Previously a small sebaceous cyst (had been under the skin for about 6 months), has now become inflamed (but not particularly large, perhaps the size of a large pea) and over the last 24 hours has come to a head.Open and drain carefully as you would with a normal boil at home? Shower, cover with gauze, keep clean, etc?Or is this an extremely different situation?Thanks!
Person's Age: 29
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How should it be treated
Oh, I see. Why? What will happen if I attempt to drain it?
Ah, so I have to be cut?
It has come to a head and is ready to drain any time by itself. What to do if it does?
Is it also possible that if that happens, it could drain completely on its own and heal?
Ok, no squeezing or?
Once it's open I mean. I won't open it.
Okay great. And if that does happen, and it does drain what looks like completely, I can delay the excision of the cyst walls for a little while?
Yes I do understand. How long would it take to recur? Thanks so far!
The infection would resolve, or no? Would it refill with pus, or with keratin fluid etc?
I assume the actual infection would resolve if it did drain. No I will not squeeze it unless it opens.
I'm mostly curious of the infection would resolve if it drained on its own at home. If the cyst refills but the infection is no longer present, that's okay, I'll get it excised this week. If the infection would NOT resolve, that's quite different.
Well it's a cyst that has become infected, it's red and has a large white head
but they can become infected yes
this one seems to have :)
It is painful and red. ;)
So will the infection resolve once it drains like a boil would?
But antibiotics isn't totally necessary and draining should do the trick in most cases right?
Thanks for your patience :)
So draining the infected cyst would NOT relieve the infection like a boil?
I see.. is that rare, or likely?
So draining it at home like a boil will not work.
it wont work, hence i would recommend visiting your doctor.
please feel free to ask if you have any queries.
ok thank you
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