Natural pilonidal cyst remedies

Updated February 21, 2017

A pilonidal cyst is a pocket of flesh that usually contains other matter such as hair, tissue or skin. They are almost always located at the base of your spine, near the cleft of the buttocks. These cysts usually appear in people between the ages of 15 and 24, more often in men than women. Though pilonidal cysts are harmless, they can become painful, as well as serious, if they become infected. Some natural and home remedies are available if you have a pilonidal cyst.


If you have had a pilonidal cyst develop, you can take certain steps to keep them from reoccurring. Keep the area hair-free if possible. The area should always be dry and clean; wash it daily with glycerine or antibacterial soap. Do not use any powders in the cyst area. Also, avoid sitting for extended periods of time as that can influence the growth of another pilonidal cyst.

Home Remedies

If your cyst is in an early stage, you can probably cure it on your own with the proper home care. The most common remedy is soaking in a warm bath with Epsom salts. This will cut down on swelling and pain and also possibly reduce the cyst. Regular light exercise, such as walking, can also help. However, if your cyst becomes infected, there are no natural remedies and you should undergo surgery.

Natural Remedies

While most conventional doctors will suggest surgery for your pilonidal cyst, there are some naturopathic methods that, though clinically untested, are said to cure these cysts.

The spice turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties and can be taken mixed with water or you can find a capsule form at a natural foods store. Another option is making a paste of turmeric and water and cover the cyst with this mixture. Make sure you cover it with gauze or a bandage since turmeric can stain the skin or clothing.

Tea tree oils have natural antiseptic properties that are helpful for issues with the skin. The application of one drop daily to the boil can perhaps shrink it.

Naturopaths also believe in the healing power of castor oil. Try applying some castor oil to a cotton ball and placing it over the boil. Like all remedies, it is important you discuss these with your doctor before trying them.


If your pilonidal cyst becomes infected, your doctor will first open and drain the cyst, removing any hair or debris inside. This can be done in your doctor's office with local anaesthesia. Your wound will then be dressed. For about 50 per cent of people with a pilonidal cyst, this treatment will solve the problem.

If infection returns, your doctor will need to perform a procedure to remove the cyst. It is important that you properly take care of the wound following surgery. Your doctor will give you instructions for proper care, which includes shaving to prevent other hair from entering the wound.

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David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.