A pilonidal cyst, or commonly know as ‘nest of hair’, 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 left of the buttocks.
The ingrown hair irritates the skin, causes inflammation and creates cyst.
The exact cause of this condition is not known, but its cause is believed to be a combination of changing hormones (because it occurs after puberty), hair growth, and friction from clothes or from spending a long time sitting.
People who sit for prolonged periods of time, such as truck drivers, are at higher risk of developing a pilonidal cyst. It is prevalent in young men and it has a tendency to recur.
Pilonidal cysts are often very painful, and typically occur between the ages of 15 and 35.
- Pain at the bottom of the spine
- Redness at the bottom of the spine
- Swelling at the bottom of the spine
- Draining pus
A pilonidal cyst is treated with incision, drainage or surgery. But the good news is that there are several home remedies which you should consider as an alternative to surgery.
Here are 10 effective home remedies for a pilonidal cyst:
Exercising regularly would improve the circulation of blood and nutrients throughout the body. Walking and yoga are highly recommended. Increased blood flow to the cyst prone area can help in controlling the infection from inside and provide relief.
Bathe in warm water frequently
Using warm bath or a hot compress can bring down swelling, relieve pain and discomfort from the pilonidal cyst. Also, it will avoid reappearing of pilonidal cyst in the future.
Apply Tumerick on the infected area
Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder, put some water in it to make a paste and apply to the infected area. You can also add some to your food.
Use Garlic and Epsom Salt
Adding an extra pinch of salt to your meals can effectively help the irritation. Try adding some Epsom salts to your bath water and soak in it for about 15 minutes for extended relief. The antioxidants in garlic help in fighting against the germs that cause pilonidal cyst.
Put Apple Cider Vinegar on the infected area
Among the many benefits that apple cider vinegar provides, the relief of the pilonidal cyst infection takes an important part. Just soak a cotton pad in apple cider vinegar and apply it over the area. Do this several times every day.
Drink Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has high laxative, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Drinking a glass of Aloe Vera juice once a day can help treat this dermatological condition.
Apply Castor Oil
Apply it to the area and cover it with a bandage three times a day.
Apply a drop of tea tree oil
Put a drop of tea tree oil to the affected skin and feel its healing effects.
Consumption of two capsules of fenugreek during the morning and evening time would be recommended. Another way of using fenugreek is to take 1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek and add in half glass of boiled water. Let the solution be cooled before consumption.
Apply Chuna Mixture
Chuna is commonly known as slaked lime. It is beneficial in fighting against the infection caused due to pilonidal cyst. Add chuna in turmeric powder, apply this mixture on the affected area and cover it with a bandage.