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How to Remove Sebaceous Cysts Using a Heating Pad

Sebaceous cysts are lumps that can occur anywhere on the body except the palms of the hands or the soles of the feet.  These cysts are small sacs filled with an oil substance that resembles cheese in appearance.  While most sebaceous cysts eventually disappear on their own unless they become infected most people want to get rid of them sooner rather than wait for the cyst to disappear on it's own.  While treating sebaceous cysts on your own is not recommended if you are going to attempt to heat and remove a sebaceous cyst on your own then using a heating pad is the safest method to do so.

How A Heat Pad Works To Remove A Sebaceous Cyst

Using a heat pad to treat a sebaceous cyst really doesn't remove the cyst what it does instead is melt the oil inside the cyst so that the body can absorb it resulting in the cyst going down faster than if you just left it mother nature.  However, there are some things that you need to do when using a heat pad to treat a sebaceous cyst to ensure that your treatment doesn't result in complications.

The first thing you will want to do is check the cyst over thoroughly.  Gently touch it to see if it feels hot or warm to touch, is surrounded by a deep red swelling, or oozing some of the cheese like oil out of the cyst. If any of these things are occurring then this could mean that the cyst is infected and you should seek medical care to remove the cyst and treat the infection.  Using a heat pad on and infected cyst could spread the infection and result in complications you neither need or want.

If the cyst appears normal and does not feel warm to the touch then it is likely safe to use a heat pad to treat the cyst.  You will first want to clean the cyst and the area around it with anti-biotic soap.  Then turn the heat pad on medium heat (high heat could actually cause an infection) wait until the heating pad reaches a warm temperature and hold it against the cyst for 15 minutes.  You will need to do this twice a day for 7 to 10 days before you will see results.

While you want the heat directly on the cyst try to press too hard as you don't want to risk breaking the cyst and causing an infection. Just press lightly on the heating pad slightly off to the sides of the cyst and this should get the heat pad directly on the cyst without undue pressure.

If you don't see any shrinkage in the cyst after 10 days or if the cyst appears to be larger or shows signs of being infected call your doctor and have him examine and treat the cyst.