cyst popped, what to do?

#1
A few minutes ago, a cyst that I have had for about 2-3 days now popped and right now, I'm using paper towels to stop the bleeding. I don't know what to do. I'm afraid to go to the doctor, because I have never had any sort of procedure done before. What should I do and how do I keep the wound from becoming infected?
 
#2
Take sitz baths and cover your cyst up. Go see a doctor!

You must be comfortable with the idea of medical attention for pilonidal cysts. They do not go away on their own and will require surgical intervention. Please read the documents on this site for information, and we are all here to help you as long as you understand the medical necessities for treating pilonidal disease.
 

Hound

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#3
Welcome to the forum. Is this your first occurance and are you sure you have a Pilonidal sinus? It is unclear if you have been suffering with this for a while or not, so I apologises for not being able to give you exact advice.

It would not be appropriate to send you for surgery if this is your first occurrence and the sinus is draining. Emergency surgery is for cases where they won't drain. There is nothing to fear going to see the doc, surgery is an option but it is just that. You choose surgery, or choose to not have it. You will feel worse now with the worry of the unknown, so go see the doc. Get it looked at and get the info you obviously need.

In the meantime, if it is a pilo, a hot compress will help draw out infection. Keep it clean and cover it before wearing clothing. You should be ok to have sitz baths and showers, just keep perfumed soaps and shower gels away from it. Use water, saline or hibicleans to clean the area.
 

Pita82

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#4
Keep it clean and let it drain. Until you figure out if you want to get it treated that's about all you can do. I lived with mine for a couple of years with it rupturing on and off and it never got infected. It can happen but it's pretty unlikely.
 
#5
Mine just ruptured. I'm seeing Dr. Bascom next month. So for now, should I just shower off, and bandage it up? Should I push on it to make any extra stuff come out before doing so? I dont want to bandage it too soon and trap infected stuff in there I guess.
 

kittygirl

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#6
Mark David, I would see a your doctor/urgent care/ER, I had the "shoelace" of gauze up there while it was still infected, helps soak up all the ick and the doctor may put you on antibiotics as well....also the "shoelace" as far as I was told sticks out a bit so the hole won't close up while there's still infection in there....
 
#7
I actually just saw my gp before it bursted, he gave me antibiotics and painkillers. Perhaps I can buy this shoe lace gauze and put it in there myself? Shouldn't be too hard I suppose. Ugg, thinking about doing that makes me queasy -_-
 

kittygirl

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#8
I had the Urgent Care doctors do it, I dunno how weird it would to be to do it yourself....UC gave me a bottle of it which I had to bring back each time when it was time to change it....
 
#9
I've been getting these cysts repeatedly. It seems like as soon as one goes away another one comes along. I've had surgery once to remove it but they keep coming back. They're so painful and I don't know what to do anymore.
 
#10
I've been getting these cysts repeatedly. It seems like as soon as one goes away another one comes along. I've had surgery once to remove it but they keep coming back. They're so painful and I don't know what to do anymore.
time to look into cleft lift surgeons, the cleft lift is different, it moves the problem skin out of the problem area thus fixing the problem, the other surgeries just remove the ick but don't fix the problem.....

http://www.pilonidal.org/_assets/pdf/db_md_pdf/PiloMDs_USA_6_2014.pdf
 
#11
After the cyst ruptures how do you make it drain quickly. The smell is terrible. It's a bit embarrassing to be at work smelling like farm animal. I know it's not supposed to smell good but what methods work the best to make it drain. This is my fourth cyst in 3yrs the other three were cut open none actually bursts so this is a new feeling. As if having a cyst on my butt wasn't nasty enough explaining to my co workers why I was limping around. Now this terrible smell is there. Yes I shower clean it and change bandage