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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Below is a brief overview of the various home treatment methods we are going to discuss.
- Frequent Hot Baths (+Epsom Salts)
- Garlic Remedy
- Castor Oil Remedy
- Tea Tree Oil
- Extra Tips & Important Notes
Frequent Hot Baths
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.
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.
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.
If 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.
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!
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!