The Best Pilonidal Cyst Home Treatment Remedies

This website discusses all of the methods used for pilonidal cyst home treatment, as this is the kind of treatment many use to get rid of their cysts – forever.

If you have ever been affected by, or suffered with a pilonidal cyst, you will know how painful they can be. In addition to being painful though, they can also be a real hassle to treat, and often require surgery which can take a long time to recover from.

Regarding home treatment, there are a few proven methods that work, and most of the time you won’t need to buy anything, go to the hospital, or have surgery to remove it. We are going to cover each method step by step, with some crucial tips alongside each one. Be sure to read this article and methods in full, because like most things in life, pilonidal cyst home treatment doesn’t come risk free. Don’t panic, however! Even surgery comes with a comparatively large amount of risk, and depending on where you live in the world, can also have a major impact on your financial situation.

The best thing to remember when reading through these remedies is to do what you think is best for yourself. Do not do anything you think will make you feel overly uncomfortable, and please also remember that I these methods are solely what I know work through my own experience.

Before we jump right into the methods and tips that you can use to cure your pilonidal cyst from home, let me give you a quick overview of my experience.

I suffered from a pilonidal cyst for months on end. Initially starting because I had sat on a very uncomfortable chair for a long time, the affliction continued for so long that by the end I would have done almost anything to rid myself of it. I actually hobbled to the hospital and booked myself in for surgery… only to be left in a waiting room for 12 hours before even seeing a doctor. Tired, annoyed and in bundles of pain, I went home and cured myself with pilonidal cyst home treatment.

So, how exactly did I cure it and end months of relative suffering?

To start off, let’s note that as in life, prevention is better than cure for pilonidal cysts. As such, you should avoid allowing yourself to develop a large cyst in your pilonidal sinus area. This means that you should not sit on uncomfortable chairs for extended periods of time, and try to never, ever sit on your coccyx – which is where our tailbone is. These points alone could potentially save you so much trouble, so if you need to buy a new chair or sofa because you think it’s really uncomfortable, do so. It just might save you from a pilonidal cyst.

Now if you have already developed a substantial cyst and it’s getting very painful, then you have no choice but to either go in for surgery or attempt to treat it from home yourself. If you prefer to give the former a shot, then keep reading.

Pilonidal Cyst Home Treatment Methods

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In essence, always consult a doctor first!

Below is a brief overview of the various home treatment methods we are going to discuss.

  • Frequent Hot Baths (+Epsom Salts)
  • Antibiotics
  • Garlic Remedy
  • Castor Oil Remedy
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Detox
  • Extra Tips & Important Notes

Frequent Hot Baths

Undoubtedly one of the best methods for treating a pilonidal cyst, it provides pain relief, cleanses the area, and can actually encourage the cyst to loosen.pilonidal cyst bath

The method is relatively simple. If you’ve ever run and had a bath before, then you know how to do it. One tip is to make sure the bath is as hot as you can comfortably take. Do not make it boiling hot, but it’s definitely better to have the baths slightly hotter than slightly colder. The heat will help to soothe the pain and give you at least temporary relief, and with repeated baths (at least one a day, preferably more), you may find that the cyst will actually shrink and leak out.

Try not to use too many bath soaps or bath bubbles unless they are 100% natural. It’s best just to have a clear bath with no bubbles, as they could potentially aggravate the cyst and cause more pain.

Many people have had success with using Epsom Bath Salts in their baths. These can provide a salty atmosphere for the cyst to rest in, which is very cleansing and will encourage the pus inside the cyst to come out. However, even without Epsom Bath Salts, hot baths are a crucial part of your home remedies inventory.


Now, antibiotics are also a crucial method of treating yourself from home. Although you will need to go to your doctor and be prescribed them, if you catch a pilonidal cyst early enough with antibiotics you can actually halt it in its tracks and stop it from developing further, which is fantastic as this means you won’t have to worry about any other method.

A crucial point is to ensure you go to your doctor and receive a correct diagnosis and get the right medication. Do not just go to the pharmacy and buy a pack of standard antibiotics, as the dose may be too high/too low and do more harm than good. The medical industry has a fairly good understanding of pilonidal cysts and thus they will be able to help. Remember to take them early and regularly (the prescribed amount), and don’t miss a taking as this could undo any of the previous hard work.

Garlic Remedy

pilonidal cyst garlicAlthough this treatment may seem a little too ‘out-there’ or holistic for some people, it has worked for many and really helped to reduce the inflammatory properties of their cysts.

This method basically involves breaking up a clove of garlic into fine pieces and placing it directly over the infected area with gauze for roughly 10 to 20 minutes. It is crucial to apply it for no longer than 20 minutes, which should be the maximum, otherwise it can cause the tissue on the area to become unbearably painful.

After done, flush the area with clean warm water and ensure it is clean. Repeat once every 24 hours for a test period of 3-7 days and see if it works for you.

Ensure the garlic has hairy roots at the bottom to ensure it is as natural as possible, otherwise it will not be as powerful as it can be. Garlic is a great antibiotic, and in some cases can help to get rid of the cyst almost completely.pilonidal cyst crushed garlic

You should also combine this method with frequent hot baths, preferably with Epsom Salt added to the bath water.

Tip – If you feel burning when you apply the garlic to your skin, do not worry! It is common, but as stated above you should not keep the garlic on your skin for an extended period of time.

Castor Oil Packs

Another proven method is the castor oil packs method. This form of pilonidal cyst home treatment is popular with herbalists and holistic practionioners, but just like with the garlic method, has worked for many people.

castor oil pilonidal cystIf you can, buy some castor oil at your local pharmacy (they are usually found in the laxative section), along with some sterile gauze pads. Empty a small amount of the castor oil on to the gauze, being careful not to spill it anywhere. Ideally you should use enough to lightly wet, not soak, the gauze.

Place this over the cyst pilonidal affected area with some plastic wrap, then apply dry, not moist, heat (like hot water bottles, for example). You can use these a few times every day for up to 60 minutes at a time.

Why do the castor oil packs work? Castor oil can purportedly pull infections out of the body, and can thus rid your cyst of the nasty bacteria inside. Combine this method with the method below (tea tree oil) to draw out and kill the bacteria inside the cyst at the same time, killing two birds with one stone.

Tea Tree Oil

The tea tree oil pilonidal cyst home treatment method is a bit simpler than the previous two methods. Simply buy a 100% natural bottle of tea tree oil, squeeze a small amount onto your hand, then rub it onto your cyst. This will not only reduce inflammation and the size of the cyst, but also help encourage it to go down. It’s a great, quick, cheap and natural method that anybody can do. Repeat this a few times a day or as necessary for as long as it takes.

Some people even report never having a pilonidal cyst again when combining this with hot baths daily. It’s definitely worth a try.



This last tip may apply to many illnesses, but as there are only benefits to be gained from doing it when you have a pilonidal cyst, it’s recommended that you detox as soon as you notice the symptoms. It’s never too late to detox, and detoxing will help you get rid of many illnesses. Drink plenty of water mixed with lemon juice and natural honey, and follow a clean diet with no junk food. The idea is to lighten the load placed on your body and cleanse yourself, which will also cleanse your pus-filled cyst.

pilonidal cyst detox

Extra Tips & Important Notes

Always consult a doctor before beginning any course of home treatment yourself.

Never exceed the stated dosage of anything, as doing so can cause serious problems.

Invest in a coccyx seat to help you sit down. If you are in the early stages of the disease, you will definitely be glad you spent the money and got one, believe me!

Never, ever try lancing the cyst yourself – this can be extremely dangerous.

If the cyst ever pops and the pus doesn’t come straight out, call an emergency service – blood poisoning can occur and can in some cases be fatal. This often occurs with self-lancing, so as mentioned above, don’t even think about it!

In conclusion

Pilonidal cyst home treatment can work, and it can work so well you won’t require surgery. Be sure to start with the frequent hot baths and continue from there, adding and taking away the various home treatment methods as you see fit. Pilonidal sinus cysts can last for months, so you will have some time to experiment. As always, consult a doctor and ensure you are not allergic to any of the treatments, and if you are simply continue with the hot baths and start a detox.

I hope this article helped you out, and you are now fully prepared to take on the pilonidal cyst yourself, at home, and at minor financial expense. Good luck!


Pilonidal Cyst Pain Treatment

If you have a pilonidal cyst, the number one thing on your mind will probably be how to go about treating it, and a close second would be pain treatment. At first it may seem that there is very little you can do, and as such you’ll just have to grin and bear it. But you are wrong – there are a few very effective means of reducing the pain.

The first thing to bear in mind is that you don’t want to aggravate the cyst and have anything rubbing up against it. As such you should wear loose fitting pants, and if you can avoid wearing jeans – especially skinny jeans, as they will restrict movement and rub up against the pilonidal sinus.pilonidal cyst pain treatment

Get yourself some cheap baggy tracksuit bottoms to lounge around the house in if you don’t have some already. Alternatively, and if your living situation allows it, it would be best to simply wear a bath robe with no underwear at all. You’ll get plenty of air to the cyst, which in itself will soothe the pain, and you will more than likely be able to move around more freely – at least more freely than if you were wearing skinny jeans.

If you absolutely have to go out of the house for shopping and the like, walk slowly. OK, this point may seem a little simple and obvious, but it’s surprising how many people try to rush about when they have a pilonidal cyst. The best thing to do is take things nice and slowly, as you’ll lessen the chances of aggravating – and god forbid tearing – the cyst.

As mentioned before on this site, the next effective pain relief method and treatment for a pilonidal cyst is to take frequent hot baths. Don’t worry about the water bill for now – fill the bath up and use some natural bath salts (optional), and then soak for as long as you want. A bath really can take the pain away, and although it’s not a permanent option at first, it’s fantastic for cysts in the long one and can actually help with treating them at home.

Don’t skimp on the temperature – the hotter the better. Don’t go and burn yourself or cause any pain with the water, but do the hottest you can comfortably relax in. Again, this will have many benefits for your cyst, and the heat will help to soothe it for longer.

Thirdly, and this is a good piece of advice for pretty much everyone suffering from a pilonidal cyst, is to buy a coccyx seat. What are they, you might ask?

In essence, a coccyx seat is a simple, lightweight and affordable seat you can purchase from various online retailers, and it’s specially designed so you can sit down and keep your coccyx (which is where pilonidal cysts mostly form) out of danger. They usually have a hole in them, and as unpleasant as it sounds, you simply sit down on them and in a sense slip your cyst into the hole, and there you are – hours of pain-free sitting.

The coccyx seat/cushion is universal and as such can fit onto sofas, hard chairs, and car seats (although they may not be advisable if you are driving – check your regions safety laws before doing so). There’s no need to worry about time-consuming or costly installation: just slip it on the seat and you are done. A few recommendations from Amazon are below, so be sure to check them out if you’re in too much pain sitting.

A slightly cheaper alternative is the coccyx ring, which is a donut-shaped seat enhancer that is quick and easy to deploy, yet provides very effective relief too.

Lastly, and perhaps a last resort, is to ask for some pharmaceutical-grade painkillers from your doctor or physician. Doctors mostly know how painful pilonidal cysts can be, and as such will often be sympathetic towards your plight. Strong painkillers can really help take the edge away, but be sure to keep to the recommended dosage.

pilonidal cyst pain relief

A common drug prescribed to sufferers is codeine – the benefits of this drug is that it is strong and you’ll be so spaced out you will probably forget you have a pilonidal cyst, but the negatives are that you’ll be so spaced out you’ll probably forget you have a cyst. That, and it can be addictive, so be sure to speak in-depth with your doctor if you really want to go down the route of taking painkillers.

I hope this article has given a few ways to help you with pilonidal cyst pain relief, and I hope that you won’t be suffering much longer!

Pilonidal Cyst Causes

During the Second World War over 80,000 soldiers were hospitalized from pilonidal cysts. At the time doctors attributed the causes of pilonidal cysts to irritation and trauma from riding across rough terrain in military vehicles. The condition even developed its’ own nickname, “Jeep seat.”pilonidal cyst causes

While pilonidal cysts are no longer as large of a problem as they were during the war, they are still a fairly common aliment. The cysts typically affect people who sit for long periods of time and can often become a recurring problem.

