Extended hours of sitting, either in front of the computer or preparing for competitive exams has led to rise in the incidence of Pilonidal Sinus amongst youngsters. Notoriously called as Jeep Driver’s Disease, this condition that is found in the tailbone area, is now a trouble for the young urban population. Proctologists at Healing Hands Clinic shed some light on this topic.
What is a Pilonidal Sinus?
The word Pilonidal means a nest of hair within a sac, whereas sinus tract is a narrow passage anywhere within the body. Thus, Pilonidal Sinus is a cyst (small sac) or tunnel in the skin that usually develops over the tailbone at the top of the cleft between the buttocks. The cyst usually contains hair and debris.
What are the causes of this condition?
The condition is more common in males, especially young adults. It’s seen in people who sit for long hours at a stretch, for ex. students, IT professionals, drivers. Men with thick, curly and coarse body hair are especially susceptible. Having a deep cleft between the buttocks also makes one prone to it. Obesity and family history are other causes.
What are the symptoms?
A person suffering from Pilonidal Sinus would usually have recurring episodes of pain or swelling in the tailbone area. There may be a yellowish pus-like or bloody discharge that may be foul-smelling. Sometimes, there is no discharge but a painful lump under the skin of that area. Certain activities like riding a bicycle or doing sit-ups may be uncomfortable.
How is it treated?
Thanks to advances in medicine, Laser is proving an excellent modality of treatment. The procedure called Laser Pilonidotomy is minimally invasive with faster wound healing as compared to the older techniques. Patients are discharged home the same day; they can perform all their chores and join office by the next day.
Healing Hands Clinic is certified Centre of Excellence in Proctology by world-renowned colorectal surgeon, Dr Antonio Longo.
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