anyone have any experience treating an infected sebaceous cyst without antibiotics? i've had one on my back/shoulder for several years...about 7 years ago i went to the doctor to have it checked out because it was sore and red...the doc drained it and told me that if i wanted it gone for good he could take the sac out when it wasn't infected anymore. i'm pretty sure he gave me antibiotics for the infection (i was in college at the time and didn't know any better, so i'm sure i took the meds with no questions asked). anyway, the cyst eventually came back because i never went and got it removed...so a couple years ago i thought i'd get it removed before it got infected again...the doctor (different doc than before) tried to get the sac out in one piece, but ended up basically having to dig it out (yeah that felt great .
so it ended up coming back within a few months but was never really bothering me until the past couple of weeks...it started getting itchy and just annoying (it's right around where my bra strap is). then a couple days ago it started getting sore and red. i want to go to the doc to have it drained, but i know he'll prob give me abx again...any suggestions on how to treat it at home w/out meds? i've already upped my vit c intake...anything else i can/should do? for the record, it seems to have gotten less irritated just since i started taking more vit c...
I'm sorry yours has recurred. I have one I can't remove without losing an earlobe. It recurs from time to time and I just try to keep it draining (warm compresses) until it closes up again.
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Hey bamsmom... haven't you had really great luck treating that cyst with Tea Tree Oil?
for those that are interested in remedies...since it's on my back just out of my reach, i've been having dh put tea tree oil on the cyst and the area around it, let it soak in, put MelaGel (which is an ointment from Melaleuca that has tea tree oil in it) on the area and put a bandage over it every night for over a week...it not only got rid of the infection, but the whole cyst seems to be "dissolving"...it's getting smaller every day! :
You can have them removed while they are infected. You need to get the entire sac out to get rid of them completely.
so here i am, applying tea tree oil every night and upping my vit c intake, and it seems to be working! :
I have had a sebaceous syst for 5 months now on my chest - intiially badly infected 50cm red volcano. Had operation under general ansthetic (now I know where the idea for the Matrix fim came from - wow !) + soem heavy duty antibiotics. Tewh cyct still pusses twice daily (no longer red) - still a problem.
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Am about to get it lanced (re -opended) then try Comvitas Medihoney 10+ (Manuka - killes bugs + help skin heal). I though of this originally but did nto have the gust to stand up to the doctors who recommended the conventional attempt.
Beware - Medihoney is a little dfferent from off-the-shelf-active Manuka honey, in that it is irradiated to kill Botulism spores (unlikley - but you don't want to introduce them into a wound !).
According to Dr Peter Molan (pers. comm.) who invented the UMF index - anything over +12 UMF index will kill bugs.
Dr Shona Blairs work (Sydney Uni) indicates that such 'high end' honeys will also kill the infamous Superbugs !!
I keep bees for a hoby by the way. If you cannot get Medihoney (or don't wish to pay the price) - any Australian hardwood honey (Jarrah, Blue Gum, Ironbark etc.. even Leatherwood) are usualy very 'Active' - is kill bugs. But make sure the honey is NOT HEAT TREATED (ie raw) or left in the sun or left open as honey is hyrdoscopic (sucks up water).
Native bee honey is even better if you can get it.
In the unlikely event this fails, my Traditional Medicine Chinese Doctror (Dr. Li Chen in Charlestown NSW is excellent) recommends "Sanjin Watermellon Front Insufflation" for relief of Mouth Ulcer & Sore Throat as an antibiotic (but the Chinese apparently do not use this term) Aust L 176677 - a mixture of herbs (powder) - $15 for 3g placed on the cycs for a few weeks + bandage to hold it in.