Cyst Removal / Abscess
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Unlike natural acne or “zits,” as some people call them, cysts and abscess are underneath the skin and may require professional removal. There are a multitude of types of cysts that can form on the body. One form of cyst, known as an epidermoid cyst, is a painless version that will rarely need removal; unless one wants to remove it. However, other forms can become incredibly painful and require removal for the individual’s health.
No matter the reason, it is crucial to receive professional assistance in removing the cyst to prevent it from re-forming or from causing more health problems in the future. It is important to understand the symptoms of a cyst and when to consider seeking treatment.
Signs and symptoms
Signs that a patient has a cyst and not a basic case of acne can include a tiny black head at the central opening of the cyst. A cyst is also prominent in situations when there is a small red bump under the skin that does not quite emerge. If the cyst grows at a rapid pace, ruptures, becomes infected or causes constant irritation, we can remove it.
When a cyst becomes infected, it becomes an abscess under the skin that contains pus. Attempting to pop the abscess without a medical professional can risk a spread of the pus, infecting other areas of the body. In some cases, an abscess can also form underneath the teeth. When a patient has an abscess, it will be more painful than a cyst may be. Fortunately, there are multiple treatment options available for the patient.
We will go over possible treatment options and recommend the best option for the patient’s condition. An abscess may only need antibiotics before considering removal. Some treatment options include:
- Injecting medicine that reduces swelling and inflammation
- Making an incision and draining out the contents of the cyst/abscess
- Using minor surgery to remove the entire cyst to prevent the cyst from recurring
- Administering antibiotics for patients with severe infections or recurrent infections
In many cases, cyst removal procedures will not take very long and usually only require one appointment. We will not choose the minor surgery as a treatment unless it is absolutely necessary. In either case, the minor surgery will also only take one appointment. It can be easy for people to attempt home remedies and in some cases that may work for an individual cyst or abscess. However, for more severe cases, the patient needs to seek professional treatment.
At Lifestyle Wellness, we can find the most effective treatment option for removing the cyst/abscess from the patient. We can help ensure that the infection does not spread or continue to cause discomfort to the patient. When a patient schedules an appointment, we will go over the patient’s medical history and current medical condition before determining the treatment method. During this appointment, the patient can also voice any concerns about the process and we will walk them through the possible options.