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Cyst on Child's face

My 6 year old had an absess (abscess) lanced.  I have the opinions of both the plastic surgeon and the pediatric dermatologist.  Both are saying it is a cyst. However, One wants to operate and remove. The other wants to treat with Altabax.  How do I know what route is best?   how can they make these decisions without culture results ?
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Hello,
Cysts may occur anywhere on body but scalp, ears, back, face, and upper arm, are common sites for cysts. Blocked sebaceous glands, swollen hair follicles and excessive testosterone production will cause such cysts.

Generally no treatment is required but they become painful then it means they are infected,Then surgical excision by traditional wide excision, minimal excision, and punch biopsy excision may be required. Also the cyst has to be scooped out completely with the wall intact because otherwise they may recur. Scooping out the cyst by a plastic surgeon is better than medicines because then the cyst may recur.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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