Cysts

  • Medical Author:
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

  • Medical Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

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What are home remedies for cysts?

Self-treatment by squeezing or popping a cyst is not advised because it could exacerbate the underlying cause in some individuals; in addition, it may cause the cyst to enlarge or become infected. There are many home remedies for treatment of certain cyst types. Most use topical treatments such as tea tree oil, aloe vera, castor oil, and many other compounds with the goal of rupturing the cyst. Check with a doctor before using these home remedies.

What is the prognosis of a cyst?

The prognosis of a cyst depends upon its underlying cause and sometimes on its size. The majority of cysts are small and benign; they require no treatment and have a good prognosis. However, cysts that are associated with infective agents or contain malignant cells or are so large they interfere with normal body functions have a more guarded prognosis. Some benign but large cysts may have a fair to good prognosis but may require surgery or aspiration to reduce or eliminate symptoms. Cysts may be recurring; this may happen in some cysts when only the cyst contents are reduced or removed and the cyst covering or lining remains; others may reoccur due to underlying causes.

Is it possible to prevent a cyst?

Most cysts are not preventable; however, if an underlying cause of a cyst is prevented, then the resultant cyst may also be prevented (for example, cysts due to infectious agents).

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/28/2015
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