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  1. reggie q

    reggie q New Member

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    Hello. I am a 17 year old female and just this week, I have got my first pilonidal cyst. It's genetic, my mom and her brother had it when they were around my age. But, I am very modest and very, very scared of doctors/hospitals/surgery, and am wondering if there are other methods to drain or remove the cyst, like home remedies.

    Let me share the story first. So to start, I'm not a very active person, nor am I an ideal weight for someone of my height and age - a bit heavy. But what really triggered the cyst was an 8 hour car drive on vacation. At first I thought I had bruised my tailbone from sitting in the car so long but with each day, the pain grew worse.

    On Wednesday, my mom told me about the cyst and how it runs in our family when I had been complaining about it. I immediately felt sick at the thought of showing a doctor my butt or getting any part of me operated on. So I chose to ignore it, thinking it wasn't just a bruise. That night, the pain got worse. Thursday comes and I can hardly sit and it feels like there's this pressure back there. The 8 hour car drive home was only made bearable because I took some ibuprofen. Now I'm at home, lying on my belly because that's all I can stand, waiting for the second dose to kick in. I've applied a hot compress to the area and tomorrow, I'm going out to buy some epsom salt and castor oil, which I've heard can help.

    My family doesn't really have money for a doctor's visit or surgery right now. We just got back from vacation and we are moving soon, which means a lot of money is going into a house. Also, they're going to need my help to move furniture out so I can't afford to be recovering from surgery. Is the castor oil and epsom salt bath a good idea? Are there other home remedies I can try before going to a doctor?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Baxter4321

    Baxter4321 Very Helpful

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    Epsom salt baths and castor oil has apparently worked for some people, personally speaking though it never worked for me. I always had to go get it lanced for it to drain.

    If your in that much pain it may be ready to drain but just unable to do it on its own.

    I know how you feel about showing the doctor your butt, the first time it's pretty awkward. I had to get probably around 7 lancings before I finally got surgery and if you request a female doctor they'll accommodate you if they can. But also you shouldn't worry about that too much, think of all the things doctors see, butts are probably pretty low on that list. Plus once you get it drained you will feel a lot better!

    Try what you can at home but if it doesn't start draining your gonna need to see a doctor.
     
  3. Scootsmagoots86

    Scootsmagoots86 New Member

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    Doctors are trained to be very professional - granted some aren't but none the less, all of doctors I've shown my ass or other private parts to have all been very respectful....and I've been to many different walk in clinics before I finally found my family doctor.

    I agree with Baxter, try it out at home and hopefully it will break and get better but if it's not going to, go see a doc. They will get it all cleaned out nice and quick.

    It's a nasty embarrassing and painful ailment to have and I sympathize with everyone on here. But on the positive side you've got all of us to vent to if you need it since we all get what you're going through.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. reggie q

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    Thank you both for the comments. I have an update! I purchased the castor oil and the epsom salt. I soaked in the bath for about 15 minutes and after drying off, applied some castor oil to the area for about 20 before cleaning it off. Just a few minutes ago, I went to apply the castor oil a second time and found that some pus was oozing out of the cyst, which I hadn't even been able to see besides the red, tender area around it until the pus started coming out.

    I talked to my mom about it again and she informed me that she had to get the cyst lanced and then surgically removed. Hers was about the size of a ping-pong ball when she finally took care of it, which also means I must have found my early enough and maybe it's just causing me a lot of pain for some reason. My uncle only had his drained once and never had problems with it again. So it looks like things might be looking up for me if it's so small and draining after my first bath/oil application!
     
  5. Baxter4321

    Baxter4321 Very Helpful

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    That's great that it's draining! But also keep in mind that it could come back, you could get lucky! I had almost a 6 year gap between my first and second flare up, and once that second came, it started coming back about every two weeks until surgery was the only option left.

    I don't wanna bring down your happiness, just keep an eye on it, keep it clean and hopefully it doesn't give you too much trouble!
     

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