Do Skin Cysts Need to be Removed?

Published on: September 24, 2018

There are many different types of cysts that can form under the skin. Usually, a cyst is identified by a lump under the skin which is often painless. Cysts can occur anywhere on the body, on people of any age. There are several types of skin cysts that can occur, including epidermoid, pilar and chalazion. Some are hereditary, some are not. Most do not pose a health risk, so you may wonder if you need to have a cyst removed.

Most cysts do not pose a risk to your health. They are small sacs that fill with fluid or gas and are rarely linked to disease. They can occur for seemingly no reason or a clogged gland or friction may cause the cyst. However, there are possibilities that they could be caused by a health problem or might become infected. Depending on where they are located, they can also appear unattractive. Removing them and having them tested is the best way to ensure they are only a cyst and can help you avoid an infection.

It is important to see a dermatologist for a cyst removal. Never try to drain or remove a cyst on your own. A harmless cyst could become a serious skin infection that could have serious health consequences. A dermatologist can quickly drain the cyst and test the fluid if there is any concern about a linked health issue. While most cysts are benign, there is a small risk that they could be cancerous.

If you have a cyst under your skin, call your local dermatologist to have it safely removed and possibly tested. It is a quick and virtually painless procedure to protect your health.

Posted on behalf of:
Kayal Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists
141 Lacy Street, Suite 200
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 426-7177

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