A Bartholin gland cyst can be treated in three ways: self-healing, marsupialization and drainage of the cyst by a doctor. A Bartholin gland cyst is made up of fluids that build up within the Bartholin glands and cause a swelling. Women should contact a doctor when they notice swelling on the labia, experience severe pain and have a fever higher than 100.4 degree Fahrenheit, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Infections, thick mucus or swelling caused by injury are some of the causes of Bartholin cysts. Some of the symptoms associated with this condition include discomfort during intercourse and walking, swelling around the vulva and fever, drainage from cyst and formation of a lump around the vulva.
To get rid of a Bartholin cyst at home, a person should soak in warm water several times within the day. This will ultimately soften it and cause it to break open and drain on its own. However, sometimes the cyst may reform after breaking.
Another method of treatment involves a medical procedure commonly referred to as marsupialization. In this method, doctors surgically make a permanent incision that facilitates drainage of the cysts. Surgical drainage where a catheter is inserted and used to drain the fluid within the cyst may also be a possible treatment option.