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Skin Pseudocyst


A skin pseudocyst is a pocket of fluid that forms under the skin. The most common areas for a skin pseudocyst to form are a finger or toe. The ear is possible but less common. A skin pseudocyst may develop after long-term irritation or repeated injury to the area.


Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your incision checked or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care for your incision:

If your healthcare provider has drained your skin pseudocyst, you will need to care for your incision as directed.

  • Wash your hands before you touch or clean your incision.
  • Check for signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, and pain.
  • Change the bandages as directed. Ask which kind of bandages you should use.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Fluid builds up again in the same area.
  • Your incision becomes red, swollen, or painful.
  • You cannot bend your finger or toe.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have red streaks or extreme pain near your wound.
  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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