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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Bartholin's abscess or cyst?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for Bartholin's abscess or cyst?

No: The bartholin's duct cyst--abcess sometiimes can be opened and drained, but many times, to prevent it from returning the gland is surgically removed completely under anesthesia.

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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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Does Bartholin cyst just go away in time?? Does abscesses go away in time?? Can I put it cold compress??

Does Bartholin cyst just go away in time?? Does abscesses go away in time?? Can I put it cold compress??

Warm compresses: Warm compresses are better than cold to help the cyst drain. Bartholin's gland cysts sometimes go away on their own but sometimes they have to be surgically drained and packed in order to heal up. Any abscess that does not drain fully may need to be surgically opened and drained to resolve. If it is not resolving with warm soaks and compresses see a doctor.

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I believe I have a bartholin cyst or abscess its grown in the last week today the pain is so extreme I can barely walk what should I do?

I believe I have a bartholin cyst or abscess its grown in the last week today the pain is so extreme I can barely walk what should I do?

Bartholin gland: Bartholin glands can become cysts then get infected and cause some pretty bad pain. I would recommend getting seen by your doctor ASAP or visiting an ER for evaluation. They're often treated with drainage and antibiotics, both of which can get you feeling back to normal soon.

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Lymphedema on the loose skin of the labia after vulvar abscess surgery. It looks like a bartholin cyst but painless. How can I make it shrink?

Lymphedema on the loose skin of the labia after vulvar abscess surgery. It looks like a bartholin cyst but painless. How can I make it shrink?

Heat packs and time: Healing is promoted by blood flow which can be enhanced with warmth and continued good health and exercise. Don't smoke and give it some time. Your body will reabsorb the fluid. Some compression to the area or a pillow to lift your bottom when you're sleeping may help the fluid travel back up. Good luck!

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Bartholin cyst (abcess I think) while on period. Leions and very painful. Pain in groin also. Help!

Bartholin cyst (abcess I think) while on period. Leions and very painful. Pain in groin also. Help!

See a doctor: If you have a bartholin gland abscess you need antibioitics and possibly drainage. When someone figures out a way for me to do this procedure for you via the internet, then i'd be happy to help. In the mean time, go see a doctor in your area.

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How to cure bartholin cyst?

How to cure bartholin cyst?

I & D or removal: You can have a GYN MD do an incision and drainage but it may return, or you can have the MD remove the cyst entirely.

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Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Bartholin abscess - treatment time with antibiotics vs drainage?

Treatment time: For most abscesses, treatment is faster with drainage vs just taking an antibiotic. And, often, drainage is the only treatment that is needed. However, many physicians will use both approaches to try to clear an abscess.

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I have a Bartholin Abscess the size of a golf ball which is causing me extreme pain sitting and walking should I go to outpatients to have it treated?

Yes: Bartholin glands are normal, but when one becomes blocked and forms a large painful cyst this will usually keep coming back unless it is removed. If it becomes infected (abscess), that complicates things further because it tends to worsen and makes removal more difficult. At home, there's no curative treatment, but warm compresses may help until you can be seen. Do be seen by primary care or GYN.

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Bartholin abscess help! Do I need surgery if returns?

Bartholin abscess help! Do I need surgery if returns?

Maybe: If the gland becomes infected again, then incision and drainage is appropriate.

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Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Bartholin abscess drained but am concerned about germs that caused it?

Normal bacteria: A bartholin gland abscess is caused by normal skin bacteria most of the time. Once it has been drained, normal antibiotics should be able to clear it up.

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I had bartholin abscess twice, the last one was 2yrs ago. This time I had a vulvar abscess growth close to my bladder 5 days ago. Why having this?

I had bartholin abscess twice, the last one was 2yrs ago. This time I had a vulvar abscess growth close to my bladder 5 days ago. Why having this?

Recurrent infection: Sometimes some women get recurrent pubic infections that require chronic suppression with hormonal control or antibiotics. It would be worthwhile to discuss that with a doctor and see if you have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. Avoid shaving because that can irritate that skin. Also make sure you don't have diabetes or anything affecting your immunity predisposing you to infection.

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I had a Bartholin abscess that resolved on its own last week, and now have one on the other side. How likely is it that it is caused by STD?

I had a Bartholin abscess that resolved on its own last week, and now have one on the other side. How likely is it that it is caused by STD?

STD possible: If you are performing at risk sexual behavior or your partner is doing the same, then it is possible that the Bartholin gland infection may have been triggered by an STD. A recurring Bartholin infection is a concern as the first episode was not thoroughly treated and the causing bacteria were not eradicated. See a GYN MD soon and get STD tested and Rx for the Bartholin gland infection.

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I had a bartholin abscess in between my legs. I was told to wear cotton. I can't find 100% cotton. Includes spandex or/and nylon. Is that ok?

I had a bartholin abscess in between my legs. I was told to wear cotton. I can't find 100% cotton. Includes spandex or/and nylon. Is that ok?

Underwear breathes: Mostly cotton underwear breathes well and will be fine. If you are resting at home, wearing loose shorts and no underwear is another alternative.

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Bartholin abscess removal or marsup...?

Bartholin abscess removal or marsup...?

Depends: Bartholin abscess is usually incised and drained at first diagnosis. Recurrence in less than 6 months usually leads to marsupialization procedure. New or recurrent symptoms in the bartholin gland after age 40 usually will lead to consideration of removal of the gland, due to increased risk for cancer.

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How do I know if a bartholin cyst is infected?

How do I know if a bartholin cyst is infected?

Pain pus & temp: You will definitely know if there is pain, elevated temperature and/or pus extruding from the Bartholin gland. Usually infected glands make it extremely "difficult to walk: or sit".

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Bartholin cyst vs herpes which is more dangerous?

Bartholin cyst vs herpes which is more dangerous?

Herpes simplex: Neither is particularly dangerous, assuming you are referring to topical herpetic infection of the skin or mucous membranes. Comparing degrees of severity makes no sense.

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Bartholin cyst developed...should I remove it before being pregnant....

No: No does not need removal unless you are having symptoms (usually pain)

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If I had a bartholin cyst that cleared up in 3 days, does that mean I have an STI?

Not necessarily: The best way to know if an STD is present or not is STD testing and GYN MD examination. A benign Bartholin cyst that resolves does not necessarily portend that a STD is/was present.

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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more