If on skin, apply a warm compress for up to 15 minutes, three to four times daily until the cyst drains, but don't try to pop it due to infection risk.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Severe pain
  • Fever, redness, or warmth

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Painful
  • New, unusual, or enlarging growth

Last Updated May 24, 2018

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