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How Do I Treat a Cyst with Pus?

By Madeleine A.
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Treating a cyst with pus usually involves the application of warm compresses to the area and possibly taking antibiotics. These cysts are caused by a bacterial infection that can be highly contagious and spread to other people or to different locations on the body. Generally, a cyst will heal slowly unless the pus drains naturally or is drained by a doctor. A cyst with pus is sometimes referred to as an abscess, and can appear anywhere on the body, including the mouth.

A cyst with pus should always be evaluated by a health care professional who can recommend an effective treatment plan. Home remedies for treating a cyst with pus include placing a hot compress on the area several times per day. This will help speed healing and will also encourage the cyst to drain. It is never recommended to attempt to squeeze the cyst or try to lance it at home, since this can greatly increase the risk of spreading the infection.

Topical or oral antibiotics are often prescribed to treat a cyst with pus. Occasionally, the health care provider will prescribe a combination of both, especially if the cyst is deep. Also, the colors and characteristics of pus are not indicators of the type or severity of the infections, as cysts containing minimal amounts of white pus can be equally infectious as cysts containing large amounts of darkly colored, thick pus.

The color of pus in a cyst generally ranges from white to dark brown, with colors of yellow and green, in between. Pink or deep red pus can also occur and this happens when blood is mixed with the pus. In addition to antibiotics, the health care provider may also recommend antibacterial soaps. Scrupulous hygiene is extremely important when touching an infected cyst to prevent the infection from spreading. The hands should be washed well before and after coming in contact with the infection and hot compresses should be changed after every use.

Sometimes, a cyst with pus can become so severe that it causes systemic symptoms to occur. These may include fever, chills, nausea, and body aches. In addition, headache, dizziness, and fatigue can occur. The health care provider needs to be notified at once when systemic, or body-wide, symptoms occur to avoid the risk of a serious blood infection.

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Discussion Comments
By anon994299 — On Jan 29, 2016

I have a cyst between my scrotum and anus. It popped once with blood and white pus. The second time it popped it had a thick brown pus. What does it all mean? Thanks for the help.

By Roykhole — On Jan 16, 2014

I tried the shampoo and pills, but they don't work.

By anon311148 — On Dec 30, 2012

Thank you for posting this. I just had a cyst on my scalp that got all huge and then started to pus. I wasn't sure if I should squeeze that out or not. This post was right on! Many said to squeeze it out but after talking to my doctor he said that what I did (what you posted: keep it clean, wash with antibacterial soap (dial) and I actually also put some gauze on it to help keep it clean and help with the drainage -and leakage!) was the right thing to do.

Also, one may want to see a general practitioner or dermatologist if this occurs, so you can be sure you don't have an infection and that the cyst is benign. Again, thanks for your knowledgeable and helpful post.

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