A pilonidal sinus is a little hole or tunnel in the natal cleft between the buttocks. It can be asymptomatic and require treatment only when it becomes infected. Unluckily, there is no accurate way to prevent the growth of a pilonidal cyst. Though, there are several ways to reduce your risk. Here is a list of suggestions you can follow:
Exfoliate and clean the affected area regularly to get rid of any collection of debris. Take away loose or stray strands of hair which can enter the skin. Keep the area dry as moisture can increase bacteria and other microorganisms.
Obese or overweight people are prone to pilonidal sinus due to the extra pressure and depth of the intergluteal cleft. Therefore, it is recommended to maintain a healthy weight by improving your diet and exercising frequently.
As constant pressure on the sacral region increases the risk of pilonidal sinus, you should avoid sitting in a position for a prolonged period.
Pilonidal cyst recurrence is very common. To prevent the growth of another cyst or the previous cyst become infected again, here are some suggestions you can follow:
Check the area around the prior pilonidal cyst for any possible lump or soreness. If you find any sign that you’re getting a pilonidal cyst again, consult a physician to stop the development.
It is recommended that you remove any hair from the sacral area if you are prone to pilonidal cysts. This will avoid the risk of getting ingrown hairs or any loose hair entering the skin again.
Generally, Pilonidal cysts don’t require treatment if they are not infected. Treatment for infected cyst may involve:
However, they can only give momentary relief and they also cannot stop a cyst from becoming infected again.
The cyst is cut open and infected substance is permitted to drain.
Surgery is necessary for the removal of the cyst if the infection is severe and does not respond to medicines, or recurrence is there.
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