Treating breast cysts

Each breast comprises several glands that contain small ducts that form a network responsible for transferring milk to the nipples during pregnancy and breast-feeding. This network is further supported by an underlying layer of connective tissue called stroma. When these glandular and connective tissues get inflamed, they obstruct the milk ducts and cause the appearance of cysts in the breast. Breast cysts may grow up to 2 inches in size, and may be felt as small, tender and easily movable bumps that could cause discomfort and pain. The cysts tend to become more prominent during the menstrual period. Some of the cysts may be too small to be detected physically, and may only be revealed through medical examinations like ultrasound or mammography. Though the exact reason for the appearance of breast cysts is not known yet, it is believed that a rise in the level of estrogen beyond the normal limits could lead to the formation of cysts. Most breast cysts are benign and affect a majority of women in their childbearing years. However, if you notice a change in the size or number of breast cysts, you should consult your doctor. You may be required to get a biopsy done in order to ensure that the cyst is not cancerous. The usual forms of medical treatment for breast cysts include fine-needle aspiration, in which the fluid from the cysts is extracted using a thin syringe, hormone doses or in a few cases surgery. Some women also find the use of evening primrose oil available in the form of over-the-counter supplement useful in treating the symptoms of fibrocystic breasts.

However, there are a few simple and natural means by which you may take care of the breast cysts yourself at home. Wearing a bra that supports your breasts properly without hurting them is often helpful in relieving the pain and heaviness caused by breast cysts. It has also been suggested that cutting down on the intake of salt helps prevent excessive fluid retention by the body cells, and thereby reducing breast cysts. Eliminating caffeine from the diet has also been reported to be of help in some cases. Eating food that is rich in fibers and low in fat is also recommended. Eat raw nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans, fruits like apples, melons and bananas, fresh vegetables and yogurt on a daily basis. Eating garlic and onions regularly is also helpful, as they help improve the oxygenation of body tissues and prevent the formation of cysts.

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