Doctors emphasize that swollen lymph nodes are not fatal. However, they may point to more severe conditions.
Is it a Cyst?
Cysts, by definition, are “capsules” or “sacs” that form in the skin or inside the body. That’s the reason why some cysts manifest as bukol that we can see and feel, while others are not visible.
Doctors explain that cysts are not solid. They are filled with fluids and other semisolid materials.
The Common Causes of Cyst
Interestingly, most cysts occur for no apparent reason. However, some of the known causes are:
- The presence of a parasite
- A trauma or injury that “pops” a blood vessel
- Defects in the cell
- Fluid buildup due to blockages in ducts
How to Tell if the Bukol is a Cyst
Usually, a cyst feels like a small bukol under the skin and when you press them, they feel smooth and may roll or move a little. While usually benign, they may cause other symptoms depending on where they are located.
People often see or feel cysts in the following areas:
- Skin. Common locations of skin cysts are at the scalp, the back of the neck, or the upper back. Skin cysts usually look smooth and flesh-colored or whitish-yellow.
- Wrists. A cyst or bukol in the wrist may grow suddenly and can even weaken a patient’s grip.
- Knees. When you bend your knee and feel a cyst like a hardboiled egg, you may have what doctors call as Baker’s cyst. Because of knee cysts, your joints may feel swollen or tight.
- Breasts. Although you may not see a cyst in your breast, you may feel or palpate it when you perform a breast self-exam. A cyst or bukol sa dibdib usually feels tender and may change in size and sensitivity depending on the stage of the menstrual cycle. NOTE: If you feel a lump in your breast, consult your doctor immediately for evaluation.
- Ovaries. You will not be able to feel a lump or bukol sa obaryo, but you will most likely develop symptoms like irregular menstruation and mild spotting. Furthermore, if the cyst bursts, you may feel a sudden, severe pain in the lower abdomen. If you experience this, seek medical help right away.
When to See a Doctor
According to reports, many kinds of cysts that grow in the wrist and ovary go away on their own. Others, on the other hand, need to be drained or treated, especially if they are causing symptoms.
The general rule is if you feel unusual swelling or bukol in your body, you must consult a doctor and have them evaluated. Upon evaluation and the doctors see that the mass is solid, you may need further assessment as it could be a tumor. This is because unlike cysts which are fluid-filled, tumors are hard masses, meaning they are firm and solid. Additionally, you cannot easily move tumors as you can with cysts.
Doctors will be able to tell if the tumor is benign or malignant through a biopsy. The idea is to take a tissue sample from the lump or bukol and test if they are cancerous.
When we develop lumps or bukol anywhere in our body, it’s normal to be worried. The best course of action is to see a doctor. If it’s just kulani or swollen lymph nodes, then you will receive help for the condition that caused it. Should it be a cyst, then the doctor will tell you whether or not you need further medical treatment.
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