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Best antibiotics for pilonidal cyst? What is the name of a sinus infection in the groin region caused by pilonidal cyst?

Best antibiotics for pilonidal cyst? What is the name of a sinus infection in the groin region caused by pilonidal cyst?

No one best: The best antibiotic depends on the organism. Often it is a skin related staph or strep. Consider I&D to get sample of pus with culture. Some would treat with Cephalexin or Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole. Cyst in groin, not pilonidal (only at base of spine).Groin cyst maybe ingrown hair, maybe hydradenitis suppurativa, requiring further eval and rx.

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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Had very small pilonidal cyst 3 weeks ago. Doc gave antibiotic, I soaked in bath. Cyst drained, now extremely small, no pain for 3 weeks. What's next?

Had very small pilonidal cyst 3 weeks ago. Doc gave antibiotic, I soaked in bath. Cyst drained, now extremely small, no pain for 3 weeks. What's next?

Excision: You can wait and see if you get another episode. If keeps happening then excision is available. It must be done when there is no infection if possible to improve healing. In mean time, keep area clean and hairless. In some people waxing or using the hair removing lotion on the strip of skin may help to avoid clogging the sinus

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What is a pilonidal cyst?

What is a pilonidal cyst?

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 these cysts is the blockage of hair follicles in the skin of the area which creates "pits" in the cleft of the buttocks. As the follicles become clogged with hair and skin debris, cyst formation occurs.

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What treats pilonidal cyst?

What treats pilonidal cyst?

Surgery: The only treatment for pilonidal disease is surgery. There are numerous surgeries offered for this. Ultimately, it will be what your surgeon is most comfortable with and has done most often.

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Can u die from a pilonidal cyst?

Can u die from a pilonidal cyst?

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 condition if not treated properly. See a surgeon for an opinion.

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What are the tests for pilonidal cyst?

What are the tests for pilonidal cyst?

None needed: It is a clinical diagnosis and does not need any lab tests.

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What should I do if my pilonidal cyst popped itself?

What should I do if my pilonidal cyst popped itself?

Pilonidal cyst: I would still have it checked as pilonidal cysts often recur. Surgical intervention may be warranted.

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How to treat a pilonidal cyst?

How to treat a pilonidal cyst?

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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Is removing a pilonidal cyst outpatient?

Is removing a pilonidal cyst outpatient?

Outpatient or inpati: Treatment may include antibiotic therapy, hot compresses and application of depilatory creams. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be lanced or surgically excised (along with pilonidal sinus tracts). Post-surgical wound packing may be necessary, and packing typically must be replaced twice daily for 4 to 8 weeks.

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Pilonidal cyst treatments?

Surgery: The only treatment for pilonidal disease is surgery. There are numerous surgeries offered for this. Ultimately, it will be what your surgeon is most comfortable with and has done most often.

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Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Could cancer cause a pilonidal cyst?

Not typically.: But in very rare cases a chronic inflammation (like from a pilonidal cyst) can result in skin damage which could turn into cancer.

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Can a pilonidal cyst be a vanishing twin?

Pilonidal: The answer is no, no relationship at all to a vanishing twin.

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Is it safe to drain a pilonidal cyst yourself?

Is it safe to drain a pilonidal cyst yourself?

No: Without proper medical training you may worsen the situation or further injure yourself. Also it would be nearly impossible for a person to see that area properly & be able to perform incision & drainage & wound packing under sterile conditions.

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How do I get rid of this pilonidal cyst myself?

How do I get rid of this pilonidal cyst myself?

Not possible: Don't waste your money on home remedies - they don't work and often times introduce or worsen pre-existing infection. There is a range of treatment options available - only you and your doctor/ surgeon can decide what is the best option for your presentation.

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Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

Mri to diagnose pilonidal cyst, how is this done?

Surgically excised: A pilonidal cyst, also referred to as a pilonidal abscess, pilonidal sinus or sacrococcygeal fistula, is a cyst or abscess near or on the natal cleft of the buttocks that often contains hair and skin debris. Sometimes, cyst is asymptomatic. Treatment may include antibiotic therapy, hot compresses and application of depilatory creams. In more severe cases, the cyst may need to be surgically excised.

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Is it safe to let a pilonidal cyst burst on its own?

Is it safe to let a pilonidal cyst burst on its own?

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. Check this with your physician. Any infection can be associated with risks.

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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

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