What Is a Cyst?
Cysts are large growths that form underneath the surface of the skin. They may look different depending on where they are located. Cysts are commonly found on the face (especially the jawline); however, they can appear anywhere on the body. Cysts generally grow at a slow pace and have a smooth surface.
Cysts can be stubborn and last for a long period of time, and sometimes can enlarge and even rupture leading to infection, pain, and other issues. While the exact cause of cysts varies, some causes include genetic factors, chronic inflammation, certain diseases, or blockage in ducts.
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Your treatment will vary depending on the location and severity of your cyst. In some cases, the cyst may disappear on its own. A warm compress can help speed up the draining process and allow the healing process to happen faster. It’s critical that you do not try to squeeze or pop a cyst on your own, as this can lead to more problems and extend the healing process.
Our Levy Dermatology Providers will examine your cyst and determine the best course of action for you when you come to the practice. They may drain the fluid from the cyst with a needle, or they may recommend medication or an injection to help the healing process. The cyst can also be surgically removed by your provider.
How Can I Prevent Cysts?
Most cysts cannot be prevented, though proper hygiene certainly will help prevent many types of skin conditions. If you are prone to cysts, your Levy Dermatology provider can give you some advice on steps you can take to help reduce the chance of developing them in the future.