A pilonidal sinus (PNS) is a small cyst or abscess that occurs in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. A PNS usually contains hair, dirt, and debris. It can cause severe pain and can often become infected. If it becomes infected, it may ooze pus and blood and have a foul odor. A PNS is a condition that mostly affects men and is also common in young adults. The signs of infection include:
• Pain when sitting or standing
• Swelling of the cyst
• Reddened, sore skin around the area
• Pus or blood draining from the abscess, causing a foul odor
• Hair protruding from the lesion
• Formation of more than one sinus tract, or holes in the skin
You may also experience a low-grade fever, but this is much less common
HOW IS PILONIDAL SINUS DIAGNOSED?
A General Surgeon diagnoses Pilonidal Sinus by conducting a physical examination and X-ray to determine the cause of the condition and although the exact cause of this condition is not known, it is believed to be a combination of changing hormones and hair growth.
HOW IS PILONIDAL SINUS TREATED?
The treatment of Pilonidal Sinus involves lancing, phenol injection, and surgery by opening the lesions and removing all of the debris.
DID YOU KNOW?
That you will have to keep the area affected by Pilonidal Sinus fully clean by soaking in warm water?