Hello everyone. I'm glad I found this place as it is comforting to know that I am not alone in dealing with this. Exactly a week ago my tailbone area felt itchy so I scratched it intensely. The area felt wet so upon looking down there and wiping with a tissue, I saw a little blood and clear fluid and bang in the middle of the natal cleft there was a small open circle reddish in colour. To the left of the circle there is a small bump, very slightly tender but not giving me much of a problem. Prior to a week ago I had zero issues and did not even know what a pilonidal cyst/sinus was. I went to the doctor a few days ago and he told me that it might be a pilonidal cyst but he is unsure and referring me to a colorectal surgeon. In the meantime I have spent many hours on here reading threads and seeing what the outcome might ultimately be. I feel very scared and reluctant to have such an intense surgical procedure to fix something which until a few days ago didn't even exist. My doctor prescribed me Fucibet cream (Betamethasone valerate 0.1%/Fusidic acid 2%) which I use twice daily and cover the wound with a cotton pad. I am also sitting in a bath with 2 capfuls of Dettol liquid antiseptic every night for around 15 minutes. I bought a coccyx support cushion also. I want to be able to tackle this before it becomes a massive issue. I am of sicilian descent and quite hairy in that region so I got my wife to pluck the hairs that were surrounding the wound. Part of me is hoping that this isn't a pilonidal cyst but deep down a voice is telling me to expect the worst. I read that no images were allowed in this subforum so I was wondering how I could possibly show a picture that I took of the region and subsequently any thoughts that you guys had? Thank you.