Pilonidal Sinus is a lump like formation that occurs at the tail end of the back. This portion is medically termed as Tailbone. Almost every disease experienced by human body comes with a certain amount of pain. While some pains are bearable and allow us to live a normal life to a great extent, certain pains cause enormous distress. Pilonidal Sinus is one such formation that occurs in the bottom of the spinal cord which is termed as Tailbone. Laser treatment for Pilonidal Sinus has displayed very good results with almost no recurrence of the sinus disease in any of the patients. Overall, laser hair removal is a very useful adjunct to surgical removal of the pilonidal sinus to prevent recurrence, which is almost a rule. Let us have a more detailed look at Pilonidal Sinus to handle the same in a proper manner.
What is Pilonidal Sinus?
Pilonidal Sinus is also referred to as Coccyx. Pilonidal means ‘nest of hair’. During initial stages, it looks typically like a large sized pimple. Pilonidal Sinus differs in size and can cause pain in proportion to the area it covers. If left not treated, the cyst can get infected and cause serious problems. When a Pilonidal Sinus gets infected pus formation happens. An infected Pilonidal Sinus with pus formation is medically referred to as Pilonidal Abscess. Pilonidal Abscess causes unbearable pain many times.
Factors causing Pilonidal Sinus
Many factors lead to the formation of Pilonidal Sinus. Some important ones are listed below for better understanding.
- Hairs that grow internally in the Tailbone or Coccyx region
- Sitting for long hours continuously over a period of time
- Trauma experienced due to various factors by the Tailbone or Coccyx region
- Dimple found on the surface of the skin between the two buttocks right at the birth
Symptoms of Pilonidal Sinus
Pilonidal Sinus shows out through many symptoms. The predominant symptoms that prevail in people who suffer from Pilonidal Sinus are listed below.
- High temperature
- Blood or Pus oozing from behind
- Foul smell from the pus oozing out of the Cyst
- Reddish swollen cyst at the back causing unbearable pain
- Skin surface where the cyst is present appears very tender to touch
The above are some of the common symptoms. There may be more symptoms depending on the size and stage of the Cyst.
Diagnosis of Pilonidal Sinus
Pilonidal Sinus is diagnosed by a qualified Medical Practitioner through a basic physical examination. The Doctor may need details about the occurrence of the cyst, the symptoms you have been having since its occurrence etc. to qualify it to be a Pilonidal Sinus.
Pilonidal Sinus does not heal with antibiotics like many other boils and cysts. Draining and Lancing is the two ways through which one can get rid of Pilonidal Sinus.
- To drain the unhygienic pus in the Cyst, the Medical Practitioner puts the patient in a Local Anesthesia, cuts the cyst, drains the pus and leaves the same open after removing the hair follicles inside the same.
- In the other procedure termed as Marsupialization, the Doctor follows the above procedure. At the end of cleaning the cyst, the Doctor puts some sutures in the space.
For best treatment of Pilonidal Sinus visit Rama Krishna Hospital Kota Rajasthan.