If you have a ganglion cyst* on your hand or foot, the treatments can be painful, if not dire:

 you can go to your doctor who will insert a big needle and drain the cyst (ouch!),
you can have surgery- expensive and painful – double ouch
or the old folk remedy is to hit it with the family bible – triple ouch!

I haven’t tried the surgery or the family bible remedy, but I have had a ganglion drained- it wasn’t fun, and it did grow back after about a year.

The next time it appeared, I worked out my own remedy- cheap, relatively painless, and effective- the ganglion hasn’t re-appeared and it’s been a few years now.

* Of course, you need to go to your doctor to get any lump checked- don't just assume it's a ganglion.

 For more information on ganglia, check with your doctor or on the internet. The main image I have used here is from Wikipedia- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganglion_cyst (I can’t photograph mine as I don’t have it any more!). Remember that information on the internet is just someone's opinion and may not be accurate!

Step 1: What I used

What I used:

i. an old eraser with worn edges, large enough to cover the ganglion* (you’re going to press in against your skin so it should be firm but not hard, with rounded edges so they won’t dig in).

ii. a bandage (stretchy is best) and closure/safety pins

* If your ganglion is huge, it’s probably gone too far for this method to work- best to treat it while it’s still small. Remember that this method may not be right for you.; check with your health professional.
When I was in college, this site was reccommended and endorsed by the professional nurse who taught many of the medical courses I took. The information is presented in a clear and concise manner. <br> <br>http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/ganglioncysts/op089105.pdf
Thanks for the info- this looks good, with clear diagrams, too:)
You are most welcome. Hope you have a happy weekend. BTW, the bird in your avatar is very very sweet.
<p>I've had a ganglion cyst palm side, under the thumb (volar ganglion) for about 3-4 years now. I was lucky in that it never really hurt, and it wasn't all that big, but for a few months recently it had stayed a larger size and I was tired of it being there. Even though I'd looked into removal methods before, this was the first time I found this method! I really didn't want to have surgery on something so minor and delicate, and then I found some sources that said draining a volar ganglion is risky because it's so close to the radial artery. </p><p>Anyway, I decided I'd give this a shot before trying anything more invasive, AND IT WORKED! I don't usually use caps, I'm pretty excited. I didn't wear it overnight because I was being cautious due to a warning in one of the previous comments about damage to tendons on the palm side. So I just wore it for about 30 mins at a time, and at the most, it was slightly uncomfortable for a little while. Then I increased my time across several days; I think the max I wore the wrapping at one time was three hours. The cyst is barely visible now; if I bend my wrist back I can see just the slightest bulge, and it's still a bit squishy, but it's so so so much better. </p><p>Thank you so much for this remedy! I know this isn't researched and people could have different results in this process, but I wish this info was more well-known. Aside from some people saying they massage their cyst when it's small, this is the only place I've ever seen this kind of advice, and it's much more practical than anything else. Thanks again!</p>
You're welcome- I'm SO pleased it worked for you. I'm glad you're being careful when it's in such a delicate area, and I hope you continue to have success :)
I've had a ganglion for over 10 years now. I've been able to control the pain with a wrist brace for the most part. About 2 weeks ago the pain was so unbearable that I couldn't move my wrist in the slightest without pain, so I tried this method. I did it for 2 nites and have NO pain whatsoever now. And the lump is gone. Would highly recommend trying this before surgery or draining a cyst. It's a lot less expensive and virtually pain free
I have the same cyst on the inside of the wrist i sprained a few months ago. About the size of a q tip swab. I tried to pop it w a book. It went away but came back. Its extremely painful. I hope this method works bc of my job.
<p>Good luck- certainly worth a try even if you have to do it for a few nights until it goes, then maybe later on if it re-appears. Maybe there's still some damage from when you sprained the wrist- I'd be getting it x-rayed in case, if you haven't already. Hope it all heals well for you :)</p>
<p>i have this cyst for over year i ll try it, and i will let you guys know my experience, thanks for the tip!!!</p>
Good luck! If it's well-established, the surrounding tissue may not absorb the fluid easily, but it's worth a try for a few nights... hope it works for you and please do let us know how it goes :)<br>
