What Is Pilonidal Disease That Tends to Affect Young People, and How You Can Get Rid of It
Every year, 3 out of 10,000 people suffer from pilonidal disease. Even though men are more likely to have it, this disease can affect anyone. And it’s quite serious because it can often require surgical intervention. It looks like a pimple but brings much more problems.
We at Bright Side want to talk more about what this disease is and how to avoid it.
What is pilonidal disease?
It’s a cyst that occurs on the top of the buttocks near the tailbone. It can stay in decent condition or it can get infected. There are several reasons why this happens. For one, it can be caused by trauma in this area which can lead to a cyst. It can also be caused by ingrown hairs.
How to know if you have it
This cyst usually looks like a big pimple. You may feel discomfort on the tailbone while doing different activities. The cyst hurts, turns red, and swells. If it gets infected, pus or even blood may be released and an unpleasant odor may make itself known.
How you can treat it
If you notice a pilonidal cyst, you need to see a doctor. Self-treatment won’t help in this case. The doctor will examine the area and decide on further treatment. Usually, the cyst is removed by surgery and the doctor will choose which method is right for you. In the case of an infection, you’ll have to undergo a course of antibiotics.
Who is at risk
- People who sit a lot and have an inactive lifestyle can suffer from a pilonidal cyst.
- Excess body hair and obesity can also lead to the development of this disease.
- It usually occurs in men at puberty and under the age of 35.
How you can avoid it
You can change your lifestyle and lose weight if needed. Look after this area and be sure that you have good hygiene there. You can also shave hair near your tailbone to prevent a pilonidal cyst from forming.
How many hours do you spend sitting? Have you ever had a pilonidal cyst? You can share your stories in the comments.
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