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Dr. Paul Harper
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Pilonidal Disease (Overview)

A chronic infection of the skin located in the buttock crease. It results from a reaction to hairs embedded in the skin. More common in men than women. Typically occurs between puberty and 40 years of age. Common in obese people and those with thick body hair.


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I have pilonidal disease and my cyst has begun to flare up, what can i do too resuce the flare up and pain till surgery? Please help

I have pilonidal disease and my cyst has begun to flare up, what can i do too resuce the flare up and pain till surgery? Please help

Pilonidal cyst : the solution is surgery. Untill you have it. Keep area clean. Shower multiple times a day. Bacteriacidal soap. Also for pain control you can use NSAIDs. And -/+ antibiotics per your surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Harper
26 doctors shared insights

Pilonidal Disease (Overview)

A chronic infection of the skin located in the buttock crease. It results from a reaction to hairs embedded in the skin. More common in men than women. Typically occurs between puberty and 40 years of age. Common in obese people and those with thick body hair.


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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
Once
Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
daily
Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
Once
Eat whole grains only - not white bread
Once
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How do I treat my pilonidal disease?

How do I treat my pilonidal disease?

Cleft-lift surgery: The most definitive operation for pilonidal disease is the cleft-lift. It has a very low recurrence rate, and a high percentage of primary healing. However, not all surgeons do this procedure - so it is beneficial to find one experienced in performing the cleft-lift. ...Read more

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I have pilonidal disease and my cyst has begun to flare up, what can i do too resuce the flare up and pain till surgery? Please help

Pilonidal cyst : the solution is surgery. Untill you have it. Keep area clean. Shower multiple times a day. Bacteriacidal soap. Also for pain control you can use NSAIDs. And -/+ antibiotics per your surgeon. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
Once
Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
Once
Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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I have pilonidal disease and the abcyst feels like its going too burst its tender and red? What can i do my surgery till months? Can i drain it?

Pilonidal cyst: We typically don't recommend patients drain abscesses (pus pockets) by themselves. Loculations (side pockets) can remain which need to be opened & drained as well. Of course, abscesses do drain spontaneously on their own but if it's that painful, go see your family doc who can safely perform procedure or refer you to surgeon who can do so. You may need wick/packing left in place to allow healing. ...Read more

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I had the surgery already but I have pilonidal disease. No abscess now, but the area hurts bad? Had 1 abscess 6 months ago. Surgery was 4 years ago

I had the surgery already but I have pilonidal disease. No abscess now, but the area hurts bad? Had 1 abscess 6 months ago. Surgery was 4 years ago

See doctor ASAP: There are several possibilities including recurrence of the abscess, slowly progressive infection of the underlying bone, some inflammation or scarring from prior inflammation pressing on a nerve root, etc.. You need to be seen by a doctor and re-evaluated and suggest that this be done before whatever this is becomes much worse. Good luck. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
once
Treat symptoms
once
See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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If someone who had pilonidal sinus 2 months ago & is fine now and free frm any kind of std,disease has anal sex with someone also free from std is ok?

If someone who had pilonidal sinus 2 months ago & is fine now and free frm any kind of std,disease has anal sex with someone also free from std is ok?

Not related: Pilonidal disease is not an ano rectal problem. It is a congenital defect of the skin. The status of the pilonidal is irrelevant regarding STDs or anal intercourse ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
daily
Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
daily
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Who gets pilonidal cysts?

Who gets pilonidal cysts?

Young adults: Pilonidal cysts occurs most commonly in young adults, mainly between the ages of 15-24. It is very rare for anyone to develop pilonidal disease after the age of 40. Males are more likely to develop these cysts than females. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of pilonidal cysts?

What are the symptoms of pilonidal cysts?

None: Patients with pilonidal cysts may not have any symptoms at all. In others the cyst may become infected resulting in inflammation and pain. The infected cyst may grow and rupture into the surrounding tissue, forming an abscess. Infected pilonodal cysts/abscesses can cause severe pain, redness, swelling, and warmth of the skin of the tailbone area. Abscesses may cause fever and drainage of pus. ...Read more

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Coping with Disease Outbreaks (Checklist)

Wash hands
6x day
Cover nose and mouth
daily
Avoid unnecessary contact
daily
Alert providers of contagion
daily