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Is hydrocortisone usually used to get rid of sebaceous cysts?


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October 11, 2008 3:03PM

No, hydrocortisone will not get rid of sebaceous cysts. The only way to get rid of them is to have them removed, including the sac. Usually, this involves a relatively simple bedside procedure that can be done in your primary care doctor's office where your physician will use a local anesthetic to numb the skin over the cyst, a scalpel to cut the skin overlying it and will extract it with a pair of hemostats. He may or may not drain the material inside the cyst first. Some people feel it is easier to get all the sac out if the cyst has been drained first, others disagree. So long as the entire sac has been removed, the cyst should not recur.