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How do you tell the difference between a boil, whitehead pimple, and cyst?

How do you tell the difference between a boil, whitehead pimple, and cyst?

Physical exam: Some are bigger, some are smaller and some are more or less inflammatory. Let your treating doctor decide. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What's the difference between a cyst and a boil?

What's the difference between a cyst and a boil?

Germs: A cyst is a collection of fluid that is not infected. Boil is a common term for an abscess in the skin, that means bacteria penetrated the skin and caused an infection. ...Read more

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What is boil vs cyst?

What is boil vs cyst?

Boil vs cyst: A "boil" is simply a skin abscess where a bacterial infection has caused a collection of pus. The pus needs to be removed/drained. A cyst is usually the result of a blocked skin pore. The cyst material is usually the normally sloughed off skin cells that cannot simply float away. The collect within the cyst. Cysts do not always need to be treated unless they continue to grow get infected. ...Read more

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I keep getting boils or cysts on my body what are some reasons for this?

I keep getting boils or cysts on my body what are some reasons for this?

Many: Check with your doc for issues, but could be due to colonization Os the nose with pathogenic bacteria. See your doc ...Read more

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Do all boils or sebaceous cysts need to be cut out or drained?

Do all boils or sebaceous cysts need to be cut out or drained?

Have it excised: If a sebaceous cyst, it will follow a vicious cycle of filling with sebum, becoming infected, draining, then starting over. If infected now, may require incision and drainage by doctor. Once healed, have sac removed to prevent recurrence. If simple abscess (or "boil"), should not recur once drained. ...Read more

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Should I be scared if my boil under my arm became a cysts. Its a big hole under my arm?

I think that this: Warrants medical eval. Too many variables to know what exactly is going on in your axilla. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's a pilonidal cyst, boil, or other?

How to tell if it's a pilonidal cyst, boil, or other?

Look carefully: And you can see a dimple if it is a pilonidal cyst. Sometimes it is difficult or even impossible to tell. Initial treatment is same for both--antibiotics and local heat. But different when it comes to definitive surgery. You need to show it to a surgeon for definitive answer. It is a pain in the you know where. ...Read more

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Think I have a pilodinal cyst, huge boil looking thing at top of my butt, am in horrible constant pain, don't have ins, what should I do?

Think I have a pilodinal cyst, huge boil looking thing at top of my butt, am in horrible constant pain, don't have ins, what should I do?

Pilonoidal cyst: Surgeon wil be the one to help you the best. Spend the money and see general surgeon (not urgent care, no er, no pcp). The yield on your investment will be much better if you see the surgeon. Otherwise, it wil continue to come back, it won't go away with just antibiotic or lancing it. ...Read more

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What are some basic and easy home remedies for treating boils and cysts? I have them all over my buttocks area, they are in pain and itch.

What are some basic and easy home remedies for treating boils and cysts? I have them all over my buttocks area, they are in pain and itch.

See your doctor.: There are no easy home remedies for treating these. It sounds like you are contaminating yourself as you scratch. One may be infected and you scratch and infect another area. You may need these lanced and antibiotic treatment. Wash your hands frequently and do not scratch. These can be come serious. ...Read more

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I have a painful cyst or boil on my backside and not feeling well. What should I do?

I have a painful cyst or boil on my backside and not feeling well. What should I do?

See a doctor: If you have an infected cyst or an abscess on your buttocks you may need it opened up and drained and you may need antibiotic treatment. Get checked out by your M.D. ...Read more

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My sister has hidradenitis suppurativa (hs), it inadvertently breaks out in boils and cysts. What can be done?

My sister has hidradenitis suppurativa (hs), it inadvertently breaks out in boils and cysts. What can be done?

See below: The treatment if everything else fails is by removing the afflicted skin (hydradenectomy). The problem usually resolves after this type procedure.
Good luck ...Read more

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Is this cystic bump, a boil or spider bite?

Has to been seen: Without looking at the site, most of us are unable to completely diagnose but only speculate. If it is painful it could be a boil, infected cyst or even a recluse bite (depending of the timing of the pain and bite if known for sure). If not painful, it could be a cyst, lipoma, insect bite with induration or an evolving boil. Hard to say without visual examination. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a cyst or a boil on my bottom?

Depends: If it's a cyst the sac will have to be removed. If it's a boil it needs to be drained and you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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How to treat a bartolin cyst or boil on the vagina? How do you get it?

