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.