Dermatologists located in Bluefield, Radford and Wytheville, VA and Beckley, Princeton and Oak Hill, WV


Cysts are sac-like structures filled with fluid, air, or other substances that usually develop just beneath the skin. At Derm One, with locations in Bluefield, Radford, and Wytheville, Virginia, as well as Beckley, Princeton, and Oak Hills, West Virginia, the dermatology team offers comprehensive care for cysts, including symptom evaluation, treatment options, and prevention strategies. If you suspect you have a cyst, call one of the offices to set up an appointment or use the online tool to book your visit.

What is a skin cyst?

A skin cyst is a closed, sac-like structure that can form beneath the skin. It typically contains fluid, semi-fluid, or other materials, which can vary in size. Cysts can develop due to many reasons, including infection, blockage of sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands), or developmental abnormalities.

They can appear anywhere but are common on the neck, upper back, scalp, and hands.

One common form of skin cyst, cystic acne, happens when your skin’s pores become blocked, causing inflammation and infection. 

How do I know I have a cyst?

Cysts often show up as a lump or bump beneath the skin. You may also notice:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Drainage of fluid or pus

Cysts are usually noncancerous and not harmful. Many cysts go away on their own without any treatment. 

If you notice any changes in size, color, or symptoms associated with a cyst, make an appointment at Derm One right away. Some cysts may look like skin cancer and need to be sent to a lab for testing. If a cyst becomes painful, red, or shows signs of infection, you should also make an appointment.

How can I prevent cysts?

While it's not always possible to prevent cysts, maintaining good skin hygiene and avoiding squeezing or manipulating existing cysts can help reduce the risk of infection or inflammation. If you're prone to cysts, the providers at Derm One can offer prevention tips.

Can cysts spread to other people?

Cysts are not typically contagious. They usually form due to factors within your body, such as gland blockages or developmental issues, rather than external factors like infections.

What treatment options are available for cysts?

Treatment varies based on the type and location of the cyst. In some cases, your provider may recommend drainage or removal, especially if the cyst is painful, infected, or cosmetically concerning. Drainage involves inserting a needle or catheter into the cyst, but this method might allow the cyst to recur. 

The team uses surgical excision to completely remove the cyst and reduce the risk of recurrence. 

Call one of the offices of Derm One if you have a bothersome or worrisome cyst. You can also use this website to set up an appointment.