Ear lobe cysts are those painful bumps that most people experience at some time in their lives. They are very similar to pimples in that they are pus-filled bumps growing under the skin. Depending on the severity of the cyst, there are many home remedies than can be used to cure this problem.
Use a heating pad or warm water to bring the pus and bacteria close to the surface, making it easier to remove. Place a heating pad on the cyst if it is located on the exterior part of the ear. Use this method twice daily, 15 minutes each time, for a week.
If the cyst is not accessible to a heating pad, use a warm flannel. Place the flannel over the affected area for about 10 to 15 minutes, two to three times a day. It may take one or two weeks using this method for the cyst to subside, depending on the depth of the infection.
The pus inside a sebaceous cyst is waxy and will melt into an oily fluid because of the heat. It can be safely reabsorbed into the body and will reduce the chances of blood poisoning.
Tea tree oil and turmeric are great for reducing swelling and drying up fluids in sebaceous cysts. First wash ear with soap and water and rinse thoroughly. Soak a cotton ball with tea tree oil as you would with astringent, and hold it on the cyst for five minutes. This is best done after a shower and can be done as often as needed until the cyst dries up.
Pure ground turmeric is another solution to dry up ear lobe cysts. Take a small pinch of turmeric powder and place on a dish. Then place about three to five droplets of water on the powder and mix into a paste. Place this mixture on the cyst and keep it there for at least 20 minutes, once a day. Continue this regimen daily until the cyst is gone.
Tea tree oil can be found at any drugstore, health food store or special nutrition shop. Turmeric powder is found in the spice section of the grocery store or at Indian food stores.
Clay masks can be used overnight to draw out the pus inside an ear lobe cyst. Any clay mask found at the supermarket or pharmacy can be used. Place a dab of clay over the cyst before going to bed and let it dry before lying on a pillow. This can be done every night until it draws the bacterial matter up to the surface.
If your ear lobe cyst is small, accessible and the pus is close to your skin's surface, it can be lanced with a few precautions. First, saturate a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and place it on the affected area for cleaning purposes. Then light a match and sterilise a needle in the fire for five seconds. Place needle in the peroxide-soaked cotton ball so it cools down. With freshly washed hands, lightly poke the cyst with the needle and gently squeeze out the liquid. Once fluids have been expunged, the cyst will heal naturally.
If your cyst is too large, you have had it for a long time or it is inaccessible, you will need to seek medical help to safely lance the infected area. There is a greater risk of infection or blood poisoning with larger cysts and they should not be dealt with at home.