A simple heat boil becomes a big deal when you get it anywhere on the face. But then, imagine the same thing on your buttocks. Although it is easy to hide, it has much more that can elevate the level of discomfort. You can’t sit, which becomes quite embarrassing especially when you’re at a social gathering.
So what happens when you have a boil, that grows into a pus filled tunnel and makes it all the more difficult to manage because it’s in the wrong place?
It’s known as a pilonidal sinus.
A cavity filled with pus and pain – Pilonidal Sinus
A pilonidal sinus refers to a small cavity or a tunnel in the skin where pus fills in forming an abscess in the cleft of the buttocks. A pilonidal sinus or a cyst usually carries hair and dirt debris in abundance which scales up to becoming an infection. It is extremely painful and oozes pus and blood. While talking about what triggers this to occur, there are a few things that can confuse you. Folliculitis is one such similar condition that looks like a close relative to a pilonidal cyst.
Why does it occur?
What exactly causes a pilonidal sinus or abscess is not known specifically, owing to the various reasons that aid to triggering it. But then, it is also believed to be a combination of hormonal changes during puberty, hair growth, and friction that clothes can cause from spending a long time in a seated position.
Sometimes while sitting, there can be a friction that forces the hair growing in the cleft of the buttocks area cause the hair to settle under the skin and grow inwards. The body considers this ingrown hair as foreign with an immune response against it which in turn forms an abscess or a cyst around that hair. In some cases there can also be multiple sinuses that grow one after the other in a cluster forming a bigger cyst.
A quick list of common pilonidal sinus causes:
- Poor personal hygiene
- Being hairier than normal
- Tight clothing
- If you have a sedentary job or lifestyle that allows you to sit for long durations
So, when do you know you have a pilonidal sinus growing? The area it grows is definitely one of the most clear signs of it being a pilonidal sinus. So, what about the other symptoms? Scroll down and you can read about the symptoms.
How common are they?
Pilonidal sinus cysts are relatively rare. However, they usually occur in more men than in women. The age group that is most affected by pilonidal sinus cysts are in the late teens and early 20’s, affecting 26 in almost a lakh of people.
Do you have it?
You might not have any noticeable symptoms in the beginning,. The only symptom you might notice is a small, dimple-like depression that occurs on the surface of your skin. This depression can get infected which develops into a cyst which becomes swollen and inflamed with fluid and pus getting collected in it.
Here are some striking symptoms that you can look for:
- Swelling of the skin around the cyst.
- Reddish sore skin around the cleft of the buttocks.
- If you experience pain while sitting and standing.
- Formation of more than one sinus tract, or holes in the skin.
- If you notice pus or blood leaking from the abscess with a foul smell.
- Slight fever with the pain, although a rare symptom, it should not be ignored.
Why bear the pain? – Make a choice with homeopathy
Ignoring certain things can lead to unfavourable situations. When you can get treatments that can help you avoid going under the knife, why not try it? Why bear the pain?
Homeopathy can be a great option for a pilonidal sinus treatment, where you can avoid getting a pilonidal sinus surgery. Homeopathy has a different way of doing the same thing that a pilonidal surgery would do, but at a much deeper level. There is always a room for doubt with homeopathy being an effective remedy for abscesses. That is what we clear when you visit us at Dr. Manoj’s Homeopathy.
Our treatments are much more unique and customised, as compared to any other homeopathic remedies that are available in pharmacys, or any other system of medicine.
Homeopathy has the most effective results in treating cysts and abscesses by bringing out all the remaining infection, and flushing it out of the body completely. This is exactly what the law of similars means. This technique eliminates the root cause of the ailment or infection from the body with a boost in the immune system of an individual.