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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

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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 had a sebaceous cyst removed from my neck 2 weeks ago. Underneath the incision it feels a little lumpy. Is it sutures? How long til it's flattens?

I had a sebaceous cyst removed from my neck 2 weeks ago. Underneath the incision it feels a little lumpy. Is it sutures? How long til it's flattens?

Ask the surgeon: There are probably sutures under the skin needing time to absorb. There is probably residual inflammation which will slowly subside.

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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.

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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.

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I have a sebaceous cyst on the back of my neck that is leaking a clear fluid that has a nasty smell. Is this normal?

I have a sebaceous cyst on the back of my neck that is leaking a clear fluid that has a nasty smell. Is this normal?

Yes: When get infected will have pain also, get it removed or drained a simple office procedure.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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