-A small swelling on the back of the wrist or hands, connected with the sheath of a tendon, and containing synovial fluid (“joint-oil”) and sometimes seed-like bodies. They are sometimes attended with pain, but usually give more trouble by their unsightliness.
General Treatment.- The usual method of treating this affection is by crushing the swelling. The hand is placed on a table, and on the tumour a book: this is struck sharply, and the sac containing the fluid bursts. The fluid is then absorbed. This treatment is not always successful, for the swelling may re-form and inflammation may follow the operation. Another method is by puncturing and drawing off the fluid; but this should only be done under strict antiseptic precautions. Medicinal treatment is the best. Medicine.
Benz. ac. 3x.
-This should be taken persistently three times a day, and the lump pained with the tincture at bedtime.
-If Benz. ac. fails.
– In person of sulphur type.