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Have you noticed a cyst on your body? While most cysts are benign lesions, they can often be accompanied by discomfort or pain and may interfere with daily activities. Address your cysts with an effective cyst treatment plan at Brentwood Dermatology! Our board-certified staff is experienced in treating cysts to help our patients get back to enjoying life.
Learn more about cysts in our short guide below, where we answer the most common questions and concerns regarding cysts and cyst removal.
What is a Cyst?
A cyst is a pocket of tissue, sometimes referred to as a “sac,” that becomes filled with material normally produced by the body. This material could be pus (inflammatory cells), skin cells, scar tissue, or fluid. The cyst or cyst-like lesion may feel either soft or hard (calcified and scarred).
Cysts can be found anywhere on the body and are usually painless, slow-growing, movable lumps underneath the skin. In some cases, a cyst will become inflamed and tender, which may cause slight discomfort.
There are several different types of cysts, and they can vary in color, size, and shape. However, in most cases, a cyst will show up on the body as a bump on your skin or a small lump under your skin. Sometimes a cyst isn’t immediately visible, but it will typically feel smooth to the touch and may roll around under the skin.
There are many different reasons a cyst may form. Cysts can be caused by infections, injury, inflammation, blockage in ducts, follicles, glands, or pores, or inherited diseases/conditions.
Yes, there are several different types of cysts. The most common types of cysts include:
- Epidermal Cysts (often nicknamed Sebaceous Cysts)
- Ganglion Cysts
- Pilar Cysts
As mentioned above, cysts can vary in color, size, and shape depending on the type. Thus, it’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a professional evaluation and cyst diagnosis.
Cyst removal depends on the type of cyst, as well as its size and location. However, the most common ways to remove a cyst include:
- Draining fluids and other matter from the cyst using a needle.
- Administering medications, such as a corticosteroid injection, to reduce inflammation in the cyst.
- Surgical removal of the cyst. This may be done if draining doesn’t work or if you have an internal cyst that’s hard to reach and requires a more advanced treatment.
To learn more about cyst removal and treatment, please get in touch with one of the experienced dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology.