I had my first bartholin cyst ever since last sunday. It was a manageable pain until three days ago where I was in tears every few hours from the pain. I came across your post yesterday and was totally prepared to go to the pharmacy today and pick up supplies, but I scheduled an appointment with a gyno because I was in that much pain. I knew what it was already from countless hours of research on the internet so when the doctor told me that's what it was, it was no surprise.
But she did encourage me to try the home remedy of soaking in very hot salt baths 4 times a day first until it popped and she prescribed me Antibiotics which I can't take anyways from allergies to amoxicillin. She said if it didn't go away in a few days that she would lance it for me, but that would be even more painful than the pain I was experiencing at the moment. And odds were that it would close quickly and definitely come back. It was nice to hear that she didn't want to lance it right away to get it over with as I've read about many women having it lanced only to come back days later and hurting worse.
Soooo.. low and behold I was in the middle of Grand Central Station on my way home from the doctor back to Brooklyn when my stupid cyst burst open. It felt like a rush of liquid falling out. I booked it to the restroom and found blood and puss coming out. IMMEDIATE relief. I was so happy. After squeezing my legs together for the hour journey home on the subway, I finally made it home to take a hot salt bath to clean out. And then I applied Phoebe's calamine, tea tree oil, and witch hazel solution to the remaining lump. Any pain left over stopped right away upon application. And it has helped in keeping the draining process going.
I am so happy that this problem is almost gone. I'll continue my hot salt baths 3 times a day for a week just because I'm paranoid and probably once a night for like ever!!! just to be safe!! : )