<p>Hello, so I have had this cyst for about 3 months now and I went to the doctor today...well she attempted to press down on it and pop it and it would budge. I'm think of trying this trick hoping for better result. My question is do you think it's possibly to big and needs to be drained? How many nights should I try this method, if I did decide to try?</p>
<p>Wow there's a lot of fluid in that, but if it's only developed over the last few months, I'd be inclined to try bandaging it firmly at night (probably too big to fit under an eraser lol). Maybe try for about a week? I'd probably be putting some kind of bandage on in the daytime, too, or even an elastic wrist support to cover it. But go by what your doctor recommends- I don't have medical training! It may need draining, then you could bandage ii if it starts to re-appear, before it gets too big. Good luck :)</p>
<p>I've had a ganglion cyst in my wrist for years. The only thing that helps is resting. Having it drained or removed seems too painfu. I'm very anxious to try this!</p>
Good luck! If it's been there for years, it may not respond though as the surrounding tissue could have changed - might be good to get it checked by a doctor first if it's a big one (if you get it drained, you can always use the eraser/compression every now and then to keep it away if it starts to re-appear). Hope it works for you!!
<p>Hello! I was hoping for your suggestion. I have a cyst on the top of my right wrist. It cannot be seen from the outside so im assuming its a little deep inside. It has been very painful and the doctor said he cant see it to drain with a needle since its small but he can feel it. (crazy how something so small can cause pain). Basically my only other option would be to have it surgically removed(which i really dont want to try just yet) do you think this method is ok to try when your cyst is inside your hand? i can feel it when i run my fingers over it so i would know where to place the eraser. Thoughts?</p>
<p>Hi there, I'd certainly try it - maybe check with your doctor first, but the eraser/compression method is non-invasive and cheap, so probably worth a go ;)</p><p>I had a tiny but pesky cyst inside my thumb years ago which needed an hour-long operation (and 6 months' recovery) to remove, so when it came back recently I wrapped it in firm bandaging for a few nights, and it seemed to work even though the cyst was hidden in the joint.... hope it works for you!</p>
Middle finger ganglion are ultra rare, only 20% of all finger ganglion cases occur on middle fingers. Because they are so rare they will likely never find a cure.
I have a ganglion cyst about the size of the one shown here. I found this site and immediately gathered the materials. I just wrapped my wrist as instructions say. I can hardly wait til morning to see if I have any results. Thanks in advance for sharing this info. I'll post my results whatever my results are.
Good luck! That's a pretty big one, so you may need a few nights' treatment - hope it works for you :)<br>
I have I think a ganglion but on my middle finger on the top side above my nail where the joint bends. Will this method work for it aswell? It not that painful but its more of a nuisance to look at.
<p>It could be worth a try, but check that it's not something else. I had a small ganglion cut out of my thumb just below the joint, years ago (1 hour operation, 6 months' recovery!). When it finally returned a year or so ago, I wrapped my thumb firmly (but not too tight) for a few nights with the same type of bandage they gave me to use post-op (a narrow sticky crepe bandage, I got some from the Reject shop!) and the lump went away- no problems since. Good luck with yours :)</p>
<p>I had a ganglion similar to the one in the PIC too only on my other hand, a friend who does reiki suggested I use a magnifying glass to focus the suns spirit on it, it was messy but it worked a treat, far cheaper than seeing a doctor and the cyst hasnt returned.</p>
<p>I'm glad it worked for you. I'd be very careful using a magnifying glass near my skin though - the sun can cause burns and even cancer (my mum is just about to have one cut out of her face). Good luck with your cyst :)</p>
In have had the ganglion cyst for about 4 months. It started on the outside and now its went inside. The pain is so horrible. I was searching Google and found this site. I will be trying this immediately.
<p>That sounds nasty - it must be pressing on a nerve. It may be too painful to add extra pressure; you may need to try gentle pressure to start with, and seek medical advice if it hurts too much. Good luck!</p>
I tried this way but it didn't work , i found on youtube the best easiest way ever to get rid of ganglion and it worked perfectly .. The way is to hit the ganglion with a heavy book for 1 or 2 times , ganglion would disappear at the same time gods willing
<p>That's the old method - and why one name for a ganglion is a &quot;Bible Cyst&quot;. It seemed a bit drastic to me, which is why I worked out the more gentle method ;) It's not going to work for everyone, and may need persisting with, but I'm glad you found a solution that worked for you!</p>
