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Get rid of a ganglion- painlessly

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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!
 
 
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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.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/ganglioncysts/op089105.pdf
Puzzledd (author)  porcupinemamma3 years ago
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.
magicsp00n18 days ago

I had a cyst about the size of an acorn on the back of my wrist that returned recently after being operated on about a year ago. I was not looking forward to going back to the doctor. I came across this post and gave it a try - after a week of wearing the bandage and eraser while I slept, it's gone! Or at least reduced to the point where I don't notice it. Thanks so much for posting this approach. Much easier (and soooo much cheaper) than getting my wrist cut open again!

Puzzledd (author)  magicsp00n18 days ago
I'm so pleased the method helped you! I hope it continues to be OK; sounds like a big one. Maybe keep an eye on it in case it starts to develop again ;) Good luck!
jain shubham4 months ago
i had a cyst right at the back on my wrist , doctor operated it once but after about 6 month , it came back again and this time even larger(larger than the one shown in the image) and quite painful now again doctor operated it and i am just hoping that this time it might not come back . If it does i will surely use the trick you have given.
Puzzledd (author)  jain shubham4 months ago
Wow that sounds as if it would have been really painful that size! It would certainly need an operation:(
I treated mine when it was just starting again, and it's still OK years later... but I may have just been lucky.
Good luck with yours- I hope it will be all good now!!
jain shubham4 months ago
i had a cyst right at the back on my wrist , doctor operated it once but after about 6 month , it came back again and this time even larger and quite painful now again doctor operated it and i am just hoping that this time it might not come back . If it does i will surely use the trick you have given.
Marjolie1 year ago
I just wanted to say a massive thank you. I signed up to this forum in order to tell you that this worked for me! Two elasticated bandages and a rubber pressed over the lump- it's gone! My hand swelled to quite an impressive size this morning but- no pain!
Thank you thank you thank you! :D
Marjolie xx
Puzzledd (author)  Marjolie1 year ago
Thanks, Marjolie, I'm really pleased that the pain is gone! I'm a bit worried at the sound of the swelling, though. It sounds as if there was either a lot of fluid in the ganglion, and it's been forced into the surrounding tissue, or maybe the bandages were a bit tight and the circulation in your hand was impeded. Keep an eye on it and get a medical opinion if you are concerned at all. Good luck:)
abeth1 year ago
It came back again a couple of nights ago, and I used this trick once again and it worked! thanks again for this wonderful advice!
Puzzledd (author)  abeth1 year ago
I'm so pleased it worked for you! I've been lucky so far, mine hasn't come back after many years:)
abeth2 years ago
I had one of these appear one morning,it was very painful, didn't go to Dr. about it because I don't have insurance, so if I have a problem I always search for natural ways to fix things! Everyone that looked at it (one being a nurse) said that it looked like a ganglion cyst, what ever it was hurt like H++L needless to say. I basically lost most use of my left hand. I only had the pain for about a week, it wasn't very big yet ,I came across this article, decided why not try this, can't make worse, so I found an eraser belonging to my granddaughter, the bandage and wrapped it up every night for only 4 nights, and by Fri morning it was still hurting but by that afternoon it was pain free! The cyst was gone! Not sure if this is what did it, but I'm glad it went away. Everyone was telling me I would have to get it cut out, so I'm glad they were wrong! It's worth trying, mine is gone so far!!! Thanks for the helpful tip!!!!
Puzzledd (author)  abeth2 years ago
Wow, it sounds a nasty one! I'm so pleased it's gone now. I'm still waiting for mine to come back, years on....

Please keep an eye on it, though, in case it's something more sinister.... you still may need that visit to the doctor if it comes back.

Here's hoping it's gone for good, though!
abeth Puzzledd2 years ago
thanks, me too, hope yours doesn't come back either!
rentwisle2 years ago
i'm going to try this to get rid of my cyst that has been bothering me for years and i haven't been able to find a dr to help me
Puzzledd (author)  rentwisle2 years ago
Good luck with that one. If it's been there for years, it may be a bit more persistent than mine. If doctors didn't want to treat it, be cautious- they may have a good reason. Hope it works out for you!
DAND2 years ago
I have a cyst the size of half a ping pong ball on my foot, do you think this technique will help?
Puzzledd (author)  DAND2 years ago
Ooh that sounds like a big one. Definitely a doctor job, in my opinion, and before it gets bigger.

Even if you can press all that fluid back into your foot it's got to go somewhere... better to get it surgically drained or see what your doctor says.

I got mine drained by a doctor when it was big, then did the pressure trick when it started to come back, when it was still small.

Good luck with it!
chuckr443 years ago
"The information is presented in a clear and concise manner."

Or not. The author did not explain what a ganglion is, nor how it differs from a boil, which is a fast-growing infection most often caused by staphylococcus bacteria. You should never "bang" a boil with anything or put pressure on it, it needs to be drained.
Puzzledd (author)  chuckr443 years ago
That's a good point.

However, I'm not a medical expert, so I haven't given an explanation of what a ganglion is. That's why I say "Of course, you need to go to your doctor to get any lump checked- don't just assume it's a ganglion" in the introduction.

I wouldn't advise using  wikipedia as your only source of medical knowledge, as the information on that could be written by anyone- it's always best to get a diagnosis from a doctor. But it doesn't hurt to get some background knowledege as well- so thanks for the suggestion.
Here is more info on a ganglion cyst:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganglion_cyst
sidwellnz3 years ago
Hi I tried the bash it with the Oxford Dictionary, which I was very surprised to discover had worked. I had the ganglion for years.
I have another on my shoulder which I'd love an easier method.
I'm afraid I'll give myself a stroke to be honest.
Puzzledd (author)  sidwellnz3 years ago
That sounds awkward. You may need to get that one drained by a doctor :( Good luck with it!
dangerine3 years ago
It worked. Simple enough, regular, soft pressure...and it shrank away in about a week. THANK YOU!
Puzzledd (author)  dangerine3 years ago
Great- I'm pleased to hear it worked for you!
huntertxrd3 years ago
I also have a reoccurring wrist cyst. I recommend never letting it get more than a pea size. I hit it with the tv remote while small. It hurts but not too bad. Just whack it hard one time.
The draining of the cyst hurt pretty bad so I have been avoiding doing that again.
I will try this method next time (for a night) before hitting it with the remote :)
Puzzledd (author)  huntertxrd3 years ago
Hmm - not sure about the TV remote- does it still work? I know that watching TV can be a painful experience, but...
Try watching Oprah that's painful! X(
My little brother watched that show for 10 seconds and smashed the TV
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The TV has never been the same
Puzzledd (author)  Ghost Wolf3 years ago
Thanks for the warning- I think I'll give her a miss :D
Watch out for her on the internet too because our computer monitor suffered the same fate
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Puzzledd (author)  Ghost Wolf3 years ago
OK, that one had me laughing out loud! My work colleagues think I've finally cracked!
lol you should have seen it we were walking one day and, you guessed it he saw an Oprah ad and attacked the billboard!
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Puzzledd (author)  Ghost Wolf3 years ago
You crack me up!

My son keeps telling us that TV is BAD and all cr*p etc and he won't stay in the room if it's on... but I guess I can't complain about his reaction now.
Even my grandparents hate TV, that TV was a gift a few years back. Surprised he didn't through out his back lol
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Hey I think I found you a kookaburra
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Puzzledd (author)  Ghost Wolf3 years ago
Awww, cute! Thanks:)
I wish the instructables robot looked like this
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