Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
- Surgical excision—The doctor removes the entire cyst, including its contents and cyst wall.
- Surgical drainage—This involves cutting open the cyst, draining the contents, and removing the cyst wall. The cyst might come back, though.
- Steroid injection—This involves injecting steroids into the cyst to reduce inflammation. The cyst is not removed, though.
- Antibiotics—These may be prescribed to reduce the risk of an infection after surgery or drainage.
If you are diagnosed with an epidermal cyst, follow your doctor's instructions .