A cyst is a sac-like growth under the skin that is almost always benign.  Cysts are commonly found on the face, neck, and trunk, but can occur anywhere on the body.  Most cysts arise from blocked oil glands in the skin, but cysts can occur following trauma or without a known cause.


Cysts typically present as skin-colored nodules or bumps under the skin. They can be painless and moves freely when pressed.  If the cyst has become infected or inflamed, it may be red, swollen, and tender to the touch.


A cyst sometimes resolves on its own, but cysts occasionally recur without treatment.  Treatment can differ depending on the status of the cyst.  For inflamed cysts, our provider may inject a localized steroid to decrease pain and swelling.  For infected cysts, we may drain the cyst and treat the infection with prescription antibiotics.  For non-inflamed and uninfected cysts, we may perform surgical removal of the cyst in our office.

When to make an appointment

If you are bothered by the appearance of your cyst, our providers can assess and discuss treatment options.  Cysts can indicate a more serious medical condition, so if your cyst is painful, appears to be growing, or drains pus, Contact us for an evaluation.