The word cyst has several medical definitions. When referring to anatomy, a sac-like organ, such as the bladder for example, is considered a cyst. However, in general use, a cyst is an abnormal pocket in the body that most often occurs due to a blockage in your body’s natural drainage system.
Cysts are common and they’re usually benign. They’re defined by a structure that’s separate from the rest of your body, including an outer sac which can be filled with fluid, gas, or pus. Cysts can occur anywhere on the body, and typically, they’re not painful unless they become inflamed or infected.
There are hundreds of types of cysts and most of them never require treatment. When a cyst doesn’t heal on its own and an abscess or infection occurs, surgical drainage and repair may be necessary.
Some of the most common types of cyst include:
In many cases, cysts resolve themselves, and you’ll need to do nothing. Resist the temptation to pop or drain a cyst yourself, since this could cause an infection. If you do attempt home care, try compresses with a warm washcloth, soaking the cyst for 20-minute intervals. Cover the cyst with a clean bandage if it starts to drain.
When the appearance of the cyst is embarrassing, or if it causes discomfort or pain, seeing Dr. Heilbron is a good idea. He can not only drain the cyst, but he can also remove the cyst wall to prevent recurrence of the cyst. He can help with wound care also, since some cysts may leave large voids, requiring packing and stitching.
Lipoma's are usually benign tumors that can be treated at Dr. Heilbron's office. Larger lipoma's often need more formal surgery.
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