Dr Oz: Bible Bumps
Dr Oz offered to discuss a health problem he said had a Biblical connection. What are Bible Bumps? To find out, he needed an Assistant of the Day.
His assistant was a mother of three teenagers, and she congratulated Dr Oz on his granddaughter, Philomena. Dr Oz said that you don’t have to be religious to know about or experience Bible Bumps.
Dr Oz: What Is a Ganglion Cyst?
On a larger-than-life model of a human hand, Dr Oz pointed out a large bump known as a Ganglion Cyst. Doctors once did not know how to treat these, so they would encourage patients to hit them with a large book.
But in Dr Oz’s audience demonstration, a book did not help to destroy the bump. Even if it had, it might have left a painful mark behind. A Ganglion Cyst is more common in women than men and can be found at joints, such as the wrist.
Dr Oz: Ganglion Cyst Flashlight Test
The wrist contains a joint that is full of fluid. A crack can let the fluid seep out of place and travel to the surface of the skin. That’s what forms a cyst that swells and draws attention to itself.
How can you diagnose a Ganglion Cyst? Just grab your cell phone and open your flashlight app. Shine the flashlight on your cyst and push against the bump. If it turns pink, this is transillumination, reflected by the fluid inside the cyst.
Dr Oz recruited audience members who thought they may have a Ganglion Cyst. He met a woman who has had one for years. But how can they be treated once they are diagnosed?
Dr Oz: Ganglion Cyst Home Treatment
Dr Oz said that your doctor could drain this cyst with a needle, but that’s not necessary. Instead, he had another recommendation. Take a magazine (like Dr Oz’s The Good Life) and place it curled under your arm.
Then place a scarf or bandage over the top and wrap it around. This will immobilize the wrist and act as a splint. Doing this for about an hour a day should help the cyst shrink on its own over a few weeks.