Pilonidal disease refers to a condition in which pilonidal cysts or abscesses routinely form in the cleft between the buttocks. Pilonidal disease can be caused by a combination of anatomical and lifestyle factors, and the team at NYBG Colorectal can help you address your issues and find an end to your discomfort.
Risks and Causes for Pilonidal Disease
In most cases, pilonidal issues are caused by a hair follicle that has been pushed down into the skin. When this happens, the body forms a cyst around the hair, treating it as though it were an invading foreign substance. Over time, this cyst can become badly infected, forming an abscess that may require surgical intervention.
The most frequent cause for pilonidal issues is long periods of sitting, combined with thicker body hair in the affected area. Increased pressure on the buttocks and tailbone can cause ingrown hairs that eventually develop into painful pilonidal cysts. These problems don’t resolve on their own, so if you think you may be dealing with pilonidal disease, it’s important to reach out and set up your in-person exam as quickly as possible.