Today I was diagnosed with a pilonidal cyst, and am in the process of gathering as much information as I can. I am a 27 year-old Black female and this is my first occurance. I have read a the comments of individuals with the same type of cysts and am interested in knowing how to prevent a recurrance and if prevention is possible.
Any help would be appreciated. I am attending graduate school and must sit for extended periods of time in the class room and am very uncomfortable.
Thank you, in advance.
Re: pilonidal cyst
Posted by Walt Stoll on August 28, 1998 at 11:54:41:
In Reply to: Re: pilonidal cyst posted by Keesha on August 27, 1998 at 17:46:23:
All these things should have been told you already by your surgeon:
1. Get a "donut" to sit on. ANYTHING that makes this hurt is making it worse!
2. Start using hair remover, in the area of the dimple, every week. The hair in the area never stops growing. It is the hair that grows out of one side ot the sinus, into the other side, that is by far the most common cause of starting these flareups.
3. Avoid bumping this area.
4. Whenever you get the first inkling that there is a problem start hot wet soaks (folded washcloth) with a little antibacterial soap in the water (Dial. Phase III, Safeguard, P 300, etc.). It should be as hot as you can stand it for about 5 minutes at least several times a day. If it is not better in 24 hours, you may need professional help.
5. If you are overweight, lose weight.
The above may do no more than delay the eventual need for wide excisional surgery. However, in MY clinical experience, no one who did those things ever needed the surgery. You may be the first.
Let us know how you do.