Pilonidal Cyst and How To Prevent It

Pilonidal Cyst and How To Prevent It

Pilonidal Cyst and How To Prevent It

A pilonidal (pie-low-NIE-dul) cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin located below the tailbone that usually contains hair and skin debris.

These cysts typically occur when hair punctures the skin and then becomes built up and causing a cyst. The cyst can be drained through a small incision or removed surgically.

Pilonidal cysts most commonly occur in young men, and the problem has a tendency to recur. People who sit for prolonged periods of time, such as truck drivers, are at higher risk of developing a pilonidal cyst.

An infected pilonidal cyst becomes a swollen mass (abscess). These are signs that a cyst has become infected:

  • Pain
  • Reddening of the skin
  • Drainage of pus or blood from an opening in the skin
  • Foul smell from draining pus

Prevention of a pilonidal cyst includes keeping the upper buttocks region clean by bathing regularly. Also, one should avoid unnecessary extended sitting periods as pressure on the tailbone can cause irritation.

Seek the help of a Colorectal Surgeon and Pilonidal Cyst specialist if you notice any signs or symptoms of a pilonidal cyst. They can diagnose and treat the condition with ease!

Source: Mayo Clinic


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