How to deal with ganglion cysts
Ganglion cysts are tiny, round sacs or lumps that are filled with a viscous synovial fluid. The size of the lumps ranges from pea-size to an inch in diameter. The cysts usually develop on the joint or tendons in the wrist, fingers, soles and ankles of the feet.
Common symptoms of ganglion cysts include pain and discomfort with tingling sensations, numbness and weakness of the muscle. The cysts can be firm or spongy.
Causes of ganglion cysts
- Ganglion cysts can be caused by irritation on the joint or tendon or mechanical changes.
- It usually happens between ages 15-40 years old especially women and gymnasts who repeatedly place stress on the wrist.
- Sometimes, this condition can also happen in children below 10 years old.
- Those who are suffering from osteoarthritis and with damaged joints and tendons are susceptible to ganglion cysts.
- Apply a warm compress on the affected area since it increases the circulation of blood and proper fluid drainage. A warm compress also lessens the pain and swelling. Soak a small cloth in warm water and wring out excess and apply the warm cloth on the affected area for at least 5-10 minutes for 3-4 times every day until the cysts disappears.
- Avoid puncturing the cysts with the use of a needle to prevent making the condition worse.
- Using black tea prevents the condition from becoming worse. It has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the pain and swelling. Soak a black tea bag using warm water for at least 5 minutes, remove and wring out excess water. Apply the warm tea bag on the affected area for at least 10 minutes. Perform this remedy several times every day.
- Epsom salt will lessen and heal the cysts in a few days and also reduce the pain and inflammation caused by ganglion cysts. Mix a tablespoon of Epsom salt to 1-2 cups of warm water and then soak the affected area in the solution for at least 20-30 minutes every day for several days.
- Apply 2 drops of frankincense oil on the cysts and then cover with a clean bandage every day until the size of the ganglion cyst has been reduced. Continue with this procedure for a couple of weeks to minimize the risk of recurrence of the condition. Frankincense is an astringent that can reduce the size of the ganglion cyst and prevents from recurring and lessen pain.
- Drink ginger tea to minimize the severe pain caused by the ganglion cysts.
- Apply fresh turmeric juice on the affected area at least 2-3 times every day for several days. Another way is take a prescribed herb supplement every day.
- Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as salmon, avocados, ginger, turmeric, flaxseeds, olive oil, walnuts and sweet potatoes. Avoid foods that can cause inflammation such as white rice, white flour, soda, sugary foods and foods that are rich in saturated fats.