The diagnosis and treatment of cysts

There are many common conditions that can occur to the skin. This includes cysts. Cysts are growths that often develop on or right underneath the skin. They can be small, large, and located anywhere on the body. Dermatologists in the Short Hills, NJ area who treat cysts can work with patients to give them a proper diagnosis of their condition and make recommended treatments if needed. Knowing about the types of cysts and effective treatment options used today is the best way to address the issue.

What is a cyst, and what types might develop?

Cysts are growths that occur anywhere on and in the body that are typically fluid-filled or very hard, depending on the variety. Some of the most typical types of cysts include:

  • Epidermoid cysts
  • Pilar cysts
  • Breast cysts
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Ovarian cysts

How are cysts diagnosed?

A cyst is diagnosed through a physical evaluation from our dermatological team at Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills. In some cases, a biopsy, or small sample, of the cyst may be removed and sent to a laboratory to look for cancerous cells. However, most cysts are harmless and can be left alone unless they are causing problems for the patient.

How is a cyst treated?

Dermatologists may treat cysts in various ways if they are bothersome for the individual. The puss inside the cyst may be drained and the area treated with topical medications to avoid the development of an infection. Alternatively, laser treatments or even injections of cortisone will address inflamed and painful cysts on the body. Many cysts will disappear on their own or not be problematic, and these can be left alone if patients choose to do so.

Schedule an appointment with the team of Dermatology Consultants of Short Hills

Our team in Short Hills, NJ, is trained and experienced in helping patients achieve their skin care goals and address common issues such as the formation of cysts. If you have one or more cysts that you would like evaluated further by a dermatological professional, contact our practice today to book an appointment by calling 305-740-6181. We are open to new and established patients.

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