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I got a boil december of 2009 (recieved it from other employees at McDonalds). I didn't do anything about it until I ended up in the hospital because I couldn't stand the pain anymore. The doctor told me that it needed to soften up because it had harded before he could fix the problem. So two days later I went back and he lanced it open. It went away but not even three months later it came back. Same spot and everything. The doctor lanced it open. Its safe to say I have had at least 7 since 2009 and each time it has been on my tailbone. At one point I couldn't walk for a week because they hit a nerve. Now I have another, same spot and everything. To me it feels like they are coming back more quicker than the last. So I pushed a safety pin right in the middle, added some cleaning solution, and gauzed it and now I am setting on a heating pretty much if any body has and idea on how to help me keep from getting these or maybe helping me make this one go away I would so appreciate that.

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I was reading over your post and it sounds to me like you are suffering from a Pilonidal Cyst and not a boil. emedicinehealth.

I would definitely look at the symptoms and discus it with a doctor.

Pilonidal Cyst Overview

A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops along the tailbone (coccyx) near the cleft of the buttocks. These cysts usually contain hair and skin debris. The term pilonidal is derived from the Latin words pilus (hair) and nidus (nest). Individuals with a pilonidal cyst may not have any symptoms at all (termed asymptomatic), whereas others may develop an infection of the cyst with associated pain and inflammation. The treatment and management of pilonidal cysts depends on many factors, including the presence of symptoms and the extent of the disease. Recurrence of pilonidal cysts is common.

Pilonidal cysts occur more frequently in men than in women, and they are more common in Caucasians than in other racial groups. Pilonidal cysts usually occur between the ages of 15 to 24, and their development is uncommon after the age of 40.


Hi, I have dealt with pilonidal cysts a few times before I knew exactly what they were. Like you, I couldn't walk for weeks at a time. I've had about 3 episodes where the pain was absolutely unbearable. I went to the hospital for one of the times and it was confirmed that they were pilonidal cysts. They seem to pop up every summer, but I've found a way to combat them.

As soon as I feel the soreness on my tailbone and feel the little bump forming, I put Nair or Veet (hair remover cream) in the area, let it sit for a few minutes then rinse it off with a hot shower and scrub the area really good to remove any dirt or hair. It seems that the cysts form because of hair, so I've found that using the nair will remove any little piece of hair and kill the cyst before it even starts.

Since I started doing this, I haven't had another cyst back there that was painful enough where I couldn't walk since 2007.

I hope this helps you. I have definitely felt your pain!


You defineately have a Pilonidal cyst. I had one, and had it removed through surgery. It has never come back. Good Luck!


I had it too. Last year. Same spot.


Yes you are definitely looking at a Pilonidal Cyst. My was so painful and left me helpless on vacation. When we returned the doctor lanced it and left open to drain with the gauze tail hanging out. It came back several times, and a surgeon finally removed it about 12 years ago. He left the wound open to heal from the inside out, and it had to be packed every day. So far this has been the cure.
I wish you all the luck.


I like you have had reouccuring boils/cysts in the same location. I have had surgery 3x and have used antibiotics and none of that kept it from coming back. Finally someone suggested that my diet was causing my pain. Coincidentally everytime I went on a eating binge of fast food and sugar is when the boils would occur. I was directed to drink a 'detox' tea I purchased from a natural foods store. I found that it works really well along with a garlic supplement' Kyolic. It is a natural antibiotic. However the best defense has been avoiding it by changing my eating habits. Reducing sugar and caffeine, and saying NO to fast food and greasy foods (of course when possible;})


my dad and brother had boils a few times and they stopped them by taking a liquid vitamin formula called 3 s tonic i live cleveland ohio and our rite-aid sells it.


I've had that and I needs to be surgically removed. The first time it was so bad that I could not sit down. I was on heavy duty pain mess and antibiotics. The second, a few years later, it ended up bursting open before I made it to the doctors (it burst on the surgical scar). Do you spend a lot of time sitting down? That seems to be a factor from what I've read. But please see a dr instead of trying home remedies. I don't think it'll work for this one.


I am nearly recovered from my first (and hopefully last) cyst. I'm certain it was due to prolonged sitting at work. Swelling and pain that was quite severe. I was treating it with otc painkiller and applying heat several times a day. Still was getting worse and I became desperate and began praying to St. Raphael for healing. (I'm not a religious person). It began draining within 24 hours with a horrid smell. Drained for about 3 days, I just kept cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, repacking with gauze & neosporin and gently massaging to encourage draining and continued petitioning St Raphael. Its been about 10 days and I'm close to normal and very careful about prolonged sitting.


I've had a pilonidal cyst since the age of 17. I am now 37.

I experience at least one flare up per year. Sometimes more depending on my lifestyle at the time. Winter is the worst.

Definitely sitting for prolonged periods of time is a culprit of reoccurance for me. Another is any kind of injury to the area.

I know people who have had surgery only for them to come back or worse, ending up septic due to mrsa.

When I feel one forming I immediately start with warm baths with either Epsom salt or sea salt to start the draining process along with exfoliating the area. Once the cyst opens I clean the area with hydrogen peroxide then I soak a cotton pad or ball with acv and tape in place or use a bandaide. This usually kills the infection quickly.

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