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A 40-year-old member asked:

what if a pilonidal cyst pops on it own?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
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 treatment this scenario may often recur.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
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 flare up again for a few years. However, if you don't have the cyst excised it can recur over and over again.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

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Dr. Jan Rakinic
Colon and Rectal Surgery 38 years experience
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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What happens after a dermal cyst excision heals?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Scar: You will have a scar and low chance of reoccurence.
A 47-year-old member asked:

When must I seek a dermal cyst excision?

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Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Dermal cyst: It can be removed any time if it is large and not infected.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Would it be a bad idea to try to pop my pilonidal cyst?

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Dr. Joey Bluhm
General Surgery 17 years experience
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 lead to months of poor healing. See a surgeon to have it properly evaluated and treated.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

What should I do if my pilonidal cyst popped itself?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pilonidal cyst: I would still have it checked as pilonidal cysts often recur. Surgical intervention may be warranted.

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