Abscess & Cysts
When fluid collects under the skin or around a joint, it can create a cyst. These pockets of fluid are not dangerous, but they can cause pain or discomfort. If you have a lump you can feel, it may be a benign cyst, but it could also be an infected abscess. At Primary Care Joliet, we can provide abscess and cysts diagnosis and treatment at our medical centers in Joliet and Wilmington, IL.
What Are Cysts?
Cysts are closed pockets of membranes that contain fluid or gaseous materials. These growths can occur almost anywhere on the body, but are common in the skin, breast tissue, ovaries and near joints. Most cysts are benign, but there are some that can be precancerous. Even if a cyst is benign, it can still cause pain or discomfort.
Treatment for cysts depends on where they are located and whether they pose a health or comfort concern. Skin or joint cysts that are painful or aesthetically displeasing can often be drained. However, drained cysts can fill with fluid or other materials again. Recurring cysts may need to be surgically removed.
What Are Abscesses?
Abscesses are pockets of pus that can occur in the skin or throughout the body. Most abscesses are caused by bacteria – the body’s immune system sends white blood cells to combat the bacteria, resulting in the formation of a pocket of pus. Abscesses can be painful, and they may pose a risk of infection spreading to other areas of the body.
Treatment for abscesses depends on where they are located. Many can be drained and sterilized in a quick outpatient procedure. Antibiotics may be prescribed for severe infections and to prevent the spread of infection. Internal abscesses may require surgical intervention.
If you have bumps under your skin that are painful or inflamed, or lumps you can feel by joints, you may have a cyst or abscess. For diagnosis and treatment for cysts and abscesses, come see our team at Primary Care Joliet. Call the clinic nearest you in Joliet or Wilmington, IL, to book your appointment to see one of our experienced primary care providers.