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.
Infected? 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.
Surgery... This is a straightforward office procedure that can be done by a plastic surgeon with local anesthesia. It is important to remove the entire wall of the cyst or it may recur.

Related Questions

How much school should I miss to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

IF YOU TIME IT RIGHT. And depending on the size and whether infected or not, none or a day at the most.

How to tell if I am supposed to miss a week of school to have a sebaceous cyst removed?

Not usually. Most sebaceous cysts are small, and are removed under local anesthesia. Typically, you would go back to school the next day. Your surgeon might want you to take it easy on the physical activities, though.

How much will it cost to have a sebaceous cyst removed from my forehead?

Hard to say. I remove these and your insurance may cover it, but it might consider it cosmetic. Get your doctor to find out if your insurance will cover it. If it does not, you may be able to get your doctor to give you a price.

Should I have the sebaceous cyst removed from my one year old son's nose? Or wait?

Cyst. It is important to see the lesion to provide appropriate recommendation. It could be cyst or even a dermoid. Please provide more information. Cysts that are not infected may resolve without treatment although they may re-occur.

Can getting a sebaceous cyst removed hurt?

Nope! Local anesthesia (a small needle stick is all that is needed) makes this completely painless, and the post-removal discomfort is very mild--tylenol is all that is usually needed. If the cyst is infected, antibiotics may also be prescribed.
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.