With contemporary medical advancements, researchers have developed a better understanding as to what causes pilonidal cysts. Doctors now believe that the cysts are caused by ingrown hairs within the coccyx, or tailbone, region. The word Pilonidal itself means “nest of hairs,” and hair follicles are almost always found inside the cyst. While the old wartime theory that pilonidal cysts were caused by trauma has never been officially disproved, contemporary doctors tend to think that trauma may only predispose people to the cysts. The medical community believes that trauma within the coccyx region merely expedites the cyst’s inflation, rather than actually causing the cyst to form.

While doctors are in agreement with the idea that pilonidal cysts are caused by ingrown hairs, there is some dispute as to what the relationship between the hairs and cysts truly is. In a handful of rare cases pilonidal cysts have appeared in locations outside of the coccyx region. Sheep shearers, dog groomers, and even barbers have developed pilonidal cysts between their fingers. As such, many doctors believe that pilonidal cysts are created as the body’s response to invasion by hair particles. According to this theory the cysts are created as a defense mechanism caused by the body’s misinterpretation of hair, even when it’s ingrown, being an invasive foreign substance.

The second theory proposes that pilonidal cysts are caused by stretching and motion within deep skin layers. This movement then causes hair follicle to rupture and cysts develop around the ingrown hair. Many doctors believe that this explanation would account for why so many cases of Pilonidal Cysts are related to activities that put stress on the coccyx region.

While the exact causes of pilonidal cysts are still debated, doctors are able to safely and effectively administer treatment. While pilonidal cysts can recur, the medical community has developed several advanced surgical procedures to keep pilonidal cysts from reappearing.

Pilonidal Sinus Treatment Without Surgery

Wondering whether it’s possible to treat a pilonidal sinus (also known as a cyst), without surgery?Various_scalpels

To answer the question: yes, it is. There are a number of ways of doing so, but they do rely on the right timing, the right information, and good knowledge of what needs to be done.

Home treatment for cysts has become common, and the methods listed on this site are such examples of these.

The main thing to bear in mind is that the sooner you can a pilonidal sinus cyst, the sooner it can be treated. As such, if you notice the symptoms and even slightly believe you may have one, it is imperative you see a medical professional as soon as possible.

If you do, you will probably be prescribed strong antibiotics, which brings us to the first treatment without surgery. Taken early enough and at the right dosage, the antibiotics can stop a cyst in its tracks and encourage it to disappear quickly. This may only work in the beginning to mid-term stages, however.

Alternatively, bathing in hot water will help significantly, and should be a key piece of treatment whatever you decide to do. The hot water will encourage the cyst to relax and possibly pop itself, and it will also provide some much needed relief.

A popular method of treatment without surgery for pilonidal cysts used to be lancing. Still practiced often in many parts of the world, lancing a pilonidal cyst is the procedure of a doctor, surgeon or nurse simply lancing your cyst with a sterile surgical instrument – causing the pus to flow out and the cyst to go down, eventually disappearing altogether.

Only a few years ago it was common belief that cysts could be lanced without the need of a doctor or healthcare professional, and many people simply took it upon themselves to get a friend or family member to stab their cyst with a sharp instrument and let the pus seep out. However, this has been proven to be extremely dangerous for a number of reasons, listed below.

  1. Firstly, lancing a pilonidal cyst at home will not provide the proper sterile environment and equipment that needs to be used, thus very much increases the chance of infection.
  2. Secondly, the person performing it will most likely not have the required knowledge or experience needed. If they lance the cyst without applying antiseptic, and then hit the wrong spot, the resulting pain could be atrocious – not to mention the high risk of blood poisoning, which can be fatal.
  3. Lastly, if you are house-proud, the pus from the cyst will not easily come out of a carpet.

Lancing can be done without the need for surgery, but it will need to be done by a doctor. They will be able to drain the fluid from the cyst, and then apply the correct aftercare to ensure no infections happen.

For more homeopathic remedies, the main article lists a number of ways that avoids lancing all together. Give them a try before you resort to lancing or even surgery, and you may be surprised to find that they work. Of course, be sure to keep in regular contact with a doctor and notify them of all updates, and if they recommend surgery then be sure to take it.