If you are between your 20s and 30s, you do a job that involves long hours of sitting and you feel a dimple-like abnormality in your buttock area, the bad news is you are likely to get a pilonidal cyst. While the cause of the appearance of pilonidal cyst remains controversial amongst experts, the most accepted reason is believed to be rooted in loose hairs that penetrate in the skin. Our body senses this kind of hair as foreign substance and sends signals to the immune system to react by forming a cyst around that hair. It is also believed that a sedentary lifestyle, sitting in one place for too long a day, family history or even being overweight can also make you more prone to get pilonidal cysts.
These pilonidal cysts cause you nothing but inconvenience. At first, you might not feel any noticeable symptoms except a dimple-like depression in your tailbone or coccyx area, but when it becomes infected, you can suffer from pains, redness and swelling, pus or blood draining from the abscess, foul smell. In some serious cases, the infection spreads and walking and sitting would be more difficult than it should be.
A doctor should be consulted; surgeries and prolonged treatment are needed in order to prevent infection and reduce the size of the cyst if you have severely suffered from it. However, in some mild cases of pilonidal cysts, some natural home remedies have been proven effective in minimize the occurrence and heal the cysts more quickly.
Garlic deserves to top the list when it comes to natural healing of pilonidal cysts because it is a powerhouse of antibiotics and antifungal properties. When consumed internally, garlic is a powerful immunity booster, assisting our body in fighting infection and encouraging the healing process.
How to apply:
- Crush 1 or 2 cloves of garlic into a fine paste and apply directly to the infected area. Cover it with a bandage for a few minute before rinsing thoroughly with water. You can repeat this remedy for a few days.
- Add 2 or 3 cloves of garlic to your daily diet to improve immune system
This is a very simple and effective way to reduce the swelling and relieve the pain caused by pilonidal cysts. Warm compresses also promote the blood circulation to the cyst and boost the healing process.
Tea Tree Oil
Packed with antifungal, antioxidant and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is proved to be able to shrink down the cyst and reduce inflammation.
How to apply:
- The simplest way is to use a dropper to directly apply tea tree oil to the cyst.
- Or you can dilute tea tree oil with water then use cotton to keep it pressed on the cyst for 10 minutes before rinsing and drying. It’s safe to repeat this action 3 to 4 times a day.
Epsom salt is another simple yet effective remedy to treat pilonidal cysts. Salt helps draw out toxins or liquid from the cyst and shrink it down considerably. Adding Epsom salt to your bathtub and relaxing for 15 minutes can really reduce pain and avoid further irritation and inflammation caused by pilonidal cysts.
Black Tea Bag
Black tea with its acidic properties is a natural healer of pilonidal cysts, keeping the infection at bay. Its anti-inflammatory nature is also a good source of pain and swelling relief.
How to use:
- Dip a black tea bag in hot water for a few minutes, then squeeze the excessive water from the tea bag and hold it over the infected area for 10 minutes. You can do this for several times a day.
Turmeric is well-known for one powerful compound –circumin which is extremely effective in healing and infection prevention. Besides, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties found abundantly in turmeric also provide relief of pain and drain out extra liquid from the cysts.
How to apply:
- Add a few drop of water to 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder to make a fine paste.
- Smear the paste to the infected area and rinse with warm water after the pus dries out.
Many people have been counting on Aloe Vera to cure skin-related conditions thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti- bacterial agents. So no wonder Aloe Vera is trusted to assist in the natural healing process and infection avoidance of pilonidal cysts.
How to apply:
- The first method is to directly rub the flesh of fresh Aloe Vera into the infected area and leave it fir 5 to 10 minutes before washing with warm water.
- Another option is to use a cotton ball soaked with Aloe Vera gel and cover the infected area well with that. You also leave it for 5-10 minutes then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
- It is safe to use Aloe Vera several times a day.
As obvious as it sounds, it is very important to maintain a good hygiene if you want to get rid of pilonidal cysts and prevent the cyst from spreading. Please note that you should not try any creams or gels without doctor’s consultation, high chance you can irritate the inflammation further.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This amazing, multifunctional liquid is the next guide to a natural healing of pilonidal cysts. Being acidic in nature means apple cider vinegar is able to balance the pH level of the skin, kill the bacteria and effectively remove toxins from the cysts.
How to use:
- You can dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and keep it on the cyst for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Or wash the infected area with the vinegar twice a day.
When you consider your diet, please remember what you eat also makes an impact on the healing process. Pilonidal is likely to spread when your immune system is weak, so eat healthy foods that strengthen immunity system such as vegetables, fruits that are rich in vitamin A and C, nuts, yogurt, garlic and ginger, etc.
This article hopes to how you there are simple ways you can do, with simple and available ingredients, to treat pilonidal cysts effectively.
This article is written by Lyndsie Beresford. She is currently the Senior Editor of Health and Nutrition section at AuthorityRemedies.com. She is also pursuing her master degree in Food Science at the University of Melbourne. With the great passion for nutrition and healthy diet, her future is brighter than ever in becoming one of the finest nutritionists and dietitians.