can you pop your own pilonidal cyst

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Dr. Jan Rakinic answered:

Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

Yes; not recommended

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

On your own NO

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Pilonidal sinus, abscess needs urgent incision and drainage by a physician, if undrained may lead severe complications like necrotizing fasicitis etc,a trained professional can help you with minimum pain, please see your physician or go to ER
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can pilonidal cyst be cancerous?

Unlikely

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Not likely.
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Dr. ROBERT Uyeda answered:

Can u die from a pilonidal cyst?

Not likely

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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 can I do about my pilonidal cyst?

See a surgeon

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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 procedure to remove the pilonidal region is indicated for you.
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What can i do about an pilonidal cyst ?

Shave; have surgery

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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 aren't hairy have pilonidal cysts. If local swelling and pain occurs, infection is likely. Antibiotics can often treat the acute symptoms unless there is a frank abscess- that needs drainage. Recurrent symptoms usually require resection of the cyst.
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How can I get rid of a pilonidal cyst.?

Surgery

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Surgical Excision is the only way to get rid of a pilonidal cyst.
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What if a pilonidal cyst pops on it own?

That would be a

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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.
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Can a pilonidal cyst be a vanishing twin?

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The answer is no, no relationship at all to a vanishing twin.
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Dr. Jan Rakinic answered:

Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Yes.

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There are several surgical approaches to pilonidal cyst removal. The classic approach left a large open wound which healed in over time; recurrence was lower, but wound care was a problem. Newer approaches focus on smaller wounds and primarily closed wounds. More extensive procedures with flaps are generally reserved in the US for more extensive or recurrent disease.
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