10 Pilonidal Cyst Symptoms

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A pilonidal cyst is a small pocket that can form on the tailbone and may contain hair, fluid and skin debris. It's common in people who sit for long periods of time, such as office workers or truckers. In some cases, it may be caused by ingrown hair.

Due to the location and discomfort caused by these cysts, some people may feel embarrassed to discuss them with their doctors. It's possible for these cysts to become infected if they aren't properly monitored. To avoid potentially serious complications, a person should tell their doctor about developing cysts or signs of infection.1‘Pilonidal Cyst: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & Removal.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15400-pilonidal-disease

A Dimple or Raised Bump

A pilonidal cyst may appear as a small dimple, a hole in the skin or as a small bump. It commonly appears around the tailbone, although the cysts can appear elsewhere. A person may notice discomfort while sitting.1‘Pilonidal Cyst: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & Removal.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15400-pilonidal-disease

A person should discuss the appearance of a potential cyst with their doctor. If the cyst isn't showing signs of infection, they may be advised to keep the area clean and avoid sitting as much as possible. A person may be able to avoid repeated cysts with hair removal or other doctor-recommended management methods. It's also important to watch for symptoms of infection.2‘Pilonidal Cyst - Symptoms and Causes.’ Mayo Clinic, 19 Nov. 2020, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pilonidal-cyst/symptoms-causes/syc-20376329

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