Treatment for Breast Cysts
Although breast cysts don’t tend to be dangerous, it’s a good idea to talk to your gynecologist so she can examine you and give you an accurate diagnosis.
Breast cysts are small sacs of liquid that form in breast tissue. They can be alarming for a lot of women when they do a self breast exam and feel them, but they’re actually benign and not often serious.
They appear in one or both breasts and generally feel like a grape or ball filled with water. Size and shape can vary. They are very common in women between 30 and 60, but they can appear at any age since they have many different causes.
Today there are several ways of treating breast cysts that address their tendency to continue to grow, as well as the pain and inflammation. We’d like to take this opportunity to share their main causes and treatment options.
What causes breast cysts?
Breast cysts are caused by benign changes in the mammary glands. Often, they’re the result of a blockage of the lobule outlets in the breasts, and this causes fluid accumulation.
Their exact cause isn’t known. However, they are associated with:
- Sudden hormonal changes, during or after menopause
- Being overweight or obese
- Excessive consumption of alcohol or smoking
- Poor diet
Symptoms of breast cysts
Breast cysts may form in one or both breasts. The symptoms vary in each individual person, depending on which stage it is detected in. Generally, they manifest with signs such as:
- Round or oval bulges or balls, varied in shape, noticeable to the touch
- Pain in one or several areas of the breasts
- Sensitivity in the area of the lump
- Transparent or yellow secretion from the nipples
Treatment for breast cysts
Some cysts are so small that they can only be detected with the use of mammograms or mammary ultrasounds. While they’re not a big problem, your doctor will want to check them to make sure you won’t have any complications. If your doctor notices that they’re growing in size, they may suggest:
Draining them with a needle
The majority of cysts are not cancerous; that said, they should be drained and removed so that they do not cause discomfort or pain. If they’re large enough to palpate, the doctor may take care of them by draining them with a hypodermic needle.
- It can be an uncomfortable treatment, but it isn’t painful and it only last a couple of minutes.
- Once done, the cysts are significantly smaller and may even appear to have disappeared.
- If the lumps reappear, the procedure can be repeated.
When the cysts are caused by certain hormonal imbalances, the doctor may suggest contraceptives or other hormonal treatments to keep them from coming back.
In this case, they will evaluate the possible side effects and the patient’s state of health, since this isn’t always the best option. In fact, this treatment is only recommended for women with fairly serious breast cysts.
Surgery to remove the breast cysts
Breast cyst removal surgery is only necessary in atypical situations or if the doctor sees any reason for concern. Doctors consider this option if:
- The cyst causes daily discomfort.
- The cyst reappears month after month after draining.
- The fluid sac contains blood or looks worrisome.
- The tumor is cancerous.
Certain natural remedies can help with pain related to breast cysts. Also, making some dietary changes can help eliminate them and prevent them.
Hot – cold compresses
The application of cold or hot compresses helps soothe sensitive breasts. They have an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect that can give you relief from the pain within minutes.
The diuretic, detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties of certain natural infusions and teas can help reduce the size of cysts. Try these teas:
- Green tea
A healthy, balanced diet, rich in vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids, can go a long way when you have breast cysts, besides being good for your overall health. On the other hand, consumption of too much salt, processed food, food with high fat content, and caffeine is not recommended.
Do you feel a strange lump in your breast? While it isn’t anything to be afraid of, the best thing to do is consult your doctor to determine its origin and severity.