How to treat a bartolin cyst or boil on the vagina? How do you get it?

Bartholin gland cyst: Bartholin gland duct cysts are fairly common and result from blockage of the gland opening and subsequent accumulation of fluid and debris. These cysts can sometimes get infected and cause an abscess. They are treated in several different ways including incision and drainage or a procedure called a marsupialization. Discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if its a cyst or boil on labia majora?

Pain as one thing: Pain is usually associated with boil and the area is tender to touch
If it is big enough patient might feel unwell with fever and aches ...Read more

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What is the best thing to treat a cyst/boil/lump on penis?

Here is. ..: To remove its entirety is key to avoid recurrence. When? That is at the time of no active infection and appearing a discrete node surrounded with soft tissue. How? That is surgeon's responsibility to get all its lining removed with delicate detailed skill; it is a virtually bloodless procedure even, for most of cases, under local anesthesia. Detail? Ask Doc timely. Best wish... ...Read more

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What causes cysts and boils on the vagina & anus to come out the same time?

What causes cysts and boils on the vagina & anus to come out the same time?

Possibly infection..: "boils and cysts" of the vagina and anus are not normal. These could be related to an infectious condition (with one possible trigger being hsv / herpes virus infection). Herpes is sometimes silent for periods of time and then new blisters / lesions appear. Herpes can cause sores on the vagina and on the anus. It would be good to get examined by a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Keep getting I think either cyst or boils on my brest, stomach, underarms, between thighs plz help?

Boils: You need to have a physician look at those and probably do a culture to see exactly what they are ...Read more

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Is there a good home remedy for boils and acne cysts?

Get a real Rx: Cystic acne is a serious, chronic disease that you cannot manage by home remedies. Usually it requires isotretinoin. If this affects a young person for whom you are responsible, it would be a terrible mistake not to take them to get scientific treatment. Leaving junior scarred will be a cause for lifelong resentment. Please do what you must. Thanks for understanding. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my sister has hidradenitis suppurativa (hs), it inadvertently break out in boils and cysts in delicate?

A tough problem: Hidradenitis is a tough problem to deal with. It is normal to have flares where an abscess (or boil) will develop leading to pain/infection. There are topical antibiotics that can help, as does good hygiene. Ultimately, the boils may need to be incised to allow the infection to drain out. If the problem is severe enough, it may require cutting out all the tissue and doing reconstruction ...Read more

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I keep getting lumps that look similar to boils/cysts. One of them recently went down to the size of a pea but It won't completely heal. Pus refills it?

Location?: The location of the "Lump" makes a difference. If in the area of Sweat Glands (axilla or groin) then likely should be treated with an antibiotic. Don't squeeze or in any way "Manipulate" these lumps that will make them worse and spread the infection. See your local physician. ...Read more

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I have a boil like cyst that reoccurs on the outside under both my breasts and it irritates the surrounding area what is this?

I have a boil like cyst that reoccurs on the outside under both my breasts and it irritates the surrounding area what is this?

Folliculitis…: Is possible. If these are recurrent is possibly caused by staph bacteria and increasingly more common a specific type of staph bacteria called MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). If this is the case it can be treated with an oral antibiotic and often the concomitant use of an antibiotic ointment intranasally. Occasionally these have to be drained surgically. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a cyst/boil in my pennies without going to a doctor?

How can I get rid of a cyst/boil in my pennies without going to a doctor?

May be....: An infected cyst (abscess) will eventually rupture, drain, and resolve in time; so, you will not need to go to doctor. But to ease the pain and speed up its maturation to rupture, warm pack may help. Of course, if nay doubt, go to see Doc timely. ...Read more

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Can a STI cause boils/cysts in or around the vagina area? Without me knowing?

Boils and Cysts: I do not know of any stds that cause these symptoms. This sounds serious. I hope you are working with your physician to get your skin healed. ...Read more

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Looks like I have a boil or cyst on my right brest and aslo on my stomach. Both popped and bleed also hurt very bad wht can it b?

Looks like I have a boil or cyst on my right brest and aslo on my stomach. Both popped and bleed also hurt very bad wht can it b?

Abscess: You could have an abscess, which is a collection of pus under the skin. See a doctor to get examined. If you do have an abscess, it may have to be drained, and you may need to be on antibiotics. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more