The pilonidal cyst, or anorectal cyst, is an abdominal or pelvic mass that forms in the perineum and extends into the skin of the scrotum. It is a common complaint. It can either be a single cyst or a cluster of cysts.
The pilonidal cyst is often caused by pilonidal sinuses or by chronic pressure on the skin from a tight clothing or clothing that is too tight, such as a bathing suit. It can also be caused by a skin infection or chronic irritation.
People with anorectal cysts have an increased chance of developing skin cancer. The cysts can be treated in a surgical manner, but it is more common to treat the pilonidal cyst with a medication that is applied to the skin where the cyst is located.
The pilonidal cyst is usually treated with a corticosteroid cream, such as hydrocortisone.
Treatment for pilonidal cyst
Pilonidal cysts are usually treated with a corticosteroid cream or medication that is applied to the skin where the cyst is located.
If the pilonidal cyst is infected, it may be treated with antibiotics.
If the pilonidal cyst is not painful, the doctor may suggest that you apply a medicated cream to the cyst. This may be recommended to you if the cyst is causing pain or is causing other uncomfortable symptoms.
It is important to note that the cream will not get rid of the cyst, but it will reduce the pain it causes.
If nonmedical treatment does not work, a surgical procedure may be recommended. The treatment options include:
- A surgical procedure called a marsupialization, where a surgeon pulls the cyst toward the skin. This procedure can be quite painful.
- A surgical procedure called a cystectomy, where a surgeon removes the cyst. This procedure can help with the pain, but it is usually not recommended. It is only recommended for people with a cyst that is large enough to be drained.
If the pilonidal cyst is large and the cyst is causing pain, a doctor may suggest a procedure called a cyst reduction. During this procedure, a surgeon will remove some of the tissue that the cyst is attached to. This will reduce the amount of pain that the cyst is causing. It is important to note that the cyst reduction procedure will not get rid of the cyst.
Complications of pilonidal cysts
It is important for doctors to know the complications of pilonidal cysts so that they can be warned of any possible complications as soon as possible.
Pilonidal cysts can cause the following complications:
The treatment for pilonidal cysts will depend on the type, location, and severity of the cyst.
Recurrence of pilonidal cysts
Complications are not uncommon after treatment for pilonidal cysts.
Doctors have found that about 10 to 20 percent of people who have a pilonidal cyst will have it recur. The recurrence rate increases with the size of the cyst, the size of the incision, and the number of surgical procedures.
There is a high recurrence rate in people who have had more than one surgical procedure. This is important to know because it will affect the type of treatment and the number of procedures that a person will need.
Complications can include the following:
- Wound problems
- Inability to have children
- Recurrence of the cyst
Recurrence of pilonidal cysts does not mean that the cyst is not treatable. It is important to discuss the recurrence with your doctor.
What is the long-term outlook?
The long-term outlook for people with pilonidal cysts depends on the type of cyst, the size of the cyst, and the type of treatment that is used.
Complications are not uncommon after treatment.
Pilonidal cysts can cause pain, infection, and other side effects.
It is important to know that most people who have pilonidal cysts will not always have symptoms.
It is important to discuss any recurrence or complications with your doctor.
Living with pilonidal cyst
If your doctor suggests treatment for the pilonidal cyst, it is important to do what is needed to treat the cyst. You can help prevent the pilonidal cyst from recurring by having regular checkups with your doctor.
It is also important to know that most people who have pilonidal cysts will not always have symptoms. If you do, it is important to talk to your doctor. The doctor can help you with any symptoms that you may have.
Outcomes for pilonidal cysts can be difficult to predict.
If the cyst is large and causes pain, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You may need to have the cyst drained more than once.
If the cyst is small and not causing pain, your doctor may suggest that you wait to have the cyst drained.
If the cyst is small and not causing pain, it is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. You may need to have the cyst drained more than once.
Outpatient treatment is recommended in people who have the following:
- Small, painless cyst
- Not causing discomfort or pain
- Easy to clean
- No infection
- No signs of infection
Outpatient treatment may not be appropriate for everyone, and it is likely that you will need to have the cyst drained more than one time.
Outpatient treatment can be very difficult for people with pilonidal cysts. It is not recommended for people who have infections or skin conditions, such as eczema.
It is also important to know that many people who have pilonidal cysts will not always have symptoms. If you do, it is crucial to discuss any symptoms with your doctor. If you have any symptoms, your doctor can help you manage them.
Pilonidal cysts are cysts that form in the perineum. The pilonidal cyst is a common complaint that is usually treated with a medication that is applied to the skin where the cyst is located.
If you have a pilonidal cyst, you can be a candidate for a surgical procedure.
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