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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.