Mucous cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that tend to develop in the mouth or on the fingers and toes.
They are not harmful, but they can be uncomfortable.
There are several options for removing them.
This article looks at the different types of mucous cyst, their causes, and how they can be treated.
Can I drain a cyst myself?
If it becomes swollen or tender, home treatments may help. Putting a warm moist compress over the cyst may help it drain, for instance. Resist any temptation to pop or squeeze the cyst, like a pimple. But if it’s inflamed and causing discomfort, you should see a doctor.
Can you pop a mucous cyst on finger?
However, sometimes a mucous cyst will rupture. When a rupture occurs, it creates a path directly from the skin into the joint where bacteria can enter and cause a serious infection. For this reason, a mucous cyst should never be punctured at home due to the risk of contamination or infection of the joint area.
Can I pop a myxoid cyst?
Myxoid cysts that grow under the nail are rare. These can be painful, depending on how much the cyst changes the nail shape. When you injure a myxoid cyst, it may leak a sticky fluid. You should see your doctor if a cyst shows signs of infection.
How do you treat a mucous cyst on your finger at home?
Medical care for digital mucous cysts (DMCs) includes the following:
- Local heat.
- Occlusive treatment with topical steroids and Cordran tape.
- Intralesional corticosteroids.
- Home remedies – Salves, poultices, and plasters.
- Application of heparin cream.
- Silver nitrate.