Pilonidal cysts are the chronic and painful result of pilonidal sinus disease (PSD), which often plagues young males. The condition causes small cysts or abscess to persistently form and fill with pus, hair, infection, and blood when infected, and omit a foul smell until lanced and drained.
Even though the exact cause of a pilonidal cyst is unknown, the abscesses will remain dormant until infection or flare-ups occur. Flare-ups are believed to be caused by a combination of ingrown hair follicles, friction due to clothing or sitting for long periods, hormonal imbalances, or injury to the area.
If you suspect a pilonidal cyst, here are the eight tell tale symptoms to watch out for…
Most times, a pilonidal cyst presents no pain until it becomes infected. Before that time no noticeable symptoms may show other than a small, indent or depression on the surface of the skin, most often in the area above the buttocks (known as the sacrum). The skin may also appear ruptured on the surface with multiple sinus tracts in the subcutaneous tissues.