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What to do if i have a bartholin's cyst that is enlarged and painful, what. can i do to get it to pop?

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Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Sitzbath: Sitzbaths (sitting with the bottom in a bowl of luke warm camomile water) and applying hot compresses to the swollen Bartholin's gland, if it's not infected and hot-red already, can sometimes help to open the clogged duct and drain the cyst.
Dr. Stephen Scarantino
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
Get it looked at: Bartholin's cyst pain can be quite painful. While @home, warm soaks and Motrin, Advil or Aleve (naproxen) can be helpful. These steps may aid in causing the cyst to open & drain. However, if it is infected (an abcess), then you may need antibiotics and/or drainage, if it doesn't happen on its own. I would suggest that if its not improving or getting worse, then you need to see your GYN for an assessment.

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