Cysts are hollow growths or lumps in the body that filled with secretions. These growths are unsightly and may cause discomfort. When it comes to skin cysts, they can appear almost anywhere except for the palm of the hands and the soles of the feet. The main objective of treatments is to reduce the swelling and proper draining or removal. This all depends on the type of cyst you may have.
How to Get Rid of Cysts
Treatment 1: For an Epidermal Cyst – Warm Compress
This treatment is the only one advised by physicians for cysts that appear on the skin. The heat that is applied is intended to kill any bacteria near the cyst. If it contains solidified sebum, the heat will melt it and assist in rapid draining of the cyst.
What you will need to do is to dip a clean and sterile towel or cotton ball in the warm water, then apply onto the cyst until it is no longer hot. Be careful, the temperature of the water should be in the middle of being lukewarm and boiling. Repeat this around three to four times a day.
Treatment 2: For a Baker Cyst – Draining Treatment
As baker cysts grow inside of a joint, the best at home treatment for this type is to minimize your physical activity and let it pass until it disappears. However, if it is hampering your daily routine, as with any other cyst, you can ask your physician to simply drain it. What he/she would do is to create an incision on the cyst and drain it.
Treatment 3: For an Ovarian Cyst – Contraceptive Treatment
Pills for birth control are helpful in making the cyst smaller and stop future cysts from growing. Depending on your lifestyle and health, your doctor can specify which birth control method is most appropriate for you to use as there are a lot of contraceptive options to choose from.
Treatment 4: For a Vaginal Cyst – Compression and Drainage Treatment
Application of wet, warm compresses in the affected part may be prescribed by your doctor as well as pain relief through intake of ibuprofen. If the cyst needs draining, he/she may make a small cut on the cyst to let it drain off all fluids. If fever or a rash occurs, antibiotics are given to combat the infection.
When it comes to cysts, always remember that medical attention should be given to it. Your physician needs to be notified if the cyst is growing in size or changing in shape. A biopsy may be necessary in order for your physician to determine whether it is cancerous or not. Any swelling or protrusion on your skin with inflammation should be a sign for you to see your doctor. Most cysts will go away and disappear in time, however, if you suddenly experience massive pain in the area where the cyst is located, especially the ones that are not just located on the skin, it may be a sign that it has ruptured. Seek medical attention immediately.