How to Treat a Bartholin Gland Cyst That is not Infected

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Bartholin gland cysts are difficult to prevent but can often be treated at home.
Bartholin gland cysts are difficult to prevent but can often be treated at home. (Image: bikini image by FotoWorx from Fotolia.com)

A Bartholin gland cyst is a small lump that is caused by fluid build up in the glands located around each side of the vaginal opening. The severity of symptoms experienced from a Bartholin gland cyst determine the type of treatment needed. Many times a Bartholin gland cyst does not present any symptoms and goes away on its own without a visit to the doctor. If a Bartholin gland cyst is not infected but causing some discomfort, it can be treated at home using every day household items.

Things You'll Need

  • Bathtub
  • Washcloth
  • Over the counter pain medication

Determine whether the cyst is eligible to be treated at home. If the cyst is swollen and causing a great amount of pain and discomfort, it may be infected and require a visit to the doctor’s office for drainage and antibiotics. If the cyst is small and causing minimal discomfort, it can be treated from home.

Soak the vaginal area in a sitz bath to help soothe discomfort and promote healing. Fill the bathtub with two to three inches of water to the warmest temperature tolerable. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes three to four times a day for four to seven days. Epsom salt can be added to the bath water for increased soothing of pain. In between baths soak a washcloth in hot water and use it as a hot compress on the cyst.

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Take an over the counter pain medication to relieve any discomfort caused by the cyst. If the cyst begins to drain on its own, coat the ruptured area with over the counter antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.

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Tips & Warnings

  • In between sitz baths and hot compresses, allow the Bartholin gland cyst to air dry as much as possible to promote healing.
  • Do not attempt to squeeze or pop a Bartholin gland cyst that is not infected. This will cause swelling, pain and possible infection.
  • Although a Bartholin gland cyst may open up and drain on its own, this does not guarantee that the cyst will not return. Many times these cysts close up before fully draining and may reoccur.

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