The skin is the outermost layer of your body, and it is the first wall of defense against diseases. It is also the first thing that people notice when they look at you, which is one of the reasons why so many people spend a lot of money, time, and effort on skincare.
However, there are cases where abnormalities can grow in or on your skin even with a lot of care. An example of such growths are cysts. Fortunately, a capable dermatologist can remove cysts for you.
What Is A Cyst?
A cyst is a lump filled with pus, air, or fluid. It can form in any part of the body, even in bones and soft tissue. Often, cysts are benign or noncancerous. However, there are cases where cysts can become malignant. Some cysts that have solid components have a risk of becoming cancerous and need immediate medical attention.
Cysts form from swollen hair follicles or skin trauma. Cysts are commonly found in the face, neck, or near joint spaces, are generally painless, and often grow slowly. Its drainage can be grayish-white or yellow in color and can have an odor.
There are several types of cysts. Some examples are:
- Sebaceous cysts
- Epidermoid cysts
- Cystic acne
- Ingrown hair cysts
- Breast cysts
Although most cysts are harmless, trying to remove a cyst on your own can infect it and cause complications.
Why Does A Cyst Need To Be Removed?
For Health Reasons
If a cyst is causing you a lot of pain or has grown bigger in size over time, your doctor will suggest its removal. These symptoms may indicate a more serious condition that needs treatment. It may mean that the cyst is infected or malignant. Once removed, the cyst will be tested to make sure that it is not cancerous. If it is found to be cancerous, your doctor will create a treatment plan to quickly and effectively treat you.
For Comfort Reasons
Sometimes, cysts grow in areas that interfere with your comfort. This interference may cause you pain or may cause the cyst to burst due to friction. If you have discomfort due to a cyst, you should ask your doctor to remove it.
For Cosmetic Reasons
You can opt to have a cyst removed if it is located in a noticeable area, like the face, arm, or leg. You can also have a cyst removed if it grows on your scalp and contributes to your hair loss. Besides having smooth and clear skin, having a cyst removed may also reduce the risk of infection and further complications.
Remember to always seek medical help when your cyst is bothering you. Do not try to scratch it or remove it on your own.
Dermatology Clinic in Southeast Florida
A dermatologist can treat all types of cysts. Dr. Ana Duarte is a board-certified dermatologist who is skilled and experienced in treating conditions affecting both adults and children. Visit Children’s Skin Center Pediatric and Adult Dermatology today for patient-centered, high-quality dermatological care for the entire family.
For more information or to request an appointment, call us at (305) 669-6555. You can also request an appointment online.