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Cyst (cont.)

What Are Treatments for Cysts?

Treatment for cysts varies depending upon the size, location, and cause of the cyst.

  • Small cysts that do not produce symptoms may not require treatment of any kind.
  • Sometimes cysts are drained with a sterile procedure using a needle and syringe.
  • Surgical removal may be indicated for very large cysts that result in symptoms due to their large size.
  • Surgical treatment may be indicated for large cysts or when the possibility of cancer in a cyst must be ruled out.
  • If a cyst arises as part of a chronic medical condition (for example, in polycystic ovarian syndrome or fibrocystic breast disease), treatment is generally directed at the underlying medical condition.

Are There Cyst Home Remedies?

A person should not attempt to drain or collapse a cyst themselves. Popping or compressing a cyst can be dangerous and should not be attempted. A health-care practitioner can advise the person about the proper care and treatment, if necessary, for a cyst.

What Is the Medical Treatment for a Cyst?

When cysts accompany infections or chronic medical conditions, treatment is directed toward the underlying condition that caused the cyst formation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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