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

Does Bartholin cyst just go away in time?? Does abscesses go away in time?? Can I put it could 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Is a lot of blood coming from Bartholin Cyst/abcess normal?

Is a lot of blood coming from Bartholin Cyst/abcess normal?

If draining: If a bartholin’s cyst ruptures then it will drain. It is usually filled with pus or old brown blood. Consider a virtual visit on Healthtap to confirm the diagnosis ...Read more

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

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

See a doctor: If you have a Bartholin's 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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's 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. ...Read more

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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 public 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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's gland after age 40 usually will lead to consideration of removal of the gland, due to increased risk for cancer. ...Read more

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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". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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 an STD is/was present. ...Read more

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Bartholin cyst — how long does it take to heal after an infection? Pain is grave...

Bartholin cyst — how long does it take to heal after an infection? Pain is grave...

Bartholins cyst : Bartholins cysts take up to two weeks to heal. It will get better faster once it opens and drains and this often requires a doctor to make an incision. If you want to avoid that I would sit in warm water 2-3 times a day for 20 min and use warm compresses. I'm sorry, they can be quite painful. ...Read more

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How to get rid of uninfected bartholin cyst that gets larger after sex but decreases size after 24 hrs. but never completely goes away?

How to get rid of uninfected bartholin cyst that gets larger after sex but decreases size after 24 hrs. but never completely goes away?

Bartholin’s cyst: A Bartholin cyst is a when there is blockage of the Bartholin glands which is a gland in the lower vagina near the opening. There a few surgical techniques that can be used to drain the cyst. ...Read more

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Had a bartholin cyst drained about a 4 weeks ago, the dissolvable stitches are still in there. Can I use a tampon without disrupting them?

Stiches: Absorbable stiches normally come out before 4 weeks. Should be fine to use Tampon and the stiches could certainly be removed by this point I think if they bother you. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if i have a Bartholin cyst or an ingrown hair? What's the difference? There's no pain but i don't see no hair that could be in it?

I'm wondering if i have a Bartholin cyst or an ingrown hair? What's the difference? There's no pain but i don't see no hair that could be in it?

R/O BARTHOLIN CYST: It sounds like you may be describing inflammation of the BARTHOLIN gland just outside the vagina. This can result in cyst formation and abcess. You need a full exam /labs/STD SCREEN. You may require antibiotics and potential a surgical procedure please get prompt evaluation By internist or gyn. ...Read more

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I have had a diagnosis of a bartholin cyst. I had it lanced about 9 months ago. At the time the doctor who lanced it said she didn't manage to get all of it because it went too deep. I had antibiotics and was sent home. It never went away and I've been s

I have had a diagnosis of a bartholin cyst. I had it lanced about 9 months ago. At the time the doctor who lanced it said she didn't manage to get all of it because it went too deep.  I had antibiotics and was sent home.  It never went away and I've been s

Infected?: A Bartholin gland is usually "lanced" when it's infected. This treats the infection, but the gland stays in place, and in these cases there is a very high chance of the gland enlarging and becoming bothersome again (not necessarily infected). The best time to completely remove an enlarged Bartholin gland is when it is not infected, so you may try for a more complete excision at this point. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bartholin cyst?

What is the definition or description of: Bartholin cyst?

Bartholin cyst: Bartholin cyst = A fluid-filled sack/ cyst with in the Bartholin's gland. ...Read more

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What should I do to take care of a bartholin cyst that has ruptured on its own?

What should I do to take care of a bartholin cyst that has ruptured on its own?

Leave alone: Leave alone and keep the area clean with soap and water — just continue to let the cyst drain ...Read more

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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