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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. ...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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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. ...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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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. ...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 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. ...Read more

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What can I do about my pilonidal cyst?

What can I do about my pilonidal cyst?

See a surgeon: 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. ...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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What can I do about an pilonidal cyst?

What can I do about an pilonidal cyst?

Shave; have surgery: 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. ...Read more

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What if a pilonidal cyst pops on it own?

What if a pilonidal cyst pops on it 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. ...Read more

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Can I just live with this pilonidal cyst?

Can I just live with this pilonidal cyst?

Pilonidal cyst: Pilonidal cysts are not uncommon and with no history of a discharge from the site or an infection one can live quite comfortably with this cyst. ...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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What can be done to remove a pilonidal cyst?

What can be done to remove a pilonidal cyst?

Surgery: Surgery is the only way to remove the cyst and the track that connects to it. If it keeps acting up you should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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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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How much does it cost to remove a pilonidal cyst?

How much does it cost to remove a pilonidal cyst?

Insurance: Your insurance should cover this. Check with them regarding your deductible.

It also depends on the actual operation that your surgeon utilizes. ...Read more

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Can you exercise even if you have a pilonidal cyst?

Can you exercise even if you have a pilonidal cyst?

Yes: Just don't do any exercises that cause you to put pressure on the cyst. Mostly because it will hurt. Otherwise, if you feel upto it, there is no contraindication. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does it hurt when your pilonidal cyst pops on its own?

Does it hurt when your pilonidal cyst pops on its own?

It can: The "cyst' is really an abscess. An abscess can be sore weather it drains on its own or is incised. ...Read more

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Can it be that a removed pilonidal cyst be back again?

Yes depending on the: Type of surgery done they can have a frequent recurrence rate. ...Read more

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What's total cost to surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

What's total cost to surgically remove a pilonidal cyst?

Locale specific: Unfortunately, there is no standard charge for the procedure. Different surgeon, hospital or surgicenter all charge differently. This is where it's worthwhile to comparison shop. ...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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What to do about my pilonidal cyst if is grown bigger this year?

What to do about my pilonidal cyst if is grown bigger this year?

See doctor for help: If the cyst is enlarging, you may wish to consider an elective cyst excision. As it gets bigger, the surgery to remove it is more extensive, and the potential compications also increase. ...Read more

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I Believe I have a pilonidal cyst but the hole is open but I feel the same symptoms should I be worried?

I Believe I have a pilonidal cyst but the hole is open but I feel the same symptoms should I be worried?

Pilonidal cyst: I believe that a general surgeon is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you for this disorder in case drainage of the cyst is needed. ...Read more

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What is the risk of not having a pilonidal cyst removed? I've had one for 12 years and it does not provide much, if any, discomfort.

What is the risk of not having a pilonidal cyst removed? I've had one for 12 years and it does not provide much, if any, discomfort.

No risk: There is no risk of leaving a pilonidal cyst. However, they can gradually enlarge. Assuming it is not changing in size, the only reason to have these removed is from a purely cosmetic standpoint. ...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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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

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