In January 2011 I realized that I have Bartholin cyst. I went to the Student Health Center in my university and got it treated. The doctor drained the cyst and prescribed me some antibiotics. The cyst came back twice after the first treatment. Third time the doctor drained the cyst and filled it with a gauge. Which she changed four times with a gap of 3 days. Unfortunately, the cyst came back after 2 months. And this time it had become very very big. The whole labia was swollen and it had become the size of a big golf ball. This time the doctor said that there is so much swelling that she is not able to identify where the blockage was. She drained the gland to some extent after which she packed it with a gauge, gave me some antibiotics. She said that the labia is still swollen and that it might be because of infection or inflammation. It has been 2 days and the swelling has not gone down a bit. Can someone tell me what can be the reason for the swelling?
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.
What you are having is a recurring bartholin's cyst and i agree with your doctor that the swelling is maybe due to to the cyst being infected. It is good that you have got it incised. But now you need a course of antibiotics for 3-4 weeks so that the infection and inflammation subsides. Along with them you need oral antibiotics as well.
Once a recurrent cyst has been cooled off, a procedure called a marsupialization can be carried out in which the fluid from the cyst is drained and then the lining of the cyst wall is sutured to the overlying skin in such a way as to create a permanent drain site. This usually prevents recurrence of the cyst.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.
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