Pilonidal disease is a persistent infection of the skin in and around the buttock crease that can be caused by an adverse reaction to hairs embedded in the skin. Symptoms may include an acute abscess that presents as a small dimple or a large painful mass, and (if infected) redness, tenderness, fever, malaise, nausea and pus drainage with a foul odor.
The initial pilonidal abscess can be treated with a simple outpatient procedure involving a small incision to drain and release the pus; however, many patients with pilonidal disease can develop a chronic pilonidal sinus—a cavity below the skin that connects to the skin’s surface. Should the pilonidal sinus become infected, a surgical procedure to unroof or excise the sinus may be necessary.
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