Ever wondered how to get rid of those nasty cysts that keep recurring in and around the bottom of your tailbone? You may want to know a little more about them first before embarking on a mission to get rid of them forever. Read on!
Pilonidal Cysts are cysts that usually occur in and around the bottom region of the tailbone. Resembling normal cysts that occur elsewhere in the body, pilonidal cysts are usually filled with pus and are prone to infections. Some cysts also contain hair follicles. Infected cysts can be extremely painful and can make it very difficult for the individual to even walk or sit. In severe cases, the cysts can rupture, ooze pus or bleed.
The exact cause for the occurrence of Pilonidal cysts is not clearly known. In certain cases, the presence of a large abscess in and around the sacroccygeal area can trigger the development of pilondial cysts below the tailbone. An asymptomatic hair in the nearby area that contains sinuses or cysts can also lead to the formation of pilonidal cysts. The occurrence of these cysts is more common in men than in women and is usually prevalent in men below 40 years of age. In certain cases, the cysts can remain dormant for several years and flare up all of a sudden; causing symptoms like pain, redness, pus drainage, bleeding, inflammation and even fever etc.
Simple and Effective Home Remedies for Pilonidal Cysts
Even though Pilonidal cysts can be treated with medications, there are several home remedies that can reduce the occurrence of these cysts and provide relief from the symptoms of existing cysts. Given below are some of the most recommended home remedies for Pilonidal cysts.
Maintain Proper Personal Hygiene
Keep The Area Free Of Hair
One of the best ways to treat pilonidal cysts at home is to maintain proper personal hygiene, especially in and around the concerned area. Pilonidal cysts are usually more prevalent in the hairy areas in and around the tailbone region. So start off by removing the hair from this region.
Use a sterilized shaving blade, an epilator or a depilatory cream to remove hair from the tailbone region. Be extremely careful when shaving the area (or using an epilator) lest you break the cysts. And avoid using creams that can potentially cause irritation in the area. Ask a doctor for choices beforehand. Regular removal of hair from this region would reduce the occurrence of pilonidal cysts, and effectively reduce the symptoms of existing ones.
Clean The Area Regularly
Washing the cyst prone area regularly can keep it clean and free of impurities and infections that could potentially lead to the formation of pilonidal cysts. Clean the area in and around the tailbone with a mild soap or cleanser at regular intervals throughout the day, or at least twice a day (before you go out and after you come back home).
Avoid using harsh soaps that can irritate the area and increase inflammation. If possible, opt for glycerin which can act as a mild cleanser and get rid of the infection in the process. Keeping the tailbone region clean would effectively reduce the symptoms of pilonidal cysts and prevent recurrences as well.
Avoid Using Irritants
It is considered wise to keep the cyst prone area dry as well. A moist environment could cause the infection to easily spread to other parts of the body. So pat the area dry with a soft towel immediately after washing it. The symptoms of pilonidal cysts can be aggravated by powders, creams or oils that you apply on the cysts. So refrain from applying any kind of powder, cream or oil on severely infected cysts.
Eat a Healthy Diet
A weakened immune system can further aggravate the symptoms of pilonidal cysts. So make it a point to include plenty of fruits and vegetables, and plenty of nutrients to your existing diet in order to boost the immune system and bring down the infection to a great extent.
These include garlic, chicken, mushrooms, yogurt, onions, citrus fruits, honey, ginger, spices and black pepper etc.
Kitchen Counter Remedies
The severity of the symptoms of pilonidal cysts can be reduced to a great extent with certain kitchen counter remedies. These include:
Garlic is known for its potent antibacterial, antibiotic and antiseptic properties which are known to fight off all kinds of infections from the human body.
Adding garlic to your meals can help reduce the occurrence of pilonidal cysts by controlling the infection behind it. You can also eat a few cloves of garlic every day to get relief from the symptoms.
Essential Oils are commonly found in plenty of antibiotics and antiseptics. The antibacterial properties of these oils help to get rid of the infection causing the cysts while their healing properties help to promote quick healing, thereby preventing the development of scars in the infected area.
The oils that are usually recommended for the home treatment of pilonidal cysts include tea tree oil (which supports tissue development in the infected area), jojoba oil (acts as a natural moisturizer that soothes and heals the skin), peppermint oil (helps to reduce irritation, itchiness and inflammation in the cyst prone area) and sage oil (helps remove harmful toxins that could lead to the formation of pilonidal cysts in the area) etc.
Adding an extra pinch of salt to your meals can effectively help the irritation and inflammation caused by pilonidal cysts. Alternatively, try adding some Epsom salts to your bath water and soak in it for about 15 minutes for extended relief.
Beeswax is known to contain Vitamin A which can bring down the infection and promote cell growth and reconstruction in the infected area. So make it a point to add plenty of foods rich in Vitamin A to your diet.
Excellent examples include sweet potatoes, red pepper, carrots, lettuce, butternut squash, apricots and liver etc. You can also take Vitamin A supplements regularly for the same purpose.
Honey contains potent antibiotic and antioxidant properties that can effectively reduce the symptoms of pilonidal cysts in addition to preventing recurrences.
Mix a tablespoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it every morning for relief from the condition.
Turmeric is very effective in treating pilonidal cysts, including abscesses resulting from the condition. Adding some turmeric to your meals can help offer relief from the symptoms of the cysts.
Other Kitchen Remedies
Other kitchen remedies include castor oil and iodine, both of which help to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by pilonidal cysts, and promote quick healing.
Apply Hot Compresses
Applying a hot compress over the infected cysts can bring down swelling to an extent and offer relief from the pain and discomfort caused by the condition.
Alternatively, you can fill a bathtub or bucket with hot water (not too hot though) and sit in it for about 10-15 minutes to get relief from the pain caused by the cysts.
Exercising regularly would improve the circulation of blood and nutrients throughout the body. Increased blood flow to the cyst prone area can in turn help control the infection from inside and provide relief from pilonidol cysts and their symptoms.