Whether you are currently dealing with this condition or looking to prevent its reoccurrence, it is important to understand the many pilonidal cyst risk factors that can come into play. Our colorectal center exists to provide treatment to all patients who may be experiencing the uncomfortable symptoms of a pilonidal abscess. Please give us a call today at 888.397.7135 to book your appointment with a member of our world-class surgical team.

For those who don’t already know, a pilonidal cyst (also known as a pilonidal abscess or sacrococcygeal fistula) is a growth that occurs at the base of the tailbone, around or above the gluteal cleft. In smaller cases, the growth is no larger than a penny and looks like a small, pus-filled pimple. However, these cysts vary in size and can grow to be substantial in size in many cases. If the cyst becomes infected, it is referred to as a pilonidal abscess and can have potentially serious symptoms that include severe pain, redness, swelling, pus, and fever.

Pilonidal Abscess Risk Factors

There are a number of risk factors to take into account when dealing with a pilonidal abscess, including gender and age; men are more likely to develop cysts than women, and people under 40 get them more frequently than older individuals. Other risk factors include:

  • Sitting, slouching, or riding in a vehicle for an extended period of time
  • Obesity
  • Profuse amounts of sweating
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Not being active

All of these are risk factors that contribute to the cyst forming or becoming worse. It’s important to take all of these into account when learning how to prevent growths.

Other Cyst Treatments

If you do develop a pilonidal cyst, you may need to see a colorectal specialist for treatment. Our team, led by Allen Kamrava, MD, specializes in providing patients with the best treatment available. Our experts have decades of experience dealing with the myriad of issues that can be involved with these types of growths.

Initially, doctors will simply pierce the cyst (also known as lancing) and drain it. If that doesn’t help, then surgical options should be considered to permanently remove the abscess. The most common surgical procedure involves lancing the cyst, draining the pus and cleaning the wound. This simple procedure is used to remove an active infection, but will not provide a cure for a pilonidal cyst. Once the acute infection has resolved, a more definitive operative procedure will necessarily be done to allow for a cure.

Book An Appointment At Los Angeles’s Premier Colorectal Center

A pilonidal cyst can virtually stop normal life activities. The pain that some individuals feel from these growths can incapacitate them, making working and even moving excruciating. Additionally, the growth can be embarrassing and make people feel uncomfortable with their own bodies. We exist to help everyone who is experiencing the negative effects of this condition. We encourage you to contact our center at 888.397.7135 to get a consultation about how we can help you today.