Newly diagnosed, what now?

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unceman

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The backstory is that I have had a couple of flare ups a couple of years ago in my 20s (33 now) but I did not have tremendous pain then. Back then it drained a bit on its own, and the swelling went away. No treatment was needed, so I was never diagnosed. Fast forward to two days ago, and I have another flare up, but this time the pain is MUCH MUCH greater. Difficulty sitting for long periods of time, driving is a chore. Went to Urgent Care after realizing things were not better and the pain would prevent me from sleeping. Diagnosed with a Pilonidal Cyst and was subscribed Keflex. While I am experiencing some improvement, I'm concerned about future issues.

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-I have had flare ups before, but had little to no pain in comparison to this time
-33 years old
-I do not have a visible sinus opening
-While the antibiotic (Keflex) seems to be working, the pain is tough to deal with. Taking ibuprofen for pain

Will the pain subside during my antibiotic treatment? Should I go ahead and consult a surgeon now? Is there anything for me to do in the meantime other than wait?
 

stan biles

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Good news/bad news

The good news is that antibiotics usually reduce syumptoms for pilonidal infections. Sometimes not. And sometimes they eliminate them....for a while. The bad news is that for most people with an infection that dates back years, antibiotics usually do not cure the cause of the symptoms.

You need a professional to look you over and give you some options to get rid of the infection once and for all. Then you can make some decisions.

Good luck.
 

unceman

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Shortly after posting this message, I noticed that a "head" developed with a small amount of visible pus.

Is the next step to talk to a professional about lancing it, or should I just wait and allow the antibiotics do their thing?
 

allypally49

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I recently started taking antiobiotics for a second flare up and my doctor said if I thought it had got any worse during the time I was taking them, I should go and see her immediatly, or go to hospital if it was outside of the doctors hours. She may have just been overly cautious, but perhaps it is probably a good idea if you go back to the doctor. Good luck.
 

unceman

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The antibiotics seem to be working. Still sensitive and sore, but reduced pain. I will reassess after my antibiotics Rx is out.
 

punisherthunder

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Make sure to schedule an appointment with a colon/rectal surgeon...not a general surgeon. Have them look you over.

I have known more people to see a general surgeon only to have them botch the treatment! [:^]
 
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