A 20-year-old female asked:
how long does it take for a polinidal cyst to come back after being popped and negative cultures. with antibiotic treatment. ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Andrew Carroll answered
24 years experience Family Medicine
Recur: Pilondial cysts have a tendency to recur, unfortunately. The cyst wall stays behind, even with rupture and antibiotic treatment, and the cyst can reaccumulate. In order to properly treat a pilonidal cyst, the cyst wall needs to be completely removed. Either your primary care physician or a surgeon can perform this procedure.
Answered on Mar 10, 2018
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Sometimes, never.: Pilonidal cysts are areas of chronic inflammation overlying the tailbone that arise due to ingrown hairs under the skin. These are prone to infections that form abscesses, requiring incision and drainage ("lancing"). Surgical excision is reserved for those that require repeated lancing, since these may recur as often as 25% of the time even after surgery. Fortunately, these are rare after age 30.
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
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