Ganglion cysts are also known as biblical cysts or biblical bumps, although their most common name is "ganglion" and they are small round sacs or bumps filled with viscous synovial fluid.
The size can vary, from that of a pea to almost an inch in diameter. It is a type of benign tumor, in no case contagious, located near the joints or tendons in the fingers, wrists, neck, ankles or soles of the feet:
- They are rounded or oval in shape.
- Their consistency can be hard but also soft and in both cases they can move when touched.
- They are usually seen with the naked eye (it is not frequent but there are also hidden ganglion cysts)
- Its content is viscous or gelatinous, similar to the synovial fluid responsible for lubricating the joints so that they do not rub with movement.
The most common symptoms of a ganglion cyst are:
- Pain and discomfort
- Tingling sensations,
- Muscle numbness or weakness
- Depending on the size, these cysts may feel firm or spongy.
Although the cause that causes it is not known, its appearance is usually sudden and is attributed to overloads in the area or repetitive movements of the affected joint. Also a blow or major bruises can cause it, but sometimes there is no reason to justify it and it comes up without further ado
They are most common in people between the ages of 15 and 40, particularly women and gymnasts who repeatedly apply stress to the wrist. Rarely, they can occur in children under 10 years of age.
You can reduce discomfort with regular use of warm compresses. It will increase blood circulation to the affected area and promote fluid drainage. It will also reduce pain and swelling. However, warm compresses will not prevent the growth of a cyst.
Soak a washcloth in warm water and squeeze out excess water.
Place this warm washcloth directly on the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
Repeat 3 or 4 times a day until the cyst disappears.
Black tea acts as a natural anti-inflammatory reducing pain until it disappears.
Dip a black tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes, remove the remaining water and put the wet sachet on the affected area for 20 minutes, repeat this action for at least 3 times a day for several days.
Ginger's anti-inflammatory property relieves pain and discomfort, as it is an agent that blocks Cox-2 activity, which is likely to cause pain.
Drink homemade ginger tea 2 or 3 times a day, cut it into slices and simmer for 10 minutes.
It increases the level of the appropriate chemical in your body, which stimulates the immune system and helps reduce the ganglion cyst.
Purchase an echinacea cream and apply topically to the cyst. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day until eliminated. Another option is to drink a cup of echinacea herbal tea once or twice daily for no more than a week.
Arnica is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. It also increases blood circulation, which helps the cyst heal faster.
Dilute the arnica essential oil in an equal amount of olive or coconut oil. Apply to the affected area and massage gently. Put a bandage over the area. Do this 2 or 3 times a day for several days.
Alternatively, buy an over-the-counter arnica cream or lotion and apply a thin layer to the affected area several times a day.
Note: Always do a patch test before using arnica. Some people may be sensitive to this.
Its high content of iodine helps reduce inflammation of ganglion cysts. Boil two glasses of water for 15 minutes, add 2 tablespoons of sea salt. Let cool and apply it to the area with a cotton ball. Repeat this action 3 times a day, for 5 days and it will gradually disappear.
It has natural anti-inflammatory components that help in the rapid reduction of ganglion cysts, as well as reducing the swelling of the area. Extract the gel from fresh aloe from one of its leaves and apply it directly to the affected area for about 20 minutes. Then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
It is recommended to eat foods that have anti-inflammatory properties such as: salmon, flax seeds, avocado, ginger, turmeric, olive oil, walnuts, blueberries, blackberries, sweet potatoes and spinach.
Avoid consuming inflammatory products such as soda and foods high in saturated fat.
Ganglion cysts heal with simple medications and home treatments, and sometimes they even go away on their own, but in some cases surgical removal is considered the best option.
See your doctor if necessary or the pain is excessive.