Do you need surgery for a pilonidal cyst?

Surgery is needed to drain and remove a pilonidal cyst that does not heal. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you have pilonidal disease that is causing pain or infection. A pilonidal cyst that is not causing symptoms does not need treatment.
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Can a pilonidal cyst go away on its own?

Most of the time, treatment is not needed because a pilonidal cyst will go away on its own. Rarely, it may need to be drained or surgically removed if it becomes infected. What are the risks of a pilonidal cyst? Pilonidal cysts may become infected and cause an abscess.
  • How long does it take to recover from surgery on a pilonidal cyst?

    It may take as long as 6 months or more for the area to fill in completely with scar tissue if it was left open. If it was closed with stitches, the stitches may stay in as long as 2 to 3 weeks. The wound will need 1 to 2 months to heal. In some cases it may take up to 6 months to heal.
  • How do I prevent a pilonidal cyst?

    Keep the area clean and dry, and either shave or use depilatory creams to keep the area free of hair. Also, try to avoid prolonged sitting or excessive repetitive pressure to the area of the coccyx (tailbone). Weight loss in obese individuals may also help decrease the development and recurrence of pilonidal disease.
  • Why is my tail bone sore?

    Tailbone painpain that occurs in or around the bony structure at the bottom of the spine (coccyx) — can be caused by trauma to the coccyx during a fall, prolonged sitting on a hard or narrow surface, degenerative joint changes, or vaginal childbirth. Sit on a doughnut-shaped pillow or wedge (V-shaped) cushion.
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Can a cyst be treated with antibiotics?

Your cyst became infected and your healthcare provider wanted to treat it with antibiotics. If the antibiotics don't clear up the infection, the cyst will need to be drained by making a small cut (incision). Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area.
  • Can a pilonidal cyst go away on its own?

    Most of the time, treatment is not needed because a pilonidal cyst will go away on its own. Rarely, it may need to be drained or surgically removed if it becomes infected. What are the risks of a pilonidal cyst? Pilonidal cysts may become infected and cause an abscess.
  • Can antibiotics cure cysts?

    Your cyst became infected and your healthcare provider wanted to treat it with antibiotics. If the antibiotics don't clear up the infection, the cyst will need to be drained by making a small cut (incision). Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area.
  • What antibiotics are used to treat pilonidal cysts?

    Wound infection should be treated with broad spectrum antibiotics, such as metronidazole and erythromycin, for at least two weeks depending upon response. Chronic pilonidal sinuses are best treated with wide excision and secondary healing. Long-term recurrence is reduced by good hygiene and regular depilation.
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What antibiotics are used for pilonidal cysts?

Wound infection should be treated with broad spectrum antibiotics, such as metronidazole and erythromycin, for at least two weeks depending upon response. Chronic pilonidal sinuses are best treated with wide excision and secondary healing. Long-term recurrence is reduced by good hygiene and regular depilation.
  • Do antibiotics treat cysts?

    Your cyst became infected and your healthcare provider wanted to treat it with antibiotics. If the antibiotics don't clear up the infection, the cyst will need to be drained by making a small cut (incision). Local anesthesia will be used to numb the area.
  • What is a skin cyst?

    Sebaceous cysts are common noncancerous cysts of the skin. Cysts are abnormalities in the body that may contain liquid or semiliquid material. Sebaceous cysts are mostly found on the face, neck, or torso. They grow slowly and aren't life-threatening, but they may become uncomfortable if they go unchecked.
  • How long does it take for a pimple to go away on its own?

    A pimple without a head (red bump) will take 2 days to a week to heal. A pimple with white cell mucus may take several days to a week and a half to heal. A deep-seated cyst, where the contents have discharged inward, can take up to a month to fully heal.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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