A cyst is a sac-like structure filled with liquid or semisolid matter. They can vary in size and can grow anywhere on the body. If a cyst is filled with pus, it is considered an abscess. Cysts filled with solid matter feel like a small lump just under the surface of the skin. Most cysts are not painful but can cause problems if they become infected or grow in a sensitive area. It is important to check your skin and monitor any cysts or moles for changes. If you notice that a growth changes color, height, shape, or size, or develops symptoms such as abnormal bleeding, itching, or becomes tender, you should book an appointment with your doctor.
Treatment for a cyst depends on what is causing the cyst to form and what type of problem it is causing for the patient. Each cyst will be evaluated for the best possible treatment. Most cysts are benign but if you suspect it could be something more you should consult your doctor. If a cyst requires treatment to relieve discomfort or pressure, generally they can can be treated by excising the contents within the cyst. Most often a needle is used for this procedure. An abscess or cyst that is infected will need to be opened and drained. A small incision is made directly into the abscess and then enlarged to allow the cavity to be irrigated of the pus. Treatment with antibiotics may be necessary afterwards.
Cysts are more complex than pimples and any home remedies should be discussed with your doctor before using them. Squeezing or popping a cyst is not advised. The pressure could aggravate the condition causing the cyst to worsen. You should check with your doctor first before using home remedies.
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