cyst on my neck. It was operated in 2012 and a white substance was taken out but it has come back and is green now. What next?

I have a sebaceous cyst on my neck. It was operated in 2012 and a white substance was taken out but it has come back and is green now. What next?

Procedure not right: When they excised your cyst in 2012 they failed to remove the capsule and now it reformed again only it seems to be infected. Antibiotics and warm soaks until formal excision can be done ...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've had a sebaceous cyst on the back of my neck for a few years. Recently it changed from circular/hard to elongated/soft. Should I be concerned?

I've had a sebaceous cyst on the back of my neck for a few years. Recently it changed from circular/hard to elongated/soft. Should I be concerned?

Keep an eye on it: Probably no cause for concern but if it becomes red, sore or starts draining it could be infected. You could see your FP to get it removed before infection occurs. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has a sebaceous cyst on the back of his neck and its starting to hurt. He doesn't have insurance. How much do you think it will cost to get it removed?

My boyfriend has a sebaceous cyst on the back of his neck and its starting to hurt. He doesn't have insurance. How much do you think it will cost to get it removed?

Several hundred: A trip to an urgent care center will be less expensive than going to an er; try to find a public hospital if you go to an er. There are also free clinics- try to find one near you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son is 30 with no insurance. He has large sebaceous cyst right side of neck. I'm paying 148/150 cash for the removal. Need ballpark idea of cost p?

My son is 30 with no insurance. He has large sebaceous cyst right side of neck. I'm paying 148/150 cash for the removal. Need ballpark idea of cost p?

Large neck cyst: If you are just simply wanting it incised and drained (with the risk for recurrence), you can call doctors in your area and inform them of your budget and see if any will be able to accommodate you. If you want it removed, the fees are much higher as the procedure takes more time and precision and involves more risk. With obamacare, your son should be able to obtain insurance for this. ...Read more

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Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Do I need to go to the doctor to drain an unsightly, painful sebaceous cyst on my neck? It won't pop and I see white pus inside.

Cyst: Always a good plan to seek medical evaluation and possible I&D of infected cyst of neck. Also PO antibiotics are a must. If truly infected than only drainage is possible. Than after healing re excision of the scar and lining of the cyst is needed to prevent recurrence... ...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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What can I do to relieve and/ or lessen the redness of my sebaceous cysts on my face and neck while I await my appointment with my dermatologist next week?

What can I do to relieve and/ or lessen the redness of my sebaceous cysts on my face and neck while I await my appointment with my dermatologist next week?

Don't touch: First, just like your mom said, "don't touch that." she was right about this one. Things that can decrease inflammation include elevation, (sleeping with head up), anti-inflammatory creams, etc;. Before you do anything, check with your doctor. For example, he/she may want you off of any Aspirin or ibufrofen products if they are going to take it out. ...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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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?

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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Sebaceous Cyst (Definition)

Sebaceous cyst develop when the drainage is blocked and then it keep enlarging due to sebum forming. It may ...Read more