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Pilonidal cysts can be especially painful and require treatment from a colorectal surgeon. At ACE Clinic, we can help you manage symptoms and learn the right steps to take to treat them and prevent them from reoccurring.
What is a Pilonidal Cyst?
A pilonidal cyst is a type of chronic skin infection that occurs around the crease of the buttocks and near the tailbone. Because of their location, pilonidal cysts can be very painful, especially when sitting down.
What are the Symptoms of a Pilonidal Cyst?
Pilonidal cysts require prompt treatment from a colorectal expert. Symptoms typically include:
- Pain that worsens when sitting
- Swelling, redness, or tenderness between your buttocks
- A small dimple or bump
- Draining and foul smell
- Fever, fatigue, or nausea
What Causes Pilonidal Cysts?
We’re unsure what exactly causes pilonidal cysts, but they’re often found to be tied to ingrown hairs that infect the skin. Men are much more likely to experience pilonidal cysts than women, although women can get them too. People who sit for extended periods of time because of their job or lifestyle are more likely to develop them. Additionally, people with thick or coarse body hair can be more likely to develop pilonidal cysts.
What Are My Treatment Options for Pilonidal Cysts?
Treatment depends on disease pattern.
If there is an infection, your surgeon needs to drain the fluid by making a small incision. Depending on the severity of your cyst, your colorectal surgeon might prescribe antibiotics to help control inflammation and reduce infection.
Chronic or recurring cysts may need complete surgical excision.
Pilonidal Cyst Outlook and Steps to Take
Pilonidal cyst requires prompt treatment from a colorectal surgeon if it is infected. Make sure to follow aftercare steps given by our team to ensure the area heals quickly and effectively.
Schedule an Appointment
With the help of our expert team, you can achieve relief with effective, professional treatment. To schedule your appointment, we invite you to contact us by calling or filling out our online contact form.
Meet the Doctors
Drs. Hekmat Hakiman and Arpit Patel are leading colorectal surgeons in the greater Phoenix area. As part of our experienced team at ACE Clinic, they can provide exceptional care with a compassionate and friendly approach to colorectal health. Drs. Hakiman and Patel are dual board-certified in general surgery and colorectal surgery, and both completed their fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX before founding their physician-owned practice in Chandler, AZ. We hope you’ll feel exceptionally welcome during your time at Arizona Colorectal Experts and look forward to helping meet your health care needs.
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