the purpose of heat for pilonidal?

Mark David

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So I could feel my cyst coming back. Last night I put a heating pad on it. I've woken up and it seems more tender, more engorged, more likely to pop (though in my experience that takes several DAYS of heat).

I guess what I'm asking, so heat will make this thing get engorged and pop? Which I guess is good, the pain will stop. What could I potentially put on it just to stop the pain, maybe make it less throbbing? Cold?
 

kzieli2

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Heat increases circulation to the area and helps bring the pus to the surface in most cases. But you risk causing more damage from the heat in that area. I would advise against popping it yourself. My doctor told me that with every exacerbation/recurrence there is more damage and it goes deeper. You also risk more infection by popping it yourself. It hurts because it could be infected. Cold wouldn't really help. Try to stay off the area as much as you can and I'd go see a doctor who deals with pylonidal cysts if I were you, and they could drain it for you.
 

Mark David

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Hm, I see. I didn't realize I was making it worse. I was planning on seeing Dr. Bascom but he's on vacation until mid September. I suppose I could see Dr. Rosengart or Dr. Caplan instead... not sure what I should do.
 

Razzyirt

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Hi Mark, where are you located? Others may be able to suggest good surgeons. Dr. Sternberg is in San Fran, CA and he did my cleft lift. I found him to be an awesome surgeon.
 

Mark David

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Im in Maryland. It'll be quite a hike to Oregon but if he can fix me it'll be worth it! This disease has sorta ruined my summer. :(
 

Anonymouse1

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Isn't Dr Rosengart closer for you? He's in Pittsburg. Lilly and Jaredsmom had him as their surgeon for their son's cleft lifts and highly recommend him.
 
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