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How to Treat a Pilonidal Cyst Naturally
by Jaime A. Heidel
(The Best Years in Life) Do you have a cyst on your butt?
A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal skin growth that develops on the tailbone. It affects more men than women and has a tendency to plaque obese individuals and those with thick, stiff body hair. During World War II, more than 80,000 soldiers developed these types of cysts, leading it to be called "Jeep disease" for a short time.
When a cyst begins to form, you may notice an indent on the area above your buttocks (known as the sacrum). As the cyst becomes infected and engorged with blocked hair, foul-smelling pus, and blood, you will experience inflammation, swelling, and pain when sitting or even when certain types of clothing make contact with your skin.
As the infection spreads, you may develop a low-grade fever that progresses to a high fever, chills, and/or sweats. If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
Unless the condition becomes this serious, however, you should be able to treat your cyst naturally with these remedies:
Manuka honey is produced by bees that pollinate the manuka bush, a plant native to New Zealand. According to a study, 17 patients with pilonidal cysts were treated with manuka honey after surgery. Of these, 15 achieved complete wound healing and only two patients had a recurrence of wounds within several months of the treatment.
Put manuka honey on a gauze pad and gently place it on the affected area. Be sure your hands are impeccably clean, or, better yet, use a wooden spreader to apply the honey to the pad. Change the dressing two to three times per day.
The magnesium sulfate content of Epsom salt will help draw out toxins, relieve inflammation, and shrink the cyst. Fill your bathtub with warm water and add two cups of Epsom salt. Soak for half an hour.
Alternatively, you can soak a clean washcloth in a solution of hot (as you can comfortably stand it) water and Epsom salt and place it on the affected area. Do this every couple of hours.
Note: Do not use Epsom salt if you are pregnant, diabetic, or allergic to sulfur.
Research has suggested that the lauric acid content in virgin coconut oil is what gives it its natural antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. A study showed that wounds treated with virgin coconut oil healed much faster than wounds in the control group.
Using non-latex gloves or freshly-washed fingers, take a small amount of oil and smear it over the affected area. Do these two to three times per day.
Castor oil has been used for hundreds of years in the effective treatment of many common ailments, including cysts and boils. It appears to have the ability to draw out toxins and impurities and encourage cyst drainage. Soak a gauze pad in castor oil and place it on the affected area. Sit on a dry heating pad for an hour. Change the dressing and leave the new one on overnight. Remove. Do this until your cyst has decreased in size and has begun to drain.
Tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory oil. Using it directly on your cyst will help eradicate infection, shrink the cyst, and relieve pain. You can mix a bit of coconut oil in with the tea tree oil if it feels too strong on your skin. Both will work together to heal the cyst. Use this remedy three times per day.
Having a pilonidal cyst on your butt is not only embarrassing and painful, it can lead to serious health complications if not properly treated. Try one or two of these remedies at first to see which works best for you. If your symptoms worsen or do not improve within one month, talk with your healthcare provider.
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