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sebaceous cyst popped - now what?

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pugsandseals Mon 03-Dec-12 20:45:47

Been on antibiotics in the hope this infected cyst will go down on it's own, but after a prod by the doctor, a few hours ago we have a gushing mess. For now I have a whole which keeps leaking, covered with an iodine patch & dressing. Is there anything else I can do to help it mend quicker? It is right where my bra would sit under my boob so it needs to go quickly so I can get back to wearing a bra again - my G cups are making my shoulders hurt!

Snowfire Mon 03-Dec-12 22:55:54

I would go back to your GP, if it's a deep hole, they may be able to pack the wound with a special dressing to help it heal properly without becoming reinfected.
Hope you get it sorted soon, sounds sore!

VivaLeBeaver Mon 03-Dec-12 22:59:18


Photo, good squeeze, more photos.

Seriously with cysts don't you have to get the cyst sack out to get rid of the cyst? If you don't it will just refill.

puds11isNAUGHTYnotNAICE Mon 03-Dec-12 23:00:10

Good call viva

MimsyBorogroves Mon 03-Dec-12 23:02:19

Yes, go for the sac.

Also, more description of the bursting needed. Please.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 03-Dec-12 23:05:52

Personally, I'd get tweezers in there and root about for the sac. There are DIY tutorial videos on YouTube to show you ow to do this. Then slap a load of detail on.

VivaLeBeaver Mon 03-Dec-12 23:06:33


Though, we'd like details (and photos) as well.

Someone get Stratters.

BRANdishingMistletoe Mon 03-Dec-12 23:13:32

In the meantime it would probably be a good idea to but some soft bras without underwire and with a deep band around the chest so it doesn't cut in.

You will need to get the sac out, in the position that it's in you don't want it coming back. If your GP can't refer you then DIY (with lots of anti-septic) is probably better than nothing. There are plenty of weirdos MNetters with an interest in this sort of thing, I'm sure one of them would be delighted to give you a hand. wink

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Mon 03-Dec-12 23:43:43

I had one that had to be redressed by a nurse every other day for a few weeks. They packed it to start with then it got less and less

pugsandseals Mon 03-Dec-12 23:45:55

GP has already referred me, but I'm thinking it could be months before I get surgery. Just constant discharge, mainly clear but some blood mixed in. GP measured it at 5"x3" this morning & it had already gone down a lot! Just the thought of possibly having an open wound for months makes me feel physically sick :-( but really want to leave it alone & not pick at it so not to make the hole bigger!
Is Dettol better than iodine strips then?

VivaLeBeaver Tue 04-Dec-12 16:25:51

Go back to the GP. Or at least ring and leave a message.

I'm guessing when he referred you it wasn't an open wound, so maybe he will need to do a more urgent referral now?

pugsandseals Tue 04-Dec-12 17:38:31

I'm actually quite impressed with how it looks. It's only seeping clear puss & looks like it's trying to form a scab already. None of the yucky thick goo that I would associate with a sebaceous cyst & at least the pain is all but gone! Just itches now which I think is it trying to heal itself. Will see how it is in a couple of days.

pugsandseals Tue 04-Dec-12 23:09:07

Ok, maybe I spoke too soon. It's still kind of bursting again every few hours & completely soaks through the dressing. Can't work out if this is normal part of the process or not! So I'll be off back to the doctors in the morning to see if it needs properly draining to get rid of the infection. Still don't know if I'm just expecting a much quicker recovery period than I should!

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Tue 04-Dec-12 23:14:19

Mine took weeks to recover, they did refer me to have it properly removed but I wuss'd out! To be fair, touch wood, alls good

tara277 Wed 05-Dec-12 01:30:23

Congratulations on the eruption! I had one a while back and dr advised dressing with magnesium sulphate paste which hurt but apparently helps draw out all the infection. They can make you feel rough - hope youmfeel better soon.

pugsandseals Wed 05-Dec-12 16:52:58

Just back from my appointment with the nurse drags heels looking embarrassed who decided there was much more thick oozy gunk to come out & spent an enjoyable (excruciatingly painful for me) 15 minutes squeezing filling at least 6 swabs!!! I now have to go back every day until it's all out :-( - feeling very sorry for myself, but happy that she is confident it will heal after that. Will be so glad to see the end of it though!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 05-Dec-12 17:09:44

God that nurse is lucky.

ilikefestivitea Wed 05-Dec-12 17:15:03

That's one lucky nurse...

pugsandseals Wed 05-Dec-12 18:03:59

Why thanks for the sympathy guys!

parsnipcake Wed 05-Dec-12 18:12:25

My mouth is just watering. I never get good pus, though my teens let me squeeze their spots for a treat.

bigbuttons Wed 05-Dec-12 18:18:15

I love pus. Haven't been near a decent spot for ages.
I had a boil on my shin last year, even that had hardly any pus. Am liking the sound of your cyst opblush

<wonders if it's too late to retrain as a specialist spot squeezing nurse>

Jestrin Mon 10-Dec-12 21:18:37

I'm glad it's not just me who enjoys a good squeeze! smile

Hopengloooooooooooooooria Mon 10-Dec-12 21:25:21

Oh, I nearly missed this. We'll wait for more updates grin

pugsandseals Fri 21-Dec-12 23:46:50

Well after several more trips to the nurse, she is now happy it is completely clean & has been packing it with silver every couple of days so it heals 'inside out' not 'outside in' (does that make any sense?). It was originally a big crater the size of a walnut, but is now only the size of a pea. My nurse has been absolutely fantastic & my only big problem now is having to wait to wear a proper bra again.(impatient me???) Although I have to admit that my GENIE BRA discovery has been an absolute lifesaver! Never, ever imagined that I would need over a month off work for it though. Twas a very, very big one apparently! At least I have another 2 weeks off over Xmas & new year. I just hope it's properly closed by then & I can have my old life back!!!

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