bartholin cyst abscess :(

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I am 26 yr old and I've had bartholin Cyst since I was 20. I've already got this cyst drained onces year ago when it become abcess and then few weeks later it came back and burst by it self. Now, after year and 3 months later i got the abcess again and it grew triple in size overnight and light discomfort with very little pain. I just wanted to see if there is a permanent solution to this as this is getting very irrated and making me depressed. Also, i've notice everytime i've been on course of amoxicillin for any other treatment this cyst has always turned into a abcess. Can it be that the abcess is getting triggered by amoxicillin. I know amoxicillin is antibiotics but even for the first 2 abcess it happened when i was on amoxicillin for my tooth ache.

hope somebody can help me out to find cause and the solution for this painfull problem...

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    I am not sure where you are located, but here in the united states, the permanent solution is removal of the entire gland. From what I could tell through my research, that's the way to get rid of them for good. I am 6 weeks post-op removal of both bartholin glands, and while it was a painful recovery, it's better than dealing with swollen painful glands for the rest of my life! I thought I saw some research of a laser therapy, but I can't remember where that was. I don't know why you would get them while taking that antibiotic other than maybe your immunity is already compromised from the tooth infection. Different classes of antibiotics work for different types of infections. So unless the doctor has cultured your cyst when it drains/bursts, you really can't tell which antibiotic will clear up the infection in the cyst. It may never be actually going away...just dormant until you become immuo-compromised by having another infection and then it flares up again.

    Good luck! Hope you are able to find a solution that works for you!!

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      Many are hesitant to do so. I actually went to 3 gyno's before I found one that would take both out at the same time. (I had cysts on both sides...possibly from bike riding??). And by no means was it a fun recovery...but I am glad to be moving on with my life!!! Good luck!!!!
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    I'm in the UK and had 5 abcesses in 4 months,9 lots of antibiotics,and eventually  marsupulisation and gland removal. Problem is, my swabs never 'grew' any obvious bacteria so all very odd! They only showed my own bodily flora so I guess its not surprising that antibiotics couldn't be chosen to target anything specific. I had a very experienced consultant who said there is often no real cause for these cysts, the duct may get blocked, and if it then gets infected, that's when it gets so swollen and painful. The oly permanent solution is to remove the gland but our doctors seem to favour either having a word catheter inserted in the hopes a new duct/outlet will form, or marsupulisation which creates a permanent outlet for any secretions...then gland removal if that fails. It does seem to depend on their experience and favoured treatment though...
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    Mine were never infected either...sometimes sore...but not infected. I too had them drained and the marsup thing done....neither worked....and I was miserable! You don't need both glands removed if both not troublesome. I had a very large cyst on the right causing hip ended up being so deep it was against the prudental nerves...bigger than a ping pong ball...the left side was only about the size of a quarter...but I figured if I was getting one out and the other was already big...might as well get both out! Finding a doc that would do both was hard. But worth it for me in the end! I am an avid sports person...and being able to not do the things I love to do was very depressing!
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