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Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be...

Posted by CHF on August 17, 2002 at 01:08:47:

Okay, I've read almost all the articles on this type of cyst, and I'm fairly sure my boyfriend has one. However, it doesn't sound as serious or extreme as some of the other posts, so I'd really like to get some feedback on this before I start trying to usher him to the doctor. First of all, about a year ago he asked me to look at this "spot" at the base of his tailbone. When I inspected it, I saw a small hole... You may see where this is going- Anyway, he was concerned because he had fractured his tailbone while skiing about another year before this. The "little" hole appeared pretty deep (and still does a year later), but when I applied pressure to it nothing happened. It wasn't, and has not been, swollen. He wasn't in any pain either, other than the pressure from my fingers. However, last night, and remember, it's been about a year, he noticed that this spot was a little sore after getting out of the shower. This time, when I pressed around the area, I almost passed out when the hole actually produced something, and with a quickness. It appeared to be either one long plug or two separate plugs. The amount of pus wasn't very much before it turned clear, and afterwards, he didn't hurt at all in that area. This morning, a tiny amount more (pus) came out, but that has been it. He says, otherwise, the area doesn't bother him, and again, he is in no pain. I know we need to keep an eye on it, but is "popping" it safe? Please let me know what you think and if there is anything we can do if this doesn't require immediate doctors attention. Thank you very much!



Re: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be.(Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 18, 2002 at 07:08:57:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be... posted by CHF on August 17, 2002 at 01:08:47:

Hi, CHF.

Since you have read the archives you know that this problem comes in all shapes of severity. Your friend's case is fortunate for him since the hole" is large enough that--so far--it has continuously drained just like sweat glands do all over the body.

His fall may have damaged this "pore" sufficiently to explain what is happening right now and your gentle pressure was enough to get it to drain again. The hot compresses are just a way to help promote drainage, with borderline cases like this, while at the same time bringing immunity to the area.

His fall may have begun his having a problem with this when there was no clinical problem before.

Go back to the archives and read everything more carefully. The better he understands exactly what is going on the better he will be able to care for it. Only when the chance of surgery is considered less of a bother than daily care would I (personally) ever consider the "russian roulette" of definitive surgery.

Hope this helps. Let us know how he does.

Walt



Re: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be...

Posted by just another suffer on August 19, 2002 at 11:54:23:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be... posted by CHF on August 17, 2002 at 01:08:47:

There are alot of things you can be doing to avoid any infections at all. Since surgery is probably not the best option for your situation since it's not that bothersome. (for me it was) your best bet is to start setting up a lifestyle change so that you can keep this Pilonidal sinus from being bothersome. And hopefully avoid surgery.

First with an opening like a sinus you must keep it very clean. You want to avoid getting dirt and hairs inside or it will cause an infection. The most infections you have the more the cyst will grow and thus become a problem one day. Best way to keep clean aside from scrubing the area good when showering is to shave the hair to keep hairs from falling into it. It would also help to carry cleaning wipes to spot clean during the day especially after sweating alot.

Second you must sit properly, with a sinus opening they can act like vaccums so when sitting for a long time the little holes can actually suck dirt and hair inside. Sounds weird but pressure is a very big factor in the Pilonidal problem because the pressure can cause infections even without pulling dirt in. So best options is to invest in a tush cush. The take the pressure off the tailbone while sitting. You can order online. www.tushcush.com

And for slight infections that may come and go the hot compresses work. Taking the essential oils and building your immunse system never hurts. See this site for the oils dosage etc..

Most of this you should have read in the achives there is another site with a great living with it section that gives alot of info on caring for cysts in the long term.
www.pilonidal.org

Good luck
just another suffer

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Re: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be.(Archive.)

Posted by CHF on August 20, 2002 at 00:16:14:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst? Need to make sure this is what we think it may be.(Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on August 18, 2002 at 07:08:57:

Well, after reading the more long-term NEGATIVE effects of having surgery, I don't think my boyfriend will have a problem keeping a watchful eye on this area of his body. So far, so good... We haven't had any problems (yet) after draining- I did actually retrieve a wayward hair that night, so I'm thinking that it is good advice for him to keep that area relatively hair-free, as well as clean. I appreciate all the great advice and will continue to help him research this type of cyst and care for it as much as possible. If there are any other problems, I'm sure you'll see another post! Thanks again.

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