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So my tiel has developed another feather cyst right beside his old one (crest area, which i lanced myself) and it seems like it will always just be this way. What happens if i just leave it alone? Do i have to lance it? can i not just leave it and perhaps it will open on its own if he happens to scratch his head? will it get infected? my old tiel never had a feather cyst so this is my first experience with it. I lanced his previous one but gotta say it was not a pleasant experience for the both of us. And id rather not spend 100$ to the vet just for something like this, unless it is actually harmful to him.
 

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Feather cysts are usually a chronic problem, because once a follicle becomes ingrown, it will continue to do so. A vet can do a laser surgery procedure to kill the follicle permanently, but it is rather invasive and expensive. You generally can't just leave a feather cyst alone -- it will continue to become increasingly inflamed and may become infected or may cause the bird to self-mutilate. There is nothing wrong with continuing to lace it yourself (and it will get easier) but consultation with a vet to explore all your options wouldn't be a bad decision either.
 

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ok so if i was to lance it, what can i do to avoid infection? I dip a Q-tip in some hydrogen peroxide but is that enough? I read to use Neosporin without steroids but im not sure about that. I sterilize my tools in boilind water for 10 min or so, but what else can i do?
 

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I think that should be fine. My vet didn't even use a topical antibiotic when he lanced cysts for my birds in the past. Just make sure your needle is sterile.
 

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Be careful not to use too much peroxide to avoid having it flow towards his eyes, nasal passages, mouth or ears since it flows like water and is a strong irritant.
 
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