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I hav pilonidal cyst for past an year but didnot went to dr. Its not painful? Shal I b concerned? Is it dang. To let it b? Itcauses a foul smell too

I hav pilonidal cyst for past an year but didnot went to dr. Its not painful? Shal I b concerned? Is it dang. To let it b? Itcauses a foul smell too

Time for the doctor: Hi Roger,

Pilonidal cysts are stubborn and need the care of a physician or surgeon. I'm afraid the foul smell means you might have an infection. Please see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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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Infected pilonidal cyst? Shaved my crack and now have symptoms likes leakage, a lot moisture around crack and anus. And a bad smell while sit/walk!

Infected pilonidal cyst? Shaved my crack and now have symptoms likes leakage, a lot moisture around crack and anus. And a bad smell while sit/walk!

You need to see: A surgeon. Tour symptoms are secondary to an abscess which is spontaneously draining. You need an exam to see if you either need an incision and drainage or just antibiotics. For the time being soak your bottom in warm water and cover with a dry gauze. ...Read more

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Plz help! My bum used to sweat so I shaved it now it's worse and smells bad! Could it be pilonidal cyst do to ingrown hair?! it's differ when I sit.

Plz help! My bum used to sweat so I shaved it now it's worse and smells bad! Could it be pilonidal cyst do to ingrown hair?! it's differ when I sit.

Not likely: A piloniidal cyst unless you have a history of painful red swollen lump in the area. Most likely a skin reaction and skin damage from shaving. See a doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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Could pilonidal cyst hit nerve?

Could pilonidal cyst hit nerve?

No: Pilonidal cysts occur between the buttocks below the coccyx near the anus. They can cause intense pain and burning but only local small nerves are in that area not big nerves. ...Read more

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Could I live with pilonidal cyst?

Could I live with pilonidal cyst?

Yes: Pilonidal cysts can be painful, become infected, drain purulent fluid or blood. Thay can be treated with antibiotics when infected. They can be removed with surgery. Should you so choose, you can keep your pilonidal cyst and deal with any problems they cause you. ...Read more

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Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

Can you pop your own pilonidal cyst?

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. ...Read more

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What should I do about pilonidal cyst?

What should I do about pilonidal cyst?

See doctor: Pilonidal cyst can often be managed with local care- shaving hair in the area, occasional antibiotics if redness and swelling occur. Cysts with relatively few symptoms can "burn out" by age 40 or so; it is rare to see folks over 40 with pilonidal cyst symptoms! However, your doctor can help you determine what treatment is most appropriate for your situation. ...Read more

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Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Can you surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Yes.: 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. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a pilonidal cyst?

How do you know if you have a pilonidal cyst?

Unusual at the of 46: Pilonidal l cyst usually appear in early adulthood, as infection, or painful pimple (abscess), or sinus draining pus or even hair protruding from it, located located at gluteal fold at loer end of spine. If you have pain swelling see your doctor ...Read more

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I have a pilonidal cyst, what do you recommend?

Initial treatment: Is local heat, antibiotics if necessary. It might come to surgical drainage. If it becomes a recurrent problem, you need to have definitive surgery. Be prepared for about two months before complete healing, depending on extent of cyst or abscess. Show it to a surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a pilonidal cyst, that doesn't bother me?

What to do if I have a pilonidal cyst, that doesn't bother me?

Nothing: If it doesn't bother you it may be safely watched. If it becomes red, swollen and/or painful. See someone immediately ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is a pilonidal cyst excision?

What is a pilonidal cyst excision?

Nest of hair.: An abscess or chronic infection usually at the top of the crease between your buttocks. Excision would be removal of this collection. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent a pilonidal cyst?

What to do to prevent a pilonidal cyst?

Not much: If you already have a cyst, because it needs to be removed if it is causing repeated infections. Show it to surgeon for alternatives you have at this point. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is causing an oozing pilonidal cyst?

What is causing an oozing pilonidal cyst?

Need to see MD: When there is ozzing there is a possibility that you may have an infection which may need to be treated. If you have recurrent problems then you may need surgery. If you have fever or not feeling well you should seek attention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is a pa qualified to remove a pilonidal cyst?

Is a pa qualified to remove a pilonidal cyst?

Surgeons: A pa can take care of the urgent issue if it is infected. Treatment for pilonidal cysts is more complicated than appears on the surface. Would recommend a general surgeon or a plastic surgeon be the one to take definitively care of it. ...Read more

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Difference between pilonidal cyst and teratoma?

Difference between pilonidal cyst and teratoma?

Completely different: 2 completely different entities.
One is due to an infection from hair, the other due to cells from embryologic origin. ...Read more

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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

A pus-filled abscess or sore that develops in the skin over the tail bone. Treatment is ...Read more