Types of Cysts
Different types of cysts can form in organs, bones and soft tissues.
Cysts are sacs that form in the body that are filled with fluid, air or
other tissue. It is not always clear what causes cysts to
form although it is thought genetics is related. In many cases, they
cause no symptoms and won't damage your health. Other times cysts may
be caused by infection or parasites.
In polycystic kidney disease, they form in the kidneys or other parts
of the body and can lead to high blood pressure, commonly
known as hypertension. Sometimes, cysts can grow quite large and
threaten your health. They are not cancerous although they could
accompany cancerous tumors in some rare occasions.
There are several types of cysts. Usually the ones that form in the
kidneys or lymph system are filled with fluid. The cysts in the lungs
commonly filled with air. The ones located on the skin can be filled
or pus. In some cases cysts in the organs and muscles form around
Here are a few
of the different types of cysts:
kidney disease or PKD occurs when a cluster of cysts form
on your kidneys that fill with fluid. This condition can also cause
cysts to form in other body organs. The risks associated with these
cysts can be serious. Besides hypertension, it can also lead to kidney
- Breast cysts
are common in women ages 30 to 40. You can have one cyst or several.
These are usually soft and fluid filled but may also feel solid.
Treatment is usually not needed unless cysts become large and painful.
In that instance, draining fluid may be indicated.
ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a complex syndrome
that appears in women that is linked to the reproductive system. When
an ovarian cyst actually interferes with the ability to conceive the
is referred to as the ovarian
cyst infertility. PCOS could be combined to other medical problems
like hypertension, diabetes and
Ovarian cyst treatment often includes making
lifestyle changes like getting more basic exercise and improving the
Sebaceous cysts, they are mostly benign and are formed in external
parts of the body:
These types of cysts are identified by specific
names depending on
- The pilonidal
cysts usually form near the tailbone and is composed of
abnormal tissue, hair and skin debris. When a pilonidal cyst becomes
infected, it can cause pain and the accumulation and discharge of pus.
Treatment includes surgical cyst removal that could possibly be done in
a doctor's office.
- A fluid filled cyst that forms behind your knee is called a
These occur when your knee joint is damaged or irritated and excess
fluid is produced that then accumulates behind the knee. This can cause
pain and stiffness. Treatment includes treating the underlying cause of
the joint irritation and managing discomfort symptoms.
- Ganglion cysts
are lumps that develop along your wrists or feet. They may pop up
suddenly or grow slowly over time. It is not known what causes them and
they usually do not create symptoms or need treatment, but will
eventually fade away on their own.
the case of pilar cysts,
known as scalp cysts (which are bumps in the scalp), a diet
consisting of fresh food and reduced unhealthy fat along with the use
a natural essential oil (with a carrier oil such as jojoba oil) over
the cysts about 3 times daily is believed to help control the
tree oil, manuka
oil or the
oil. These oils are also beneficial in mild acne problems
for many individuals. If needed a basic cyst removal will be performed
As you can see, there are many ways that different types of cysts can
appear in the body and therefore a wide range of cyst symptoms that you
experience. Common symptoms associated with them include pain over the
affected area, reddish color in the region and a bump. If a
cyst becomes infected you may
notice other symptoms like: fever, chills and feeling run down.
Treatment for cysts varies as well. Many times no treatment is
Other times the symptoms must be treated to prevent further
kidney damage. When cysts grow too large, or become infected, they
begin to threaten your health and surgical removal or drainage may be
indicated. In the case of complex medical conditions
like polycystic kidney disease and the PCOS, medical intervention
through the use of medications may be needed.
Sometimes you can treat cysts naturally. For instance, breast cysts
seem to be linked to caffeine consumption. It is thought that drinking
caffeine affects hormone levels that stimulate the growth of cysts.
fresh fruits, drink more water and natural juices; eliminating coffee
and artificial soft drinks may be able to reduce the number or size of
the cysts and lessen the associated pain.
When treating the different types of cysts that form in
rest, ice, compression and elevation home
remedy may help. Protect the joint by keeping weight off it,
use ice to help control pain and swelling, apply a compression bandage
and keep the joint elevated.
Remedies for polycystic ovary syndrome may be of benefit. These
include controlling carbohydrates and fats. The condition is linked to insulin
resistance, maintaining an ideal body weight and steady blood glucose
levels may help relieve some of the symptoms associated with this
If you have concerns about a cyst growth or
are experiencing unpleasant symptoms, you should seek medical help as
soon as possible to
put your mind at ease.
Your doctor can easily diagnose it and recognize it from a
tumor with a simple test.
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