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Question: Sebaceous Cyst left bald patch

 CharlieX - Sun Nov 08, 2009 6:18 pm

Hi, I was recently prescribed a course of penicillen to treat an infected sebaceous cyst. The cyst began to weep a pus-type liquid for a few days and then cleared up altogether. The infection and the cyst itself have now gone but I have a bald patch about 2cm in diameter where the cyst was. The skin is very smooth and I was just wondering will my hair grow back? I've had this about a month now and there is no sign of regrowth and as a 27 yr old female it is quite embarrassing!! I also have 2 more cysts on the other side of my head which were never infected or painful but my GP has referred me to a surgeon to have them removed anyway, do you think this is necessary as I have a fear of needles and knives and would rather avoid getting them removed.

Thank you in advance.

 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Thu Nov 26, 2009 11:26 am

User avatar Hello,The cyst exerts pressure on the follicles and it is quite possible that there may be a patch of alopecia following surgery.If there is scarring then it would be difficult for the hair to regrow and since your description tells me it is non scarring you could expect hair growth in some time.You can discuss with your surgeon for waiting for some time for removal of the other cysts since it is not a serious condition and is asymptomatic.Best wishes.
 CharlieX - Sun Nov 29, 2009 7:56 pm

Thank you so much for the response. Good news, the hair has started to regrow now, slowly but surely :o) Am meeting with surgeon on Friday so I'll ask him if I can hold off on having the others removed. Once again, thank you for your response.

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