Apply a hot compress to your pilonidal cyst

apply heat to a pilonidal cyst

Nothing offers instant relief from the throbbing pain of a pilonidal cyst like heat. Whether it’s a warm soothing bath or a hot compress, radiating heat numbs the pain away fast.

A hot compress is one of those things every pilonidal cyst sufferer needs. Kind of like how a person with a broken leg needs their crutches.

How to make a hot compress

To make a hot compress, take about a pint of hot water, as warm as you can comfortably stand it, and add about 2 to 4 drops of your selected essential oil to it, like tea tree oil. Then place your folded piece of material, bandage or small towel, on top of the water and let it soak it up.

Take the wet hot towel and apply it to your cyst several times a day. Consider lightly bandaging the compress to hold in place.

Always re-dip the towel in hot water to start a new compress as soon as it has cooled to body temperature. The more you repeat this the better you’ll feel.

This really works wonders at healing the pain and bringing your cyst to a head quickly allowing it to open up and discharge the puss inside.

You can also do this simultaneously with any of the treatments mentioned on this site. Just take a hot compress and apply it on top of the topical solution (covered with gauze) for faster healing.

Video on how to make a hot compress at home


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Do you use a hot compress for your pilonidal cyst?

If so, please share your story or ideas with us below.


Michael Lynch is a former pilonidal cyst sufferer, freelance medical health researcher and writer. He devotes much of his free time helping other sufferers deal and cope with this terrible disease. Contact Michael

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