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A Doctor's View on Cyst Treatment

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Cyst treatment is highly dependent upon the type and location of your cyst. Treatments range from drainage of the cyst to using prescription antibiotics to surgical removal of the cyst. Some cysts may even resolve on their own. Read the entire Doctor's View

What is the treatment for a cyst?

The treatment for a cyst depends on the underlying cause of the cyst and whether or not the cyst is causing the patient problems. As stated previously, many cysts are benign and require no treatment. However, large cysts can result in symptoms due to compression of normal tissue and obstruction of ducts. Some of these cysts can be treated by simply aspirating the cyst contents through a needle or catheter, thereby collapsing the cyst. Other cysts require surgical removal (some cysts like ovarian cysts can be removed by laparoscopic surgery), especially if there's any suspicion of malignancy. In general, cysts that cause symptoms are treated by draining them and/or removing them surgically; medical treatment is usually limited to reducing associated symptoms of their underlying cause(s). Individuals should discuss with their doctors about the best methods to use to get rid of their cysts.

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Comment from: Juiciboii, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I take vitamin E for my cyst.

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Comment from: Sal, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I have had sebaceous cyst for years over right scapula, drained by me, several times a year. Finally it wouldn't drain, became red and sore. Doctor removed it, but a few weeks later I noticed a black pinpoint mark in the scar. Doctor found and removed a 2nd cyst. It is ok now. I have another cyst on lower back that doesn't bother me, and also a ganglion cyst on right middle finger, injected with cortisone, became smaller, but didn't go away. I also have two cysts on leg above ankle, and the doctor says if they don't hurt, I don't need treatment. I also have fibrocystic breasts, had several biopsies, all negative for cancer.

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Comment from: alexa, Female (Caregiver) Published: November 18

I observe last few months that I have a cyst on the right side of my breast. It is still small but I want to get it treated while small to prevent cancer and operation.

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