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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is pilonidal sinus?

This refers to a small hole or tunnel at the top of the buttocks at the cleft. It is generally harmless and goes unnoticed unless it becomes infected. The cause is not fully understood but may involve friction, hormones and hair growth. It is more common among men, young adults and people who sit down for long periods of time.

Symptoms of pilonidal sinus

  • Bumps containing pus

  • Sores or ulcers of the skin

Questions your doctor may ask to check for pilonidal sinus

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose pilonidal sinus

  • Do you have bumps on your skin with pus?

  • Do you have skin ulcers (sores)?

Treatment for pilonidal sinus

Pilonidal sinus only requires treatment in the case of infection, in which case, treatment depends on the severity of the infection. Mild cases may require antibiotics, while more severe cases require pus drainage and surgical removal.

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