Hi. I am new to the site but unfortunately not new to the wonderful world of pilonidal cysts. I was diagnosed with crohns disease about 5 years ago. I have a very mild case, thank God, however, along with Crohns disease came fistulas and not long after I developed polindal cysts. Whether they are connected or not, they all came around the same time. I get pilonidal cysts about twice a year and each time I have to have them lanced and drained. It has popped once on it's own after an extremely hot shower. This past week I have had lower back pain but didn't think anything of it because I work in a preschool and am constantly picking children up and bending over but last night, out of nowhere, I noticed a small lump right above my buttocks. Of course, I knew what it was right away. I immeditely ran a hot bath and hopped in. Today, I have been researching homeopathic remedies to help pop it on it's own. I just recently started a new job and cannot afford to miss work to have it lanced and drained. So anyways, I found many articles stating that garlic has worked with people with pilonidal cysts. I was just wondering if anyone else has had experience and luck. I have been using the garlic on and off all day along with hot water bottles and baths. The swelling appears to be getting smaller but I want the sucker gone! ha Thanks for reading.