Are you one of the unlucky few who has gotten a pilonidal cyst? If so, then you know that sitting can be uncomfortable and downright painful. And if you don’t have the right sitting setup, your cyst could flare up even more.
It can be hard finding furniture and chairs that will help make those days with a pilonidal cyst pass by just a little better. This article will provide tips on how to sit comfortably when living with this condition.
What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?
A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin that usually contains hair and skin debris. Someone with an infected cyst can have: pain, redness, and swelling in the area of the cyst, pus or blood draining from a small opening (called a sinus tract) in the skin over or near the cyst, and a fever.
Therefore, shave the hair in the region using depilatory creams to prevent more hair from entering the skin. If a chronically infected pilonidal cyst isn’t treated properly, you may be at a slightly increased risk of developing a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma.
However, before using any hair removal cream, discuss it with your doctor to avoid unprecedented side effects. Epsom salt baths work amazingly in draining pus from the infected pilonidal cyst and promote faster cyst healing. Your provider might spot what looks like a pimple or oozing cyst. Your family history can determine if you get pilonidal cysts, for example, or if rough body hair runs in your family.
Does Sitting Make The Pilonidal Cyst Worse?
If you’ve recently developed a pilonidal cyst, you may wonder if sitting will worsen it. Sitting can worsen pilonidal cysts by causing more friction, forcing hairs deeper into the skin. Your body may then respond to this foreign material by creating a cyst, which can be very painful. If the cyst isn’t properly treated, it may even lead to an abscess.
Your doctor can help you treat a pilonidal cyst by draining the fluid. This can be done in the doctor’s office using small incisions. A surgical excision is an option if the cyst is moderate or large.
Antibiotics can treat skin inflammation but can’t heal the cyst. Laser therapy is another treatment option for treating ingrown hairs and cysts. For pain relief, apply a warm compress. You can also use an inflatable seat to reduce the pain.
Can You Sit With A Pilonidal Cyst?
It is not recommended that people sit with a pilonidal cyst because it can be painful and worsen the condition. If you have symptoms such as pain or redness, it is important to see a doctor since these could indicate an infection.
Also, if the area seems more swollen than usual, you should avoid sitting in that spot until you get the all clear from your doctor. Sitting can cause friction in the area and increase discomfort while also preventing proper healing of the cyst. Therefore, if possible, it is best to avoid sitting with a pilonidal cyst.
How Do You Lay Down With A Pilonidal Cyst?
Treatment of a pilonidal cyst starts with basic self-care measures, such as keeping the area clean and dry, wearing loose clothing and taking warm soaks to reduce swelling and discomfort. Applying medicated ointment or warm compresses may also help reduce pain and inflammation. You should also avoid putting pressure on the pilonidal cyst or associated tailbone area when laying down. Try laying on your stomach or side in order to take pressure off of the affected area. If the pilonidal cyst persists, surgical removal may be necessary to relieve pain and prevent recurrent infections.
What are Some Ways to Make Pilonidal Cyst Less Painful?
Sitting with a pilonidal cyst can be difficult, but there are ways to prevent or reduce its symptoms. The first step is to ensure you are healthy and don’t sit too long. This will help prevent pilonidal cysts from growing or becoming infected. You can also consider getting surgery to get rid of the cyst. The process involves draining the fluid from the cyst and removing the ingrown hair and pus from the affected area. However, it’s important to note that many of these cysts recur.
Why Does It Hurt To Sit With A Pilonidal Cyst?
Sitting with a pilonidal cyst can be very painful because they are inflamed and irritated. The pain is usually located in the tailbone area, due to constant pressure on the affected area as we sit. The inflammation may also cause burning and itching, which can be distracting and uncomfortable. Sitting for prolonged periods can result in redness and swelling around the cyst, aggravating the already existing inflammation even further.
As it increases, it becomes harder to find a comfortable position that doesn’t put too much pressure on it triggering more pain when sitting.
A pilonidal cyst is a painful, enlarging growth that forms near the tailbone. They can drain on their own or become infected. However, they should not be left untreated because they can recur and cause further pain. To remove these cysts must be surgically removed.
The Cleveland Clinic’s pilonidal cyst page provides detailed information and answers to common questions. It also offers wellness tips and a video explaining what causes pilonidal cysts. You can also find support and education about pilonidal disease on the ASCRS website. You can also visit the patient forum and ask questions to other pilonidal cyst sufferers.
A pilonidal cyst is often caused by ingrown hair on the buttocks area. Ultimately, it can lead to an abscess or sinus cavity if left untreated. However, pilonidal cysts are treatable if they are found early enough.
What To Avoid When You Have A Pilonidal Cyst?
You can do several things to minimize your risk of a pilonidal cyst. First, you should only sit for a short period. This puts a lot of pressure on the area where the cysts form. It would be best if you took short breaks every hour. Secondly, you should avoid carrying extra weight.
This is because extra weight puts pressure on the area where pilonidal cysts develop. Consult a physician if you believe your weight contributes to the cysts’ formation.Although pilonidal cysts are not life-threatening, they can be challenging to treat. If left untreated, they can become a chronic condition that is difficult to cure. For this reason, it is important to get medical help at the first sign of symptoms. Make sure you tell your healthcare provider about all of the symptoms you’re experiencing.
What Treatment Options are Available for Pilonidal Cyst?
Several ways to treat pilonidal cysts include surgery and laser hair removal. Lancing is a surgical procedure in which the pus from the abscess is drained, and the wound is packed with sterile gauze. However, lancing does not cure the condition.
The tissue surrounding the abscess must be removed to heal the condition fully. This may require a more extensive surgical procedure. The surgical wound may be closed with sutures or left open to heal from the inside.
Another effective treatment is laser hair removal. However, the patient should follow strict hygiene practices to prevent further infection.
What are the Risk Factors for Pilonidal Cyst?
Living with an extremely painful and discomforting cyst in your lower back is not easy. Carrying extra weight can also make you more prone to developing pilonidal cysts.
If you have a pilonidal abscess in danger of rupturing, your doctor may drain it in the office. This is known as actinic cheilitis, which may turn into skin cancer.
Do You Need Help?
A chronic pilonidal sinus problem can happen after an abscess has been drained. A pilonidal sinus is a space under the skin that forms where the abscess used to be. See your doctor if you notice any signs or symptoms of a pilonidal cyst.
Doctor Osvaldo Pepa, Neurosurgery Service Physician at Hospital San Martin, La Plata, Argentina. I graduated last November 16, 1984 with a Medical Degree at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. The Medical Board of La Plata, District 1, licensed me as a Neurosurgeon in 1990. I hold a Provincial and National License and an active member of the Neurosurgery Society of La Plata, World Ozone Therapy Federation, and Inter American Society of Minimally Invasive Surgery.