Iodine to treat a pilonidal cyst


Iodine is a trace mineral required by your body. The body does not produce its own iodine therefore it must get it from outside sources. Iodized salt, fish and certain vegetables are a few of these sources.

Under regular conditions, your body contains approximately 20 to 30 mg of iodine. About 70% of that is stored in your thyroid gland, located in the front of your neck, just under your voice box. Lesser quantities of iodine are also found in ovaries, muscle, salivary glands and in the blood.

Why you should use iodine

Iodine is natures enemy against bacteria. It’s often used as a topical treatment for many types of wounds. Ointments containing iodine are frequently used on burns to lower the risk of infection.

In fact, it’s so powerful at killing bacteria and viruses that its made into tablets and used in water as a purifier in many third world countries.

Using iodine for the treatment of pilonidal cysts is one of the natural treatments available to you.

How to use iodine to treat your pilonidal cyst

Always clean the area first with an antibacterial soap before applying.

Dab some iodine on a cotton ball and apply directly on your pilonidal cyst then hold in place with medical gauze and tape. Try to repeat this process at least twice a day. If you use povidine iodine, it will not stain like traditional iodine does.

Iodine soaks into the skin and kills bacteria.

Please note that pure iodine is corrosive and poisonous and should be handled very carefully, ideally while wearing gloves. Never ingest pure iodine.

Which iodine is the best

There really is no clear cut winner here as most of the popular iodine products out there are pretty good. However, Lugol’s Iodine by J. Crow is considered by many as the cream of the crop when it comes to iodine.

First made in 1829, Lugol’s Iodine is a solution of elemental iodine and potassium iodide in water. It is traditionally used as an antiseptic and disinfectant, and for emergency disinfection of drinking water.

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For easier application, consider iodine wipes

Iodine wipes are a great alternative to using liquid iodine. These wipes are colorless, odorless and saturated in iodine. Place a couple of these wipes on your cyst throughout the day to maintain healing. Or, you can simply wipe your cyst with these wipes frequently to keep it clean and infection free.

Iodine wipes are pretty cheap, easy to use and come extremely handy. It’s well worth your while to try the iodine wipe remedy on your pilonidal cyst.

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Have you ever used iodine to treat a pilonidal cyst?

If so,please share your experience with us below in the comments


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

6 Responses to Iodine to treat a pilonidal cyst
  1. ben
    August 3, 2011 | 5:59 AM

    I tried to put this on submit your own remedy but page does not load.i eat a few yogurts and bananas and it goes away sometimes that evening or in a few days. have had them before and this always works got the advice from my doctor.

  2. Leah
    August 24, 2011 | 7:20 PM

    I’m familiar with Pilonidal Cysts..this would be the sencond time this year that i’ve had one. The first time (back in February) it ended up branching out and making “caves”, goin up my lower back. So far, i just have a small bubble. Does the Iodine Treatment really work?

    • Michael Lynch
      August 25, 2011 | 11:44 PM

      Hi Leah,

      Yes, iodine does work, like so many others, but the problem is finding the one that will work for you. Is it tea tree oil, garlic, iodine, etc.? You almost have to try everything just to find out.

      Try this and see if it works for you. Best of luck.

  3. Billy
    January 18, 2012 | 12:54 PM

    I had my first pilonidal cyst about 3 years ago. My Dr. made a referral for a week later. That was the soonest I could get in. The pain was so bad there was no way I could wait a week. My wife said she would open and drain. I was more than willing. I didn’t even fill the lancing and the relief was immediate. It has tried to come back twice since then and as soon as I notice it I put iodine on it. This has worked both times with noticeable improvement by the next day. I believe the sooner you start this treatment the better.

    • Michael Lynch
      January 18, 2012 | 11:51 PM

      So your wife lanced your cyst? Brave woman.

      But you see the problem? Even with a lancing procedure done where the pus is drained from your cyst, ALL of the pus doesn’t come out so eventually (could be weeks, or months later) the cyst returns.

      You MUST remove every drop of pus in order to gain any permanent relief.

      The only natural way I know to do that is with homeopathy.

      • Hanim
        March 26, 2012 | 9:49 AM

        Help, not sure if I have over reaction or souhld go to ER b/c its sun. This is my 2nd pregnancy, first time was more painful, second time a week ago but less invasive due to the fact I am not 37weeks pregnant.But after two days of wound packing, it hurts but not horrible and itches a lot. Is this normal? it still has pus that is mostly yellow and a bit green. I don’t remember of last time. It’s not really red around where they drained the cycst which I assume is good.

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