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Cysts - Info on Cysts Symptom, Causes & Treatment

A cyst is defined as "any closed epithelium-lined cavity or sac, normal or abnormal, usually containing liquid material". There are many different types of cysts. It can be formed in various different areas of the body including the skin, genitals and internal organs.

Cysts are harmless sac - like growth in the deeper layers of the skin, which are filled with liquid, gaseous, or semisolid substance. Cysts can occur anywhere in the body and vary a lot in shape and size. The outer, or capsular, portion of a cyst is termed the cyst wall. A single cyst is likely to be an innocent finding, but multiple cysts, especially in the kidneys, can be indicative of polycystic kidney disease and may lead to renal problems.

Cysts can occur in almost any organ in the body. Sometimes they are an incidental finding when an ultrasound or CT scan is done for another reason and may never cause any problems. Such cysts are commonly seen in organs such as the liver, pancreas or kidney.

Causes of Cysts:

Cysts may occur as a result of a developmental error in the embryo before birth, or they may be caused by an infection, or, in some cases, they arise spontaneously and no cause is found.

Types of Cysts

  • Endometriomas - These cysts develop in women who have endometriosis, when tissue from the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The tissue may attach to the ovary and form a growth. These cysts can be painful during sexual intercourse and during menstruation.
  • Cystadenomas - These cysts develop from cells on the outer surface of the ovary. They are often filled with a watery fluid or thick, sticky gel. They can become large and cause pain.
  • Dermoid cysts - The cells in the ovary are able to make hair, teeth, and other growing tissues that become part of a forming ovarian cyst. These cysts can become large and cause pain.
  • Polycystic ovaries - The eggs mature within the follicles, or sacs, but the sac doesn't break open to release the egg. The cycle repeats, follicles continue to grow inside the ovary, and cysts form.

Treatment for Cysts:

If the cyst or tumor is not painful and does not interfere with hearing, treatment is not necessary.

Some important treatment for cysts includes:

  • If a cyst becomes painful, it may be infected. Treatment may include antibiotics or removal of the cyst.
  • Benign bony tumors may progressively increase in size. If a benign tumor is painful or interferes with hearing, surgical removal of the tumor may be needed.
  • Apply Milia Treatment thickly on problem area. Letting the cream settle into skin.
  • For residual marks, apply Skin Blemish Treatment.

Herbal Treatment for Cysts:

Herbs can be used to help balance the hormones, which will encourage the ovaries to function normally.

Echinacea - Echinacea is useful for boosting immune system function as it can increase white blood cell count and activity. These increased levels can help to prevent functional cysts.

Milk thistle - This is an important herb for the treatment of cysts. It can encourage the detoxification process, which means that abnormal cells will be destroyed and excess hormones excreted.

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