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Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes; not recommended: You can. It increases the chance of getting a worse infection and worse scarring after healing. See your doctor and let them help in your care.
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
14 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Yes, but won't cure : Yes, you can "pop" it - but that will not provide for a cure. It will likely come back. It is best to see a physician in this situation to ensure ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Dowling
39 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
That would be a : Fairly normal course of events for it to relieve the buildup of pressure from the infected material creating an exit pathway or sinus. Without treatm ... Read More
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Temporary relief : If it pops and drains you may feel better within a few days. This takes the pressure of and may help the Acute infection. If you're lucky it won't fla ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Lydon
38 years experience General Surgery
It can: The "cyst' is really an abscess. An abscess can be sore weather it drains on its own or is incised.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Usually feels better: They pop when they are infected. The infection usually causes a lot of pain and pressure that is relieved once the cyst drains
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joey Bluhm
16 years experience General Surgery
Yes: See a surgeon. Pilonidal cysts can be difficult to treat and difficult to heal. An incision in the wrong place or opening in the wrong place can lea ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Cyst on tailbone: A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops in the midline of the tailbone near the cleft of the buttocks. The most accepted theory for the cause of thes ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Shaving, surgery: Uncomplicated cysts can often be managed with shaving the area. Dislodged hairs that work into the cyst cause the infection. Of course, some folks who ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
31 years experience Neurosurgery
No: Pilonidal cysts occur between the buttocks below the coccyx near the anus. They can cause intense pain and burning but only local small nerves are in ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Not likely: But if the infection is caused by invasive bacteria such as mrsa, it is possible. Seemingly trivial infections can turn into a life-threatening condi ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Yes: Pilonidal cysts can be painful, become infected, drain purulent fluid or blood. Thay can be treated with antibiotics when infected. They can be remove ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests.

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