Facts about Cysts
Cysts are lumps which can grow on our body for many different reasons. Also, we can have them in every possible part of our body, inner or outer. They may contain fluids, be created due to skin cell anomalies, infections and many other different causes. Tumors may be behind the formations of cysts as well. As far as cysts possibly appearing on our legs, they usually form upon our knee area or along the bones. These cysts are painful since our legs carry a significant amount of our weight which applies pressure. Finally, cysts may vary in size and shape, as well as in pain and complications that can go hand-in-hand with them. Thus, some cysts are more dangerous and life-threatening than the others.
Cysts Appearing on Leg
The first case of leg cyst involves the Baker's cyst. This anomaly takes place due to leakage of fluids from the knee, in the area behind it. This leakage happens due to cartilage damage or tearing and forms the cyst which, in the long run may trigger numerous problems. Some of these are osteoarthritis, blood clots or even muscle damage.
Apart from being behind the knee or around the knee area, cysts may be formed in the bone marrow inside our leg bones. This formation leads to severe inflammation and pain, getting worse in time. The affected area is prone to swelling, high temperature, tenderness and movement restriction.
Another dangerous thing about cysts is that they can burst. Depending on the number of cysts a person have and the quantity of them which are ruptured, numerous different problems may appear, some even being life-threatening. Edemas, deep vein thrombosis and cystic fibrosis, all represent some of the worst case scenarios for people who suffer from cysts in legs.
Diagnosis and Possible Treatment of LegCysts
Some cysts are visible on the outside and can be touched and therefore felt. However, those which are internal have to be located by MRI or other types of scans. Once, a cyst has been diagnosed, proper treatment is recommended, based on the characteristics of the problematic cyst itself.
Aspirins are recommended for reducing the pain, while specific anti-inflammatory medications are prescribed for stopping the inflammations caused by cystic activity. If there is no improvement, the cyst may have to be surgically removed.
Also, if the patient suffers from a ruptured cyst, he or she has to be administered with anti-inflammatory injections directly in the troublesome area, usually involving the knee.
Ice and heat applications are known to reduce swelling, pain and inflammations. Thus, these are a part of the therapy as well. Resting and, sometimes, knee immobilization is needed for ensuring proper recovery and a successful treatment.