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What is pilonidal cyst filled with?

What is pilonidal cyst filled with?

Pilonidal cysts are sacs filled with hair and skin debris that form at the top of the crease of the buttocks above the sacrum. A painful abscess can form if the cyst and the overlying skin become infected.

How do you lance a pilonidal cyst?

The process for draining a pilonidal abscess is:

  1. The area of infection is numbed with a local anesthetic.
  2. Your provider uses a sharp knife to make a small cut into the abscess so that the pus in the abscess can drain out of it and hair and other debris can be removed.
  3. Your provider fills the abscess with sterile gauze.

What does an infected pilonidal cyst look like?

It’s called a pilonidal cyst, and it can become infected and filled with pus. Once infected, the technical term is “pilonidal abscess,” and it can be painful. It looks like a large pimple at the bottom of your tailbone. It is more common in men than in women.

Can I pop my own pilonidal cyst?

A pilonidal cyst can look similar to a pimple, tempting some to pop them with their fingers. But popping a pilonidal cyst won’t fix the problem. Remember pilonidal cysts are filled with hair and other debris in addition to pus, and you won’t be able to get it all out by squeezing.

When should I see a doctor about a pilonidal cyst?

What are the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst? Quickly get medical attention if you notice any of these symptoms: Pain which often gets worse when you’re sitting. A small dimple or large swollen area between your buttocks.

How can I stop my pilonidal cyst from coming back?

How can pilonidal cysts be prevented?

  1. Regularly washing and drying your buttocks (to keep the area clean).
  2. Losing weight (if you are currently overweight) to lower your risk.
  3. Avoiding sitting for too long (if your job allows) to keep pressure off the area.
  4. Shaving the hair around your buttocks (once a week or more).

Can Urgent Care treat pilonidal cyst?

How is it treated? If the cyst is infected, usually it needs to be drained by your Reddy Urgent Care healthcare provider. This treats the infection and gets rid of the pressure that causes pain. It can be done in your provider’s office.

Can I drain my own pilonidal cyst?

The only way to get rid of a pilonidal cyst is through a minor surgical procedure. But there are a few things you can do at home to ease pain and discomfort in the meantime. Try applying a hot, wet compress to the cyst a few times a day. The heat will help pull out the pus, allowing the cyst to drain.