Is there any scarier feeling than finding a mysterious lump on your body? Remaining calm is an important first step. If you feel like you have a cyst, don’t panic: it is possible to get rid of a cyst if you follow the correct steps. Cysts are closed capsules containing some sort of liquid or gaseous material. They affect almost any part of the body, and vary in size.
Remember that large cysts are usually best left for the professionals. If you have a large cyst, or don’t feel comfortable treating a cyst of any size by yourself, please contact your doctor. In the meantime, follow these steps to find some relief:
1. Tea Tree Oil.
Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, tea tree oil useful in treating a cyst. You can find tea tree oil in your neighborhood drug store, or a health food store. Apply the tea tree oil directly on the cyst. It will add a protective layer to it and will fight any possible infection by killing off any bad bacteria.
2. Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera has natural pain relieving and healing properties. It has a cooling effect when applied, because it is a natural remedy for many skin irritations. As well as applying it directly, you can also drink Aloe Vera juice to remove impurities, and refresh and cool your body.
Aloe Vera is available at most pharmacies and health food stores.
3. Castor Oil.
Castor oil, also available from your pharmacy, has been known to be effective in both healing and relieving any itch. Just apply it directly to the cyst and follow with a hot compress. The heat will help to shrink the cyst. Leave it on for an hour. Repeat as often as you like for faster results. If your cyst happens to be on your face, this is a good method to use.
4. Witch Hazel.
Witch hazel has natural astringent properties that are soothing and will help to heal and tighten pores. Native Americans have long recognized its healing properties.
Witch hazel comes in liquid, gel or cream form and you just have to apply a very small amount onto the cyst.
Let the witch hazel soak into the cyst. After a few days of continued applications, your cyst will begin to shrink. Witch hazel has a wide variety of uses, from soothing varicose veins to speeding the healing of cuts and bruises, so it will be a very welcome addition to your home medicine cabinet.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is available from your grocery store or health food store, and is useful in drawing any pus out of your cyst, should it become infected.
Apply some vinegar to the cysts and cover it with a bandage. After three or four days, there will be a hard layer on your cyst. If you remove this layer, the pus will ooze out.
Clean the pus and apply a new bandage over it. In a few days you should have new skin growth! Apple cider vinegar has a ton of other health benefits from curing tummy troubles to soothing a sore throat, so you won’t regret adding this item to your pantry.
6. Hot Compress.
You can use a hot compress to speed up the draining of the pus from your cyst, and can be soothing. Not too hot though, or you’ll cause more infectious bacteria to form. This can be in the form of a clean washcloth or towel soaked in warm water, wrung out and repeated every 20 minutes or so.
Turmeric is an alternative remedy for curing cysts. It will also improve digestion and purify your blood if you take a half of a teaspoon of turmeric mixed with a cup of warmed milk. It’s advisable to repeat this over at least 10 days to experience any results.
You may be familiar with turmeric as the main spice in curry, but the root of turmeric is used widely in everything from arthritis, heartburn, and stomach pain to colds and headaches. Your home medicine chest should not be without it.
Honey has been used since ancient times in wound care, so you know it’s a good idea! Make a paste by combining wheatgrass and honey in a blender. Apply this paste directly on the cyst and cover it with a clean cloth before you go to bed.
If you can’t find any wheat grass in the health food section of your grocery store, you can blend a banana with some honey and apply it to the cyst. You will see an improvement the following day.
9. Epsom Salt.
Epsom salt can prevent almost any infection. Fill your tub with warm water and add a cup full of Epsom salt. Enjoy a nice comforting soak that will help cure cysts. Soak for at least 20 minutes to get the full benefit. It will definitely be very enjoyable and relaxing and a nice break from a busy day.
Epsom salts have many uses around the house and garden, so is a wise investment for your household supplies.
10. Anti-fungal cream.
Applying an anti-fungal cream and covering it with a bandage can cure a painful cyst. Anti-fungal creams and ointments are readily available at your local pharmacy.
11. Have it drained.
Cysts are usually harmless but not always welcome when they appear on visible parts of your body.
If your cyst is red, enlarged, infected, and painful, consult your doctor, and it will likely need draining. Inserting a needle or catheter into the cavity drains the cyst. This will provide immediate relief and help prevent any further complications.
12. Leave it alone.
There are many different types of cysts based on where they are on the body. They can pop up anywhere, from your face, your breasts, your liver or even on a woman’s ovaries. Cysts can vary in size from barely visible to the size of a golf ball. Most sebaceous cysts are not harmful and are non-cancerous. They are defined as closed, bladder-like sacs containing fluid or semi-solid tissue.
When the cyst forms on your eyelid, it may be due to a blocked oil gland. It can appear on either the upper or lower eyelid, and often disappears without treatment. If it is large enough to block your vision though, you should see your doctor.
Nobody wants a cyst on their body though, no matter where it is located! Good luck getting rid of your cyst. If you are lucky, that cyst on your body will disappear on its own. If its location is not a nuisance, you can hope for the best, and see if in time, it will go away as suddenly as it had appeared.