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Pilonidal Sinus (PNS) is a small cyst or abscess that occurs in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. Pilonidal Sinus usually contains hair, dirt and debris and it can cause severe pain and often become infected. If Pilonidal Sinus becomes infected, it may ooze pus and blood and have a foul odor. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Pilonidal Sinus include swelling of the cyst, reddened, sore skin around the area, hair protruding from the lesion, and many more.
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?
If your case is diagnosed early on, you aren't experiencing severe pain, and there’s no sign of inflammation, it’s likely that your doctor will prescribe a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which is an antibiotic that treats a wide range of bacteria. It’s important to realize that this won’t heal the sinus tract, but it will give you relief from the infection and discomfort. Your doctor will recommend that you get a follow-up exam, regularly remove hair or shave the site, and pay particular attention to hygiene. In severe cases, phenol injection is given under local anesthesia. A general surgeon may also suggest surgery if there is repeated infection. Ayurveda also has medications to pilonidal sinus.
DID YOU KNOW?
Usually this problem tends to heighten around puberty and teen years.