Living with a pilonidal cyst can be difficult. The pain, discomfort, and even embarrassment of this large growth can make everyday life unpleasant and unmanageable. Our colorectal center exists to help anyone who is dealing with this disease to get the expert abscess treatment they need so that they can lead healthy, normal lives. We encourage anyone interested in a consultation to contact our office at 888.397.7135 to talk to a member of our expert team. We have a wealth of information we would be happy to share with you regarding this condition and possible options for treating it.

For most people, a pilonidal cyst is something out of the ordinary. However, those who have either experienced the disease or know someone who has are keen on preventing it themselves. Here are some tips to help everyone prevent pilonidal cysts from occurring in the first place.

Cyst and Abscess Hair Removal

Cysts occur because hair has become embedded and pushed back down into the skin. As hairs go deeper into the skin, the area becomes irritated and eventually develops a cyst. One of the primary ways to prevent pilonidal cysts from forming is by removing the hair from the lower back. Patients can shave the area, use a hair removal cream, or, if they are looking for something more permanent, opt for laser hair removal.

Maintain Hygiene

Maintaining excellent hygiene standards can also help prevent pilonidal cysts occurring or recurring. Patients will need to scrub the lower back area gently to clean away any dirt that could possibly build up around hair follicles and lead to an infection.

Do Not Sit For Extended Periods Of Time

Sitting for extended periods of time can aggravate the lower back area, which can lead to a pilonidal cyst. If your work requires long periods of sitting, be sure to get up and walk around every couple of hours to alleviate possible stress. It’s particularly important to take these breaks when driving for a long time. Sitting, coupled with the erratic, bumpy nature of driving, has been known to lead to pilonidal cysts. Many soldiers during World War II developed pilonidal cysts because of the long jeep rides they had to endure from one location to another.

Book Your Appointment at Our Colorectal Facility

If you do develop a pilonidal cyst, it’s important to know that our team of expert doctors and surgeons is among the best in the world. Led by Allen Kamrava, MD, our colorectal surgical specialists provide the best care for everyone who steps through our doors and specialize in removing pilonidal cysts through the most minimally invasive techniques. If you or someone you know is dealing with the effects of a pilonidal abscess, please schedule a consultation by calling 888.397.7135 to get the best treatment in the Los Angeles area.

Next, read our blog, Pilonidal Cyst Risk Factors.