An infected pilonidal cyst is swollen due to presence of abscess.
When to see a Doctor
Visit your doctor if you experience any signs or symptoms of pilonidal cyst.
The cause of pilonidal cysts has not yet been found.
They are believed to be caused by penetration of loose hairs into the skin. Friction and pressure (due to factors such as, tight clothing, longer sitting time, bicycling and skin rubbing against skin) causes the hair to be forced down into the skin.
The body responds the hair as a foreign substance and develops a cyst around the hair.
This explains the occurrence of pilonidal cysts in other parts of body than near the tailbone.
For example, presence of pilonidal cysts in between the fingers in barbers, dog groomers or sheep shearers.
4 Making a Diagnosis
Your physician will make a diagnosis of pilonidal cyst during physical examination. After examination he may immediately refer you to dermatologist or surgeon for surgery.
What your doctor wants to know?
You may want to be well prepared for the questions that your doctor is likely to ask.
Some of the questions that your doctor most probably asks are:
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