What Are Symptoms and Signs of a Cyst?
- Small cysts or cysts in internal structures of the body may not produce symptoms.
- Cysts in the skin or in tissues just beneath the skin may be recognized as painless lumps or bumps.
- Cysts which can be felt may be hard or soft.
- Sometimes it is possible to notice an increase in size of a cyst while in other cases, the size will remain constant.
- It is often not possible to distinguish a cyst from some other cause of tissue swelling simply by physical examination.
- If cysts arise due to a serious infection, tumor, or chronic disease, the symptoms depend on the location, type, and extent of the disease.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Cyst?
If you're concerned about any abnormal, unexplained swelling or lump, talk to your doctor. He or she can recommend appropriate diagnostic tests to determine the cause of the cyst.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/3/2017
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