A Per-cyst-ant Problem
July 6, 2007 1:30 PM Subscribe
The wonderful world of pilonidal cysts...
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total)
A few years ago a pilonidal cyst developed on me. It began to drain, so I had a surgery to close it. This worked for a year, but then it began to drain again, and so another surgery was done. This one seems to have worked, as it's been 2 years and the area looks fine (I have it looked at from time to time).
However, what's driving me nuts is that ever since the beginning, the drainage from the cyst has caused my perineum to itch. Even after the surgeries, when the cyst area was packed and thus couldn't drain, it would itch.
Even now it itches, and I try not to scratch, but it gets unbearable. Sometimes I scratch to the point of bleeding, which I know is stupid, but it gives relief for a little while.
I actually went and saw a dermatologist who said that perhaps that area had become hyper-sensitive during the drainage time and now is "on" all the time. Is there anything I can do? Just use a cream of some sort every day? It doesn't seem like the cyst is draining anymore as I've said, and I'd really like to avoid another surgery if possible. Any ideas?