Cysts can appear almost anywhere on your body and there are actually hundreds of different types, most of them, thankfully, are benign, but there are a few that can contain malignant cells too.

The task for many of us if you are examining your own body and deciding whether you have a cyst that needs dealing with is, firstly, identifying what type of cyst you are dealing with and, secondly, what treatment or method might be required to remove it.

It might be a case of using a cyst cream to deal with the issue or in the case of a breast cyst, for example, you will need to get a professional evaluation in order to ensure that what you are dealing with is a benign cyst and not another growth that needs further medical attention.

Here is a look at some of the typical cysts you can find all around your body and an overview of sort of treatment to consider when deciding to get it removed.

A cyst that is easy to see

If you notice an area of your skin has started to swell and there is some pain too, this could be an epidermoid cyst.

This is one of the most common types of the cyst and you are most likely to find one developing around your upper body, especially the face, neck, or shoulder area, although this type of cyst can also appear on your genital area.

Adolescents who are suffering from acne can be affected by epidermoid cysts and this type of skin cyst is very often harmless and you can use treatment to help reduce inflammation, which should also minimize any pain from the swelling that you might be experiencing.

Breast cyst’s need further evaluation

A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac that feels like a lump within your breast tissue.

It is always imperative that you get a medical opinion on this type of cyst to ensure that it is benign.

You can have this safely removed and drained if this is what you want to do or it is suggested as a treatment.

Abnormal growth

If you notice an abnormal growth it could be a dermoid cyst which may contain epidermis and hair follicles.

It has a distinctive saclike growth and is something that is present at birth and is often hereditary so you may find other family members also report the same issue.

You will find that a dermoid cyst will grow quite slowly and won’t normally be tender unless it ruptures.

You can find that superficial dermoid cysts should be fairly easy to remove without any complications, although rarer forms of dermoid cysts are more complicated and these occur in other areas of the body than on the surface of your skin and require professional medical attention.

What you are looking at?

As already mentioned, there are many different types of cyst that occur and only a few of the most common ones have been mentioned here.

Although it might potentially be difficult to identify certain types of cyst immediately you should find that they many cysts have similar characteristics which will at least help you confirm that you are looking at a cyst on your body.

A skin cyst is generally round and forms a dome-shaped lump.

It will often be either yellow or white in appearance and there is normally a small dark plug which is an exit point for pus if you were squeezing it out.

The size of your cyst can vary greatly and can reach a measurement of a few centimetres in diameter, although the growth rate is often slow rather than accelerated.

You might sometimes notice that if pus is oozing out of the cyst it might also smell very unpleasant, which is an indication that you have an infection.

Treating a cyst

The first thing to say is that skin cysts are harmless in the majority of cases and if they are not causing you any distress from an aesthetic or pain perspective you can safely leave them alone with treatment.

A simple basic remedy involves pressing a warm soft cloth against the infected area of your skin to encourage the cyst to heal naturally and aid the reduction of any inflammation.

Do not attempt to burst the cyst in any way as you are raising the risk of spreading infection and the cyst can also grow back if you end up leaving the sac underneath the skin.

You can also use antibiotics or a cyst cream to help with the healing and removal of a cyst.

Symptoms and signs

It is worth remembering that the vast majority of small cysts do not present any symptoms or signs other than the physical evidence of a lump or bump that appears on your skin, or sometimes in the tissues underneath your skin surface.

If you have a cyst that is affecting one of your internal organs these also may not produce any symptoms to warn you of a potential problem when they are first developing.

It is only when the cyst has reached a larger size or starts to affect normal fluid flows in your organs such as liver and pancreas, that painful symptoms might develop.

In most cases, with very few symptoms and if there is no noticeable pain or discomfort, cysts can be easy to treat and are not likely to pose a medical threat.

This means that the treatment for a cyst is very often dependent on what the underlying cause of your cyst happens to be and whether it is causing you any problems or not.

Larger cysts are more likely to cause medical problems than smaller ones and if you are suffering from something other than a regular skin cyst, such as an ovarian cyst, it might require surgical removal after a professional evaluation of your condition has taken place.

Having a greater understanding of how to identify a cyst and what treatment options are available should give you more confidence in dealing with what is very often a minor medical issue that you should be able to contend with.

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