Pilonidal cysts (also known as pilonidal abscesses and sacrococcygeal fistulas) are painful conditions that can become serious if not handled correctly. Although seeing a doctor is the best way to alleviate pain and ensure your cyst heals completely, in some cases patients may want to first try home remedies. These methods can be effective for treating mild cysts. However, if a cyst does not go away on its own, you will likely require surgical treatment to prevent the development of a pilonidal abscess. Occurring when a cyst becomes infected, an abscess can cause patients to suffer fever and pain among other unpleasant side effects.
While sacrococcygeal fistulas are rare (on average only 26 people out of 100,000 will develop the condition), these growths can be very painful and affect your ability to sit or lie down without discomfort. Home remedies exist to ease your pain until you can see your doctor and determine the right treatment for you. In the case that home remedies prove ineffective, don’t hesitate to contact our Los Angeles colorectal facility for a consultation.
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Abscess Prevention Tips
Prevention is always better than treatment. That’s why it’s important to know how to prevent a cyst from forming. One of the main causes of an abscess is ingrown hair. Removing the hair on the lower back on a regular basis can prevent the growth from ever forming. Hair removal is best accomplished by either shaving or by using hair removal cream.
It’s also important to keep the area clean and dry and to not get it irritated. Glycerin soap is recommended because it can keep the desired area clean while being less irritating than larger name brands. Be sure not to use powders or oils on the lower back to ensure the skin’s ability to breathe.
Lastly, sitting for extended periods can irritate the area, making an individual more prone to developing a cyst. Be sure to stand up and walk around periodically throughout your day and avoid sitting for extended periods of time.
Home Remedies for Cysts
There are a few home remedies that can help alleviate the pain caused by a sacrococcygeal fistula. Many patients find relief taking hot sitz baths that soak the lower part of the back and alleviate some of the pain. A sitz bath is a shallow bath of warm water drawn specifically to soak. Additionally, applying a warm compress to the affected area has been known to relieve pain.
Some patients have also had positive results with castor oil. Apply a small bit of castor oil to a pad and put it directly on the cyst with the help of dry heat. This has also been known to help alleviate some of the pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How can I prevent a cyst from occurring?
A: Cysts occur because of hair follicles that have been pushed back under the skin. One of the most immediate ways patients can decrease their chances of developing a cyst or abscess is by removing hair in the lower back region by shaving or using laser hair removal. Other prevention steps include keeping the area clean, using glycerin soap instead of normal soap, and staying away from powder/oils which can clog up skin pores.
Q: Which type of home remedies can help?
A: The most basic home remedies for tailbone abscesses involve taking a warm or hot sitz bath and soaking the lower back. A sitz bath is a shallow tub of water used to soak an area on the body. Patients can also apply a warm compress to the inflamed area.
Q: Are buttock cysts common?
A: No, they are not. People have a .026% of getting a pilonidal cyst (26 out of 100,000). However, the disorder can be debilitating for those that do suffer from it.
Q: What’s the best way to treat a cyst?
A: Always opt to see an experienced specialist like the ones we have at our Los Angeles center. Seeing a trained professional guarantees the highest level of care while minimizing the likelihood of a recurrence.
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Home remedies only help some of the time, whereas the medical procedures at the Pilonidal Cyst Center are proven ways to remove cysts and reduce pain. Our team is here to help everyone who is suffering from the effects of a pilonidal cyst and will do everything in our power to give you the best treatment possible. Please don’t hesitate to call our office at 888.397.7135 to book your appointment and immediately improve your quality of life.
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