What are Cysts?
Cysts are quite common among the general population and are in most cases noncancerous. They show up as sac-like cavities that are generally filled with dead skin. They can occur anywhere on the body and in all shapes and sizes, but generally feel like a pea size lesion under the skin. While most cysts do not cause harm or pain, many can worsen or grown and become troublesome for patients. Those that are larger in size usually are removed and sent for biopsy to ensure they are in fact benign. Our Austin, TX dermatology center treat a variety of different types of cysts and will provide an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment plan based on the patient's medical needs and history.
Symptoms of Cysts
Symptoms associated with a cyst vary depending on the size and location of the growth. In most cases, cysts are detected by an abnormal lump beneath the skin. Some lumps may be painful, especially if they become inflamed or rupture, while others may be visible, but painless. Other symptoms associated with cysts are hardening of the skin near the cyst, as well as a stretching of the skin, depending on how large the cyst is. Larger cysts can have specific symptoms such as shifting of organs, physical disfigurement, and emotional distress. Small cysts, however, which are the most common, often do not have symptoms or any indication of ongoing growth.
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What Causes Cysts?
There are many factors that can cause a cyst to form. Serious infection, tumors, and major illness or disease are just a few afflictions that can cause cysts to occur. Cysts can also develop as the result of a clogging of the oil glands within the skin (sebaceous glands), or around a foreign object or piercing within the skin, such as earrings. Although the majority of cysts are benign, there are instances where cysts may be cancerous. We will do a thorough analysis to reach a diagnosis as to the cause of the cyst, and develop a treatment plan to remove the cyst and help eradicate future growth.
How to Treat Cysts
There are number of different treatment options available for someone suffering from cysts, however, this depends on the underlying reason for the cyst. Common treatment for cysts includes draining of the lump or removing it through surgery. Cysts that are inflamed often react positively to a cortisone injection, which will cause it to shrink in size. The good news is that most all types of cysts can be treated effectively once a proper diagnosis has been established.
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If you find yourself suffering from a cyst and would like to receive treatment, we invite you to call our dermatology office to schedule an appointment. A thorough physical exam will be provided and a treatment plan recommended for a safe and effective removal.