1. What is pilonidal sinus?
Pilonidal sinus is a tunnel present in the cleft space of the buttocks. It can be infected and can cause extreme pain.
2. What causes pilonidal sinus?
The accurate reason for the occurrence of this condition is yet to determined. It can occur due to hair growth or hormonal change. It can also be due to friction from clothes or prolonged sitting. Some other risk factors are trauma, obesity and poor hygiene.
3. What are the symptoms of pilonidal sinus?
Pilonidal sinus is characterised by:
- Painful mass in buttocks
- Abscess formation
- Redness of surrounding skin
4. Is pilonidal sinus curable?
Yes, pilonidal sinus is curable. Treatment includes the application of antibiotics, lancing, phenol injection and surgery.
5. Is pilonidal sinus hereditary?
Family history is a risk factor for the development of pilonidal sinus and is more common in young males.