If you have a bump on the surface of your skin or notice a small lump just under the skin, you may have a cyst. Cysts can develop anywhere on your body and should be evaluated by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham of Downtown Dermatology, serving the residents of the Greater Columbus area in Ohio.
The term “cyst” describes a range of small sacs that may be filled with air, fluid or another substance. Cysts can develop anywhere on your body. Dr. Hicks-Graham categorizes the cyst based on where it is on your body. Common types of cysts are:
Most cysts are non-cancerous, but some may be a type of cancer. Dr. Hicks-Graham will provide you with an accurate diagnosis so that you feel confident about the outcomes of treatment. Her recommendations will include options that will eliminate the cyst and reduce symptoms, such as:
If she determines that your cyst is related to cancer, she will help you find the resources you need for treatment.
Treatment is adapted to the type and location of the cyst. Dr. Hicks-Graham may recommend:
The initial result of cyst treatment is relieving your symptoms. The cyst may still feel tender, but you will be more comfortable than you were before treatment. The recommended treatment is based upon what caused your cyst, such as:
You should schedule a consultation with Dr. Hicks-Graham to have your cyst evaluated. Prior to your appointment, you may be able to alleviate the symptoms to a degree with some home care. We recommend using warm compresses on the cysts to promote draining. You should not try to drain the cyst by squeezing it or pricking it with a needle. Doing so may open the area to infection and exacerbate the problem.
If Dr. Hicks-Graham drains the cyst, she may recommend that you keep the area covered for a period of time to prevent infection. She may prescribe antibiotics or topical creams to promote healing. You should use these medications as directed. Dr. Hicks-Graham will monitor your progress to ensure that treatment is effectively addressing the cyst. If the cyst does not heal or if it returns, she may recommend surgery.
Treatment for cysts is covered under medical insurance, and you will be responsible for the co-payment, deductible, and co-insurance. We accept payment by cash, checks, and major credit cards. If you are interested in making affordable monthly payments for your cyst treatment, you can apply for financing through CareCredit®.
Most cysts will heal without any medical intervention. If the cyst causes a great deal of pain, is located on your breast or appears as an abnormal growth, you should be evaluated by Dr. Hicks-Graham. If the cyst is diagnosed as cancerous, she will advise you about other specialists who can provide cancer treatments.
Cysts can range in severity from inconvenient to very painful. Because cysts can impact surrounding tissues and be linked to cancer, we recommend that you contact us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Hicks-Graham will evaluate the cyst and recommend a course of treatment.Red, tender bumps on the surface of your skin or just under the skin can indicate a mild to severe cyst that needs treatment. When home treatment for cysts does not fix the problem, the residents of Columbus and Upper Arlington rely on the expertise of board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Hicks-Graham.