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pilonidal cyst

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience in 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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience in 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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lali Sekhon
31 years experience in 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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience in 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience in 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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience in 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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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
See a surgeon: Medical treatment with antibiotics & soaking in warm bath water may help temporarily. See a surgeon if you need an infection drained or if a surgical ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
See doctor: Pilonidal cyst can often be managed with local care- shaving hair in the area, occasional antibiotics if redness and swelling occur. Cysts with relati ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Shave; have 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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