A pilonidal cyst is an abscess or boils. It needs to be drained or lanced, to improve. Like other boils, it does not improve with antibiotics. If any of the following symptoms occur, consult a doctor:
Self-Care at Home
Early in an infection of a pilonidal cyst , the redness, swelling, and pain may be minimal. Sitting in a warm tub may decrease the pain and may decrease the chance that the cyst will develop to the point of requiring incision and drainage.
After surgery to drain a pilonidal cyst, follow-up includes the following:
A complete cure is possible, but a pilonidal cyst may reoccur. Even if surgically removed, the cyst may return.
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