9. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is a wound-healing agent that will help reduce and heal the cyst within a few days. It will also relieve associated pain and inflammation.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in 1 to 2 cups of warm water. Soak the affected area in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat once daily for several days.
- Alternatively, combine ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt, 1/3 cup of warm glycerin and about 1/8 teaspoon of borax in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until all substances are dissolved. Use a cotton swab to apply it on the affected area, then put a bandage over it. Repeat twice daily for a few days.
10. Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods
To minimize pain and swelling due to a ganglion cyst, eat more foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Some good anti-inflammatory foods are salmon, flaxseeds, avocados, ginger, turmeric, olive oil, tart cherries, walnuts, blueberries, blackberries, sweet potatoes and spinach.
- Also, avoid eating or drinking inflammatory foods like white-flour products, white rice, sugary foods, soda and foods rich in saturated fats.
- Be careful not to hit the cyst with any heavy object, as it can damage the skin.
- Do not try to pop the cyst by puncturing it with a needle, as this can lead to infection.
- If the cyst is on your wrist or hand, avoid repetitive movements of that area.
- If the cyst is on your foot, try to wear shoes that don’t touch it.
- If needed, wear a splint or brace to temporarily immobilize the affected joint.
- Make sure you consult your doctor if the size of the cyst is increasing rapidly or causing pain for a long time.
- Do not remove a ganglion cyst on your own using a needle, scalpel or scissors.