More and more often I am seeing clients who suffer with this painful, recurring condition called Pilonidal Sinus or Tailbone Cyst. The problem has a tendency to recur and it is believed that one of the causes of Pilonidal Sinus is ingrown hair. That is why laser hair removal is often recommended by a doctor who is caring for a patient with the condition. Laser Hair Removal will stop the hair from growing and in my experience greatly reduces the chances of a recurrence.
What is Pilonidal Sinus?
Pilonidal Sinus is most often located near the tailbone, at the top of the cleft of the buttocks. Although it is usually located near the coccyx, it can also effect the navel, underarms, and genital region.
Pilonidal Sinus or Tailbone Cysts affects men more than women. It usually affects men from puberty to their early thirties.
Most people associate the word sinus with the nose, but sinuses can occur anywhere on the body. Sinus is simply a medical term for channel or cavity.
A Pilonidal Sinus will not usually cause any noticeable symptoms unless it becomes infected. This can cause a puss-filled abscess. Signs that you may have an infection include pain, redness, and swelling in the affected area.
Causes of Pilonidal Sinus
The exact cause of Pilonidal Sinus is unclear, although it is thought to be caused by loose hair piercing the skin. One proposed cause of Pilonidal Cysts is ingrown hair. Being obese, having a large amount of body hair, and having a job that involves a lot of sitting or driving (taxi drivers) can increase your chances of Pilonidal Sinus.
Treatment of Pilonidal Sinus
You must be seen by a doctor if your Pilonidal Sinus is infected and painful. Your physician may lance the cyst, perform surgery and follow up with antibiotics.
Preventing recurrence of Pilonidal Sinus
Long term recurrence of Pilonidal Sinus is reduced with good hygiene and regular hair removal such as laser hair removal. The hair should be removed in order to prevent recurrence of the sinus. Laser Hair Removal will permanently reduce the hair in the affected area and greatly diminish the chances of the problem recurring.
Laser Hair Removal and Pilonidal Sinus
You must not do Laser Hair Removal when:
- The Pilonidal Sinus is infected
- You have had a recent surgery for the Pilonidal Sinus
- Your site is healing from surgery or lancing
- The skin is red, inflamed, sensitive and raw
- You are currently taking antibiotics for the infection. You can never do Laser Hair Removal when you are on a prescription medication that is photo sensitive (sensitive to light).
After you have had surgery or lancing for the Pilonidal Sinus, and your site is no longer sensitive and you are finished taking the antibiotics for the infection you may begin Laser Hair Removal. The process is very simple. As is the case with all Laser Hair Removal your first step is a Laser Hair Removal Consultation. During the consult the laser technician will determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment. Explain the process, answer all your questions and concerns and look at the treatment site.
At the time of your Laser Hair Removal Treatment your site will be shaved. The affected area and the surrounding area will be treated with the laser. The average person will require 4 to 6 sessions for at least 80% of the hair to be gone. Once the hair is no longer growing you should see a remarkable improvement, both in the amount of hair in the site and the recurrence of the Pilonidal Sinus.
I have treated countless people with Pilonidal Sinus on the underarms, the tailbone and the genital area. Some clients rarely have a recurrence and others have no recurrence at all after their Laser Hair Removal treatments are complete. But, everyone has seen an improvement.
I hope you found this article valuable. If you think you might have Pilonidal Sinus on your skin and you would like to schedule a consultation, I invite you to contact us at the clinic. It will be our pleasure to answer your questions.