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The Doctors watch a cringe-worthy video of a Texas man having his niece help to drain his giant cyst on his face. The man initially went to a medical facility four months prior to this but was turned away due to lack of insurance. After loads of pain, he enlisted the help of his niece to drain the cyst.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra says while it’s tempting to try and relieve a cyst yourself, it’s not a good idea. First off, there was no anesthesia, so it was likely very painful. Also, when you extract the contents of the cyst you are not taking out the capsule so it is likely to reoccur. Additionally, if done like this, the environment could be unsterile and therefore introducing bacteria to the spot, making matters worse.
Dr. Batra says this is a sad statement about healthcare in our country. This man didn’t get the proper care he needed because of insurance. If he was able to handle it early on, he could have been given a cortisone shot to prevent the cyst from growing so large.
A less expensive way to get healthcare is to visit a university or a county hospital where they have reduced-fee clinics. It may require some paperwork but it is ultimately cost-effective. Parenting expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa says she works at a federally qualified healthcare center, and they are good places to get quality care, not for free, but they are based on a sliding scale and can help patients figure out their finances.
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry wants viewers to know that even at a charity hospital or teaching facility the doctors there do care! Don’t be reluctant to get help and stay at home like this man did! In the long run, doing DIY surgery will lead to greater medical expenses down the line if the situation becomes more dangerous.