A cyst is a closed sac of tissue that usually is filled with fluid; it could be pus or any other material. The development of cysts on skin is a very common occurrence, and can happen on any body surface, even the vagina. Cysts are harmless, noncancerous, and generally disappear on their own without having to undergo any kind of a treatment method.
The birth canal leading from the uterus to the external orifice of a woman’s genitals is called medically as the vagina. On either side, at the lower end of the vagina, close to the vaginal opening, is a gland situated that secrets a mucousy material, which helps in lubricating this canal. This gland is known as the Bartholin’s gland. At times, for certain reasons, the opening of this gland can become blocked due to which there is accumulation of its secretions within. The obstruction of this gland ducts may happen from bacterial entry, because of the gland being located close to the vaginal opening, increasing its susceptibility to bacterial infections.
The infection tends to clog the duct, and if this happens, then the gland will become swollen. However, swelling of this gland will not evoke any pain symptoms. The swelling of this particular gland is referred to as a Bartholin’s cyst, which again is a very common occurrence, and can turn into an abscess when the collection of fluid within becomes infected.
If the cyst is not infected, not painful, yet is a source of irritation, then there are some home treatment methods that can be followed by the sufferer.
Home Remedies For Bartholin’s Cyst
Sitting in a warm sitz bath has helped many sufferers in obtaining relief from their Bartholin’s cyst problem. Fill half the tub with warm water, and sit in it until the water cools down, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Do this two to three times in a day, until the swelling comes down and the cyst leaks out its contents.
If sitting in a sitz bath is uncomfortable, then soak clean towels in hot boiling water that has some Epsom salts mixed in it. Wring out excess water and hold the towel against the cyst. Once the degree of heat decreases, replace the used towel with the other that has been left soaking in, and continue to do so for at least half an hour every night. Keep on with this ritual every night until the cyst bursts open.
Blend one teaspoon each of tea tree oil and witch hazel extract. Soak a gauze dressing pad in this solution and place it against the cyst, holding it in place with a dressing tape. Leave it on for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Following this ritual on a daily basis will eventually lead to popping of the cyst, oozing out its contents, after which drying and healing is likely to take place.
Another option is to begin applying herbal tinctures, of either – lemon balm, comfrey, or nettle blended in some olive oil, topically. Soon after the application is done, apply a heating pad over the cyst to increase blood flow which will in turn increase the supply of white blood cells to the infected area. In a weeks’ time, the cyst will burst and heal.
If no relief is got with home treatment methods, then standard methods of treatment may have to be followed.