Pilonidal Cyst Treatment Overview
No medical treatment is needed for pilonidal disease that is not causing symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with a pilonidal cyst or pilonidal disease, keep the area around the cyst clean and dry. Use an antibacterial soap to wash the area. And wipe with an alcohol swab 2 to 3 times a day when the pilonidal area begins to get irritated. Your doctor may tell you to keep the area cleared of hair by shaving, using a hair-removing lotion (depilatory), or having electrolysis. This reduces the chance of hair entering the cyst and contributing to infection.
If a pilonidal cyst is infected, your doctor will usually prescribe an antibiotic unless the cyst needs to be drained right away.