How to Heal a Pilonidal Cyst with an Epsom Salt Bath

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How to Heal a Pilonidal Cyst with an Epsom Salt Bath

What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?

A pilonidal (pie-low-NIE-dul) cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin that usually contains hair and skin debris. A pilonidal cyst is almost always located near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks.

What Causes a Pilonidal Cyst?

Pilonidal cysts usually occur when hair punctures the skin and then becomes embedded. If a pilonidal cyst becomes infected, the resulting abscess is often extremely painful. The cyst can be drained through a small incision or removed surgically.

Pilonidal cysts most commonly occur in young men, and the problem has a tendency to recur. People who sit for prolonged periods of time, such as truck drivers, are at higher risk of developing a pilonidal cyst.

healing pilonidal cyst


Here are some of the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst.  These include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the bottom of the spine
  • Pus or blood draining out of it
  • Bad smell from the pus
  • Painful or tender to the touch
  • Fever
  • They can vary in size. Yours may be a small dimple or cover a large, painful area.

Why Do People Suggest Soaking a Pilonidal Cyst In Epsom Salt

Using Epsom salt to get rid of a pilonidal cyst.  Soaking a pilonidal cyst in Epsom Salt help to get rid of the cyst. Epsom salt isn’t just relaxing; it has numerous health benefits, including the ability to treat boils! The salt can actually help to dry out the pus, causing the boil to drain. Dissolve Epsom salt in warm water and soak it in a bathtub.

Epsom Salt bath

Treatment – How to Heal a Pilonidal Cyst Epsom Salt Bath

How to make a pilonidal cyst Epsom salt bath


  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Bathtub
  • Lukewarm water


  1. Fill the bathtub up with warm water and add the Epsom salt to the water.
  2. Lay in the bathtub for 20-30 minutes.
  3. You can also mix bath salts like lavender salt or chamomile bath salt.  I like to use Dr. Teal.


Repeat this every day or rotate it every other day until the cyst heals.

Why Is Epsom Salt Bath So Successful with Aiding In The Healing Process of Pilonidal Cyst?

Epsom salt helps in drawing out the excess liquid that may have been stored in the subcutaneous layer of the skin, similar to boils and cysts. It also helps in reducing irritation or inflammation that usually occurs from pilonidal cysts. This warm salt bath will not only relax you after having to deal with this uncomfortableness all day long but also help to heal the pilonidal cyst.

Advice To Consider

Everyone’s body reacts differently and what works for me may not work for you. If you notice that your cyst is not improving or getting worse then you should see a doctor and for consultation.

Stacey Chillemi

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