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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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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 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 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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About 3 or 4 yrs ago I found that I have a pilonidal cyst, should I have surgery soon?

About 3 or 4 yrs ago I found that I have a pilonidal cyst, should I have surgery soon?

Pilonidal Cyst: If you have discomfort again, go and see a surgeon for it. They tend to come back. When small may disappear by themselves. Complex or recurrent disease must be treated surgically. Procedures vary from unroofing the sinuses to excision and possible closure with flaps. Larger operations require longer healing times. If the wound is left open, it will require dressing or packing to keep it ok. ...Read more

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Should I be worried that a newly found pilonidal cyst has been bleeding for about a week, should I seek medical attention immediately?

This doesn't sound: like an emergency, but I would recommend you call the doctor who is seeing you for the cyst and be seen in the next few days. ...Read more

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Going to the doctor tomorrow to see about this possible pilonidal cyst but right now i touched it and feel the puss inside. I don't want it to burst!

Going to the doctor tomorrow to see about this possible pilonidal cyst but right now i touched it and feel the puss inside. I don't want it to burst!

You will have: Already seen the doctor by the time you read this, so good luck. Otherwise, i don't know what you're asking and there's nothing we can do for you over the internet. Soaking in warm water can help reduce the inflammation. ...Read more

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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

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