Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You can usually leave a cyst alone if it doesn't cause discomfort or cosmetic problems. If you seek treatment, talk with your doctor about these options:

  • Injection. This treatment involves injecting the cyst with a medicine that reduces swelling and inflammation.
  • Incision and drainage. With this method, your doctor makes a small cut in the cyst and gently squeezes out the contents. This is a fairly quick and easy method, but cysts often recur after this treatment.
  • Minor surgery. Your doctor can remove the entire cyst. You may need to return to the doctor's office to have stitches removed. Minor surgery is safe and effective and usually prevents cysts from recurring.

  • If your cyst is inflamed, your doctor may delay the surgery.

  • Lasers. This method involves using a carbon dioxide laser to vaporize the cyst. It results in minimal scarring.
May. 29, 2014

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