A pilonidal cyst is a liquid-filled bump or sac that forms near the crease of the buttocks. While some are not visible, others look like a small pit or a dimple. These bumps can cause:
- Pain and swelling around the infected region
- Fever and inflammation
- Pus and blood leaking from openings within the cyst (Sinus Tract)
Pilonidal cysts are usually formed when loose hair and dead skin become trapped under the skin. This happens because the skin in the tailbone region is very flexible. Hair and dead skin can break off only to be pushed back under the skin during movement. This hair and dead skin is treated as an infection by your immune system leading to the growth.
Why are young kids at such a risk
Pilonidal cysts are common in young people who sit for a long time. These risk factors are exacerbated if the person has an excess of body weight or body hair. Tight clothing that causes irritation or itchiness around the tailbone area is also a risk factor.
How to help your children with Pilonidal cysts
For parents whose children’s hygiene might not be quite as good as they would prefer, pilonidal cysts might become another issue parents must face with their children. Here’s how to help:
- First, Clean the area. If your doctor recommends it teach your children how to regularly remove hair from the infected area, either by shaving or other hair removal products.
- Suggest to your child to sleep on their side and stomach which can help ease the pain.
- Remind your child to take breaks from sitting down for so long.
If your child has gone to have their pilonidal cyst treated remember to:
- Give a prescribed medication as directed
- Change or remove bandages as recommended
- Stop your child from bathing or showering until your doctor give the ok
The most important way to prevent Pilonidal cysts is to keep the area clean and free of hair. For more information on Pilonidal cysts, speak to a medical professional today!