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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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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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I have a small pea sized movable lump on my tailbone under my skin. Noticed it about 2 years ago. Not painful or red. Pilonidal cyst? Chordoma?

I have a small pea sized movable lump on my tailbone under my skin. Noticed it about 2 years ago. Not painful or red. Pilonidal cyst? Chordoma?

Neither: Neither of those match that description. I would lean towards lipoma versus a sebaceous cyst, but ultimately it needs to be seen to determine. I would suggest you see your doctor for further eval. ...Read more

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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

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Pilonidal cyst- had it lanced & drain tube 1 year ago, has been recurring every 2-3 months since then! no ins so haven't been back to dr! very painful?

Pilonidal cyst- had it lanced & drain tube 1 year ago, has been recurring every 2-3 months since then! no ins so haven't been back to dr! very painful?

Need surgery: Lancing it does not remove it. It only opens it to drain the pus and relieve the infection. You will need to have it surgically removed when it is not infected. Otherwise it will probably continue to grow or become infected periodically. ...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?

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 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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What could cause complications with pilonidal cyst three years after surgery?

Recurrence: Recurrence after pilonidal surgery is not uncommon. It is a known problem with every surgery available for it. ...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