What are the treatments for a Bartholin cyst?

Treatment for Bartholin cysts depends on the symptoms. If a cyst is small and doesn't appear infected, it does not need treatment. However, your doctor may recommend watching it for growth.

If the area has signs of infection and is painful, your doctor may recommend self-care treatments including sitting in a warm bath a few times a day for several days. This may help drain the cyst and relieve pain. Over-the-counter pain medications can also help ease discomfort.

If symptoms persist or the cyst grows, then you may be developing a Bartholin's abscess. Your doctor may want to drain the abscess or give you antibiotics.

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