Cysts are closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other semi-solid material. They feel like small smooth peas under the surface of the skin. They are non-cancerous, and painless unless infected. They are often caused by clogging of oil glands. Epidermoid cysts are found mainly on a person’s back, neck and face, whereas Pilar cysts are found on the scalp. Cysts, however, can be found anywhere on the body and vary in size and severity.
If a cyst changes in size or becomes painful and/or inflamed, it should be examined as soon as possible.
Dr. Davis can treat cysts by:
- Recommending or prescribing topical or oral medication.
- Injecting cortisone into the cyst.
- Lancing and draining the cyst, usually with local anesthesia given first.
- Excising the cyst if it is solid. Sutures (stitches) will be needed to close the wound. Extra time should be reserved for this type of an appointment.