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This week I had my third bartholin's cyst, but unlike the first two, it became infected and incredibly painful. It got to the point where I couldn't even walk and was in the worst pain I've ever experienced. I was trying all the homeopathic remedies, but this morning I had enough and went to emergency services. On the car ride over though, my cyst ruptured. Once I got to the hospital I still wanted to be seen though just to check what was happening was normal and because even though I felt relief after it burst, it wasn't complete relief and it was still a bit painful to walk or stand. After seven hours in the waiting room, a doctor saw me, but by this point he said I didn't need any packing and it would probably get smaller once it stopped draining and everything was normal and fine. But, he spent so few minutes with me, I'm still a bit confused about the recovery.
When I asked him about bathing, he told me to take 3-4 baths a day to keep the wound open and to let it heal. But, later when the nurse was discharging me, I asked her when I should start the baths (because I wanted to shower as soon as I got home) and she said to avoid taking baths and showers til it was completley healed because you don't want water in the opening. Does anyone know which is right? Did she mean once the cyst stops draining then I should start bathing or did she mean til it was completely over? Also, even though it ruptured and is still draining, there is still a lump and still sort of sore, is this normal? I'm hoping by tomorrow it will have reduced. Last question, when can I have sex again? I read that when you get a cyst drained at the doctor's, you should wait two weeks, but this ruptured naturally, so I was wondering if there is a difference.
Sorry for all the questions and information, the doctor only spent a few minutes with me and I couldn't get any answers.
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