Skin disorders cover a wide range of conditions, some benign, some very serious, and some even a sign of another underlying illness. A skin disorder not only affects your physical health, but also your emotional well-being.
Ganglion Cysts Wirst & Foot (Pictures)
A ganglion (GANG-lee-un) cyst is a swelling under the skin that is filled with a thick, jelly-like substance. It is a swelling that often appears on or around joints and tendons in the hand (or sometime foot). The size of the cyst can vary over time, often becoming more inflamed if irritated. It is most frequently located around the wrist and on the fingers. Ganglion cysts form when tissues surrounding certain joints become inflamed and swell up with lubricating fluid. They can increase in size when the tissue is irritated and often can "disappear" spontaneously. These masses or cysts appear to grow sometimes but they are not tumours or cancerous.
Causes of Ganglion Cysts
Ganglion Cysts Diagnosis
The diagnosis of ganglion cyst is made by physical examination. Medical tests such as x-rays may be used to confirm the diagnosis. Sometimes, an MRI or ultrasound is needed to find a ganglion cyst hidden under the skin.
Treatment for Ganglion Cysts
Ganglions usually do not need treatment and often go away on their own. If they are painful, limit activity, or are unsightly, your health professional may recommend nonsurgical treatment, such as wearing a splint, massaging the ganglion to reduce the fluid within the bump, or draining it with a needle and syringe (aspiration). If the ganglion is painful, the doctor may be able to relieve the discomfort through surgical or other means.
Surgical treatment involves bursting the ganglion simply by putting pressure on it after puncturing it in several places with a needle or draining the jelly-like contents with a needle. A surgical procedure is regarded as unnecessary in most cases, but if the ganglion is painful and does not respond to drainage, it can be removed surgically. There may be tenderness, discomfort and swelling at the site following surgery, but normal activities can usually be resumed in two to six weeks. Surgery offers the best chance of removing the ganglion, but the cyst may return.
Tips on preventing and treating Ganglion Cysts
Since the cause of ganglion cysts is unknown, so there is no way to completely prevent the formation of ganglion cysts altogether; however, there are ways in which to aid in the prevention of the occurrence or recurrence of ganglion cyst formation. Exercises that increase muscle strength and flexibility can prevent ganglions. Warming and cooling down before and after workouts may also decrease the rate of developing ganglions.
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