<p>I think I'll give this a try. I've had a ganglion cyst on my right wrist for years, and in 2012, it managed to prevent me from working as a framer (after accumulating a student loan to get into the trades). I'm a pretty tough guy, but if I can get rid of this pain, I'm all for it. I've written about my wrist in my last post ( http://soluble-fiber.com/2015/07/30/wrist-problems-a-ganglion-cyst/ - if anyone is interested). If this ends up helping, you'll have my eternal thanks!</p>
<p>Did you manage to get it to work? Hope it helped :)</p>
tried this way but it didn't work , i found on youtube the best easiest way ever to get rid of ganglion and it worked perfectly .. The way is to hit the ganglion with a heavy book for 1 or 2 times , ganglion would disappear at the same time gods willing
I do hope it works for you! It's amazing how a small lump of fluid can cause so much pain and disability! Good luck - let us know how you go :)
I highly doubted this would work. I had already gone to the doctor and gotten the cyst drained but in returned in less than a week. Skeptically I tried this remedy and used an eraser and wrapped my foot in an ace bandage. I did this during the day for less than an hour for 3 days consecutively. That is all I could stand. I also massaged the cyst after the bandage came off. Miraculously, it disappeared! It's been gone for over a week so I thought I should post my results for others. Good luck!
<p>Wow, it sounds painful- glad the method worked for you! </p>
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<p>Hi, I've had a ganglion cyst on the other side of my wrist i guess for quite a while now and I tried your method last time but it hasn't worked. what do you think I should do? please help soon :)</p>
You may need to bandage your wrist for a few nights (maybe even daytime too if you can) to get an effect, but if it doesn't work you need to get it looked at by a doctor... good luck!
<p>ok I will definently do that </p><p>thank you so much for the help </p>
<p>You're welcome; it's always best to check with a doctor to make sure it's safe. Hope it all works out for you :)</p>
Hi i want little help. I am having a ganglion cyst on my right hand and its now little but it pains when i write because it is coming in between my nerve. So please can you kindly tell me that should i also use this eraser method if yes then for how many days. Or if no then i should the g-relif capsule because i dont want it to be big and i have to face problem like surgery etc. please kindly tell urgently i will wait for your reply puzzledd????
Hi I think you should seek attention from a doctor especially that the growth hurts you. Take care man.
I would not encourage anyone with a cyst passing over a nerve to use this method, as it could result in permanent nerve damage. For cysts on the back if the hand, this isn't an issue, but for those on the palmar side of the wrist, compression for even a night could result in irreversible nerve damage.
<p> had a ganglion cyst and it was very painful. The doctor said the only way to gid rid of the cyst was to operate. I tried everything massage pressure. Nothing worked. He said the cyst has roots and it would come back. Then I found g-relief capsules and within 1 month it just disappeared.</p>
Interesting idea, but I don't know why medication taken internally would just target the tissue around the cyst. I'd want a medical opinion before taking something like this. I'm glad it worked for you though.<br>Is it your product?
<p>what are these and where do you get them</p>
<p>I had a ganglion cyst and it was very painful. The doctor said the only way to gid rid of the cyst was to operate. I tried everything massage pressure. Nothing worked. He said the cyst has roots and it would come back. Then I found g-relief capsules and within 1 month it just disappeared.</p>
<p>how many times did you do this and for how long of a period, or was it just once overnight?</p>
Ummm I can't say I remember clearly - it was a long time ago. I think it may have taken 2- 3 nights. I guess it depends on how established the ganglion is and how elastic (self-healing) are the tissues in your hand or wherever.<br>I did start to get a problem recently with my thumb joint (had an operation years ago on a small but difficult ganglion there - 6 months recovery time!) I bandaged it firmly for a few nights until it seemed OK and it still seems to be good, but if it flares up again I'll try the bandaging again (I didn't use an eraser there, just a sticky crepe bandage).
<p>i also have a ganglion cyst on my left hand wrist right now i dont have a rubber like u told but a rubber with sharp edges so i m going to try this and tommorow i will try yours like rubber </p>
<p>Hi Hatim, </p><p>You can always rub away some of the sharp edges and corners on the bottom of the rubber, so they won't dig into your skin. You din't have to rub onto paper - take it outside and rib it onto bricks or wood if you like, just smooth off the sharp bits. </p><p>Good luck - let us know how it goes!</p>

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