Cysts and boils may appear similar, but a dermatology care provider can help you determine the difference and an appropriate treatment. If you have a cyst or boil that requires treatment, schedule an appointment with the experts at West Sound Dermatology in Poulsbo, Washington.
What is a Cyst?
A cyst is a small lump filled with fluid. There are several types of cysts which can affect the skin or other parts of the body. There are three primary types of skin cysts.
- Epidermal cysts
- Trichilemmal cysts, which occur on the scalp
- Milia, which are very small and typically occur on the face.
What is a Boil?
A boil is the result of a bacterial infection around a hair follicle. They may resemble a cyst, but are typically swollen and sore. Yellow pus may be present in or around the boil, and advanced cases can cause fever or fatigue.
Treatments for Cysts and Boils
Some cysts and boils will resolve without treatment. Your dermatologist may recommend applying a warm compress to the growth to encourage healing.
If a cyst persists, it can be removed through a simple surgery. Your provider will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area before carefully removing the cyst through a small incision.
Severe or persistent boils may be treated using antibiotics.