If you’ve been living with a cyst for some time and are desperate to have it removed, there are many options available to you. A cyst is a common fluid-filled sac which sits under the skin. They can be caused by clogging of sebaceous glands, infection or around earrings. Often they can disappear without treatment, however, some can become enlarged and rub against clothing or look unsightly. They will only be painful if they become infected. The small lumps can grow slowly anywhere on your body, so don’t be alarmed if you come across one. There are many options to have your cyst removed, however, make sure that you do thorough research to assess your choice before going ahead with treatment.
Most cysts are perfectly normal and safe but you should get approval from your doctor in case they may be cancerous. You could be sent for tests or have a biopsy to assess and analyse its properties and internal structure.
One of the most popular techniques is radiotherapy which is non-evasive to the skin around the cyst. Be reassured that this radio skin management offers local anaesthetic around the area whilst the treatment gradually breaks down the cyst before it is carefully removed. Many opt for this procedure as the result can often be minimal with little or no scarring. You can return to your daily lifestyle shortly after this treatment although you may require sutures. It’s important to have a consultation at a reliable and recommended clinic. You can search for ones in your area or you may wish to travel to find a clinic that you feel comfortable with. Check out Snowberry Lane clinic who offer a comprehensive patient service for the removal of cysts.
Treat at home
If you feel confident enough to treat your cyst yourself at home, this is simple and straightforward. Start by thoroughly cleaning the area of the lump and around it with antibacterial soap and use medical gloves. Before you begin, remember it is important not to squeeze, scratch, drain, open or puncture the lump. The effects of this could be nasty as it will inflame the lump and could push any existing infection deeper into the skin. Begin by applying warm, wet cloths to the lump and leave these on for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this for 3 to 4 times a day. You may prefer to use a heating pad or fill a hot water bottle to use. Ultimately you are aiming to add moisture and heat to the lump by increasing blood circulation to the area to speed up the healing process. Don’t use boiling water and test the temperature before applying in case you burn the skin. Keep an eye on the cyst – if it starts to leak pus, add pressure with a bandage to keep the drain flow. Chain daily and if you notice a large amount draining or it becomes red or painful please visit your GP immediately.