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Preventing pilonidal cysts

Posted by
Eddie A. on June 11, 2001 at 16:23:55:

Dr. Stoll,
My name is Eddie and I'm a 23yo intern pharmacist. In April of 2000 I had an I/C procedure done that failed and was then admitted as an inpatient for a complete excision of the cyst. I have been "cyst-free" for over a year now, but I fear it returning. Along with other measures, I now clean the region vigorously with a terrycloth during each bath. I tried using medical journal search engines to find any literature that would mention anything about "hair-removal" for prophylaxis. I only found data supporting that the source of the condition was hair, but no mention of hair-removing as a means of prophylaxis. Eversince the surgery, I have chosen to keep the area hair-free by using OTC products that strip the hair from the surface of the skin. On one occasion I tried waxing the region. My question is in two parts. A)Are my efforts possibly beneficial, being that medical literature does not mention anything about hair-removal? Is there a down side to my decision in keeping the area hair-free (other than the maintanence)? Can the minor, acute(couple minutes) irritation caused by the chemicals exacerbate the condition? and B)What do you think sounds more logical in prevention, hair removal from the surface(chemical) or complete hair removal from the follicle(mechanical)? Do you think I could consider hair-electrolysis in the future?
Thank you again for your time.
Eddie



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