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When to Seek Cyst Removal

Published on July 9, 2024

Cysts are common skin growths that many people experience at some point. While they are often harmless, some signs and symptoms indicate when medical intervention may be necessary. This blog will help you better understand these symptoms and know when to seek cyst removal can help prevent complications and ensure your skin remains healthy.

Signs and Symptoms of Cysts

Cysts are usually small, round bumps that can develop under the skin. They may vary in size and can appear anywhere on the body. Common signs and symptoms of cysts include:

  • Pain or tenderness: If a cyst becomes painful or tender to the touch, it may be a sign of infection or inflammation.
  • Swelling or redness: Swelling and redness around the cyst can indicate an infection, which may require medical treatment.
  • Changes in size or appearance: The Ocean Clinic team will evaluate a cyst that rapidly grows or changes its appearance.
  • Recurrent infections: Cysts that frequently become infected or cause discomfort may need to be removed to prevent further issues.

Types of Skin Cysts

There are several types of skin cysts, each with its own characteristics. Some of the most common types include:

  • Epidermoid cysts: These are small, benign bumps filled with keratin, a protein found in skin cells. They often appear on the face, neck, and trunk.
  • Sebaceous cysts: These cysts form from sebaceous glands and are filled with a yellowish, oily substance. They commonly occur on the scalp, face, and upper body.
  • Pilar cysts: Also known as trichilemmal cysts, these are typically found on the scalp and are filled with keratin.
  • Ganglion cysts: These cysts develop along tendons or joints, especially in the wrists and hands. They are usually filled with a thick, jelly-like fluid.

When Should They Be Removed?

While many cysts are harmless and do not require treatment, there are situations where removal is recommended. You should consider cyst removal if:

  • The cyst is causing pain or discomfort: Persistent pain or discomfort is a clear indication that the cyst should be evaluated by a healthcare provider.
  • There is a suspicion of infection: Symptoms such as redness, swelling, and tenderness around the cyst may indicate an infection that needs medical attention.
  • The cyst is growing rapidly: A cyst that changes size or appearance quickly should be examined to rule out any serious underlying conditions.
  • You want to address cosmetic concerns: If a cyst is located in a visible area and causes embarrassment or self-consciousness, removal can improve your confidence and appearance.
  • There are recurrent issues: Cysts that repeatedly become infected or cause problems should be considered for removal to prevent ongoing issues.

Consult with The Ocean Clinic Team

Cysts are common and often benign, but they can sometimes cause discomfort or lead to complications. Recognizing the signs and symptoms that indicate the need for cyst removal is crucial for maintaining your skin health. 

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or have concerns about a cyst on your body, don’t wait to seek medical attention. Schedule a consultation with our doctors at Ocean Clinic to discuss your options and receive the appropriate care.

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