Dr Oz: Ganglion Cysts
Have you ever heard of a Ganglion Cyst? If not, you may have seen one and not known the name for it. Dr Oz discussed these with his Assistant of the Day, including the reason they were once called Bible Bumps.
A Ganglion Cyst occurs around the joint because it is full of fluid. If there is a crack, this fluid can seep and come up to the skin’s surface, creating swelling.
Dr Oz: Bible Bump Treatment
A bump near any joint on your body could be a Ganglion Cyst. For a long time, the medical establishment was unsure of how to treat these. So they suggested hitting the cyst using a large book, such as the Bible (or probably an encyclopedia or dictionary).
Dr Oz had his assistant try this method on a large model of a hand with a Ganglion Cyst. However, the treatment was not very effective. He explained that even if it did work, it might leave a painful mark on the skin.
Dr Oz: Ganglion Cyst Self-Test Diagnosis
Do you need to test yourself or someone else you love to see if the strange lump on your skin is a Ganglion Cyst? To do this, use the flashlight app on your cell phone (or just find a real flashlight).
Press the light up to the cyst’s surface. If the skin over the cyst turns pink, it is a Ganglion Cyst. It would turn pink because the fluid inside is reflecting the light, which is gross but helpful.
Dr Oz: Ganglion Cyst Home Remedy
Dr Oz met two women in his audience who had this type of cyst. How can they be treated since we don’t hit them with books anymore? Dr Oz explained that the best solution is rest.
You can fashion a split using a thick magazine wrapped under the joint and secured with a scarf or bandage. This can immobilize the joint and prevent further accumulation.
If you do this for an hour a day, the Ganglion Cyst should shrink all by itself. That means you don’t have to let your doctor drain it with a needle. Of course, you should always check in with your own physician if you think you have a cyst that is abnormal or not healing properly.