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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