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Pilonidal Sinus

Pilonidal sinus

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This condition is more common than some might think, and is caused when a small tunnel or cleft develops under the skin at the base of the spine. This cleft fills with hair, bacteria and dead skin, eventually forming an abscess that can be sore and painful. The pain generally subsides when the pus is released from the abscess, but re-infection will occur as the hole continues to fill up with detritus. Symptoms can be alleviated by extensive washing of the infected area, but if it continue to reoccur, or occurs quickly and severely, surgery has to be considered. This normally involves the removal of the sinus, but reoccurrence is a possibility. In these cases laser hair removal can be considered if it is a hair follicle that is causing the problem.

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I am 23 and female and have had surgery 5 times between November 12 & October 13 to remove these awful things. I fully healed in feb 2015but since then I have had terrible pain in my coccyx and surrounding scar tissue. I find it difficult to sit down or lay on my back. I was wondering if anyone has the same problem with their coccyx since recovering from surgery. I have been to gp and they couldn't tell me why I have this pain. I also suff from hydridentis supretriva and im on life long antibiotics so if there was infection they would help.





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I didnt get referrred to a surgeon neither she told me whats the use if sometimes they still come back smh im on my 4th one now i can feel the flare up





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I have heard to many bad experiences with surgeries that leaves me to question will it still come back. I am gettin my 4th one i feel the flare up and pain now. Smh...what would be the best option..





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Hello everyone, I have been diagnosed with a pilonidal sinus for about 4-5 years now and with that I have had over 30 general anaesthetic to try an beat this thing and still no luck. Each time it comes close to healing it just seems to loop round and start up again. I have had a ileostomy (stoma) fitted to help take the strain off the area and keep the area cleaner, also I have had 6 treatments of laser hair removal to try and lower the chance of recurrence. It really is a rubbish thing to have, as I am 19 years old and wanting to go out and travel, be with my girlfriend and just been a normal young person however this really does stop me. I am happy to answer any questions anyone may have and try and offer some advice as I have had many of the different operations available.





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My husband is waiting to have his 5th surgery so keeping my fingers crossed this one will be successful.





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I have had pilonidal sinus three times and I was wondering if there is any other way they can get rid of these episodes long term as I've had three in the past two years and it affects my work and personal life. Can I speak to a surgeon about maybe having a different kind of operation? Anti biotics don't seem to work at all.





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Hi I found a weird holish thing inbetween my testicles and bumhole and its like an open hole its totally got me freaked out I'm a 21 year old male and I just want to know what it is I have only seen it through pictures my partner took for me and it looks vile its got me worried sick I'm at university so I have to register for a gp then I will have it checked just hope its nothing serious I am also suffering from hemroids but this has got me more freaked out than anything





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I have had this problem for 8 years i really need help





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I had my op on 28th May 2015 and it hasn't closed up completely yet. 4 months down the line it still gets very sore, should I be worried?





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No, it takes a long time for it to completely close. It will be tender to sit down for awhile. I had mine in 2010 and if I sit too long it gets sore. Good luck!

I'm currently on my 2nd abscess had my op on Monday after returning from holiday was not very well at all. My question is I don't understand why I have or keep getting the abscess because every bit of info I read on this condition mentions ingrown hairs and bacteria etc. This is why I'm confused I'm fair haired and not overly hairy in that spot nothing no thick hair to speak of? I'm not an overly hot or sweaty person either and also after the first time I cleaned in that area quite a lot with exfoliating wash and pads to break up any possible causes so my question is really why me I don't understand its such a debilitating thing to have and gets me quite depressed please any help ?





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A pilonidal sinus is a small hole, or ‘tunnel’, in the skin, which usually develops at the top of the cleft of the buttocks (where the buttocks separate). Read More »

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