About Pilonidal Sinus Treatment
A Pilonidal sinus also called Pilonidal cyst, Pilonidal abscess or Sacrococcygeal fistula is a cyst ( small sac ) or tunnel in the skin. It develops over the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks. The cyst usually contains hair and skin debris. More than one cyst may develop and these are linked by tunnels under the skin.
No treatment is necessary in case of a Pilonidal sinus that lies dormant, which means it is not infected. In this silent phase, certain precautions are advised which may abate the chances of infection and thereby, the need for a surgery. Following care should be taken :
1. Keep the area as clean and dry as possible.
2. Avoid sitting in one place for too long, avoid driving for long hours.
3. Remove hair from the area using a razor or hair removal cream. You could see a dermatologist ( skin specialist ) and consider permanent hair removal with Laser.
1. More common in males
2. Sedentary lifestyle
3. People who sit for long hours at a stretch
4. eg. Drivers
5. Thick body hair especially those that are coarse and curly
7. Previous injury in the area
8. Family history of Pilonidal sinus
9. Having a deep cleft between buttocks
10. History of previous Pilonidal cyst
1. Recurring episodes of pain or swelling in the area of the tailbone.
2. Yellowish pus-like or bloody discharge from the tailbone area which may be foul smelling
3. Painful lump under the skin in that area
4. Certain activities like riding a bicycle, doing sit-ups may be very uncomfortable.
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