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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.
 
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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.

Hi! Thank you for your idea for getting rid of a ganglion. This process has helped my ganglion shrink. I only did it for two days and then stopped. I couldn't wear it at night since I felt like my hand lost circulation. My ganglion is so annoying. On its own, it barely does anything. Sometimes it will shrink on its own. My cyst will then start to feel soft and squishy. It sometimes hurts when it shrinks on its own. (I think what is happening is sometimes on its on, the fluid will dissolve into my body and then the sac refills with more fluid) It shrinks and appears to be gone! FALSE, it comes back in a few days from appearing to be nothing then a small lump. Another few days, my small lump starts to grow and get firmer. This process has happened twice. I keep getting my hope up and thinking it will fully disappear. I got this stupid ganglion from doing exercises and putting too much stress on my wrist and hands. I was doing about five push-ups. ): I am 16. I am trying your method again. My only complaint is that I feel like I lose some circulation in my hand. It could be from my big and very long bandage or just wrapping it too tight. I have had this cyst for about a year now. I am afraid of getting it on my thump, finger, other wrist, ankles, and knees. Sorry for this ramble.

Puzzledd (author)  KittyCatRosa19 days ago

Hi KittyCatRosa,

thanks for your comments; it must be a real nuisance to have the cyst coming back all the time. I guess once the tissue around it is stretched, it may be more vulnerable to filling with fluid again. It would be worth getting some medical advice on your problem. Certainly make sure if you bandage it that it isn't too tight; you certainly don't want to cut off your circulation! Try cutting the bandage a bit shorter maybe, and unwrap it if it feels tight, but get some advice as it sounds too persistent to treat easily. Good luck!

Hi! Thank you for answering so quickly. I do not plan to get surgery on my cyst because it cost too much, my parents won't pay for it, it doesn't hurt often, and I don't like surgery. I have had stitches on the side of my wrist (I don't think this caused the ganglion cyst). I have went to my doctor. She did identified it as a ganglion cyst last year and said I could just let it shrink on its own or visit a hand surgeon. I really dislike the look. ): I cut my bandage in half! It was super long. Now I will try it again. I feel some pain when wrapping my cyst with the rubber band on top. How long did you have your ganglion cyst? Sorry for uploading a much of pictures of my ganglion cyst. They are not in chronological order. The first two ones are from about two months ago after it popped up again after somewhat dissolving in wrist. I think I may write a blog on my cyst. :) I have been taking silicea to see if it would help my cyst shrink. It doesn't seem like it does anything. Right now, my ganglion is a little bigger than the pictures.

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I am going to reply to my post since I made a lot of errors and one part of my previous post will likely confuse the reader. I do not like surgery because I have already had surgery else where, I am scared of it, and it will likely reoccur again. *Last year I went to my doctor . *About two months ago, my cyst on its own was draining. I felt some discomfort and tiny bit of pain. Then the skin around the cyst area was puffy, squishy, and soft. After it was puffy, my skin looked almost normal (as in no bump). Few days later, the cyst filled up and was a tiny little cyst (the first two pictures show the tiny cyst reappearing). Lastly, it was gradually becoming bigger and harder. I should stop complaining about it since I am not severely sick and I do not feel pain. D:

Puzzledd (author)  KittyCatRosa18 days ago

Hi again KittyCatRosa,

You must be getting very frustrated with your ganglion cyst- sounds like a real pain! I don't know what else to suggest for yours other than firm but not tight bandaging; putting an eraser on it when it's squishy probably won't help because it sounds as if it's spread out too far (maybe you could try something a bit firm but wider like a piece of cardboard under the bandage, you'd have to see what wasn't uncomfortable).

You can buy wrist supports that would be easier and firmer than a bandage; it sounds as if you may need it more frequently if it keeps recurring, but I don't have any medical training so I hesitate to suggest anything other than being careful and getting advice.

I don't remember how long I had mine, as it was years ago now and I luckily haven't had it back since my second bandaging treatment. I do actually have a "baker's cyst" behind my knee, which needs bandaging fairly frequently (too big/awkward for the eraser treatment).

I do hope you have some success with your cyst, and it doesn't keep causing problems for you!

nirupa2 months ago

Thank you. I had a cyst on the side of my left wrist which had been there for about 3 years. I tried hitting it with "the bible" but it just duplicated itself. Tying the old rubber over it with an elastic bandage didn't work overnight but I kept it on day and night for about a week and hey presto - it disappeared. Magic. I also have a cyst under my left ear which has been there for about 35 years but I can't apply the old rubber trick to this without strangling myself, any other good ideas?

Puzzledd (author)  nirupa2 months ago

I'm glad the method worked on your wrist; don't know that it's worth strangling yourself to get rid of the one under your ear though ;)

Seriously, I don't think I'd be messing around there... a bit close to vital areas. Maybe get your doctor to treat that one.

nirupa2 months ago

Thank you so much. I had a cyst on the heel of my left wrist for about 3 years. I tried hitting it with "the bible" but it just got worse and duplicated itself. I kept the old rubber tied over it with an elastic bandage for several days (overnight wasn't enough) and abracadabraca it disappeared completely !! Magic. I've also got a cyst underneath my left ear, which has been there for about 35 years, but there's no way of applying the old rubber technique to this without strangling myself. Any other good ideas?

cwdmonroe3 months ago

Wow! This works! I had a cyst on the back of my right wrist that just popped up 3 weeks ago. I read this instructable and tried it. It worked! It's taken 1-1/2 weeks and it's barely there now! I think a couple more nights doing this and it will be gone completely. If you have a cyst, please try this before anything else!!!

magicsp00n5 months 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)  magicsp00n5 months 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 shubham9 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 shubham9 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 shubham9 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!
rentwisle3 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)  rentwisle3 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!
DAND3 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)  DAND3 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
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