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Help! need to know if there's a less painful way to get rid of pilonidal cyst?

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Dr. Johnny Green
Colon and Rectal Surgery 41 years experience
Not usually: A pilonidal cyst usually comes to attention when it gets infected and has become an abscess. That usually needs to be drained. Once the infection is cleared up there are several choices is now to get rid of the cyst permanently but surgery of some kind is usually involved.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Infected?: Abx will NOT cure a pilonidal cyst. They can help clear the infection and surrounding cellulitis that can occur when the cyst becomes infected. .... but not the cyst itself. The cyst needs to be removed if bothering you. If not bothering you can be safely watched.

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