A pilonidal sinus (PNS) is a small hole or tunnel in the skin. It may fill with fluid or pus, causing the formation of a cyst or abscess. It occurs in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. A pilonidal cyst usually contains hair, dirt, and debris. It can cause severe pain and can often become infected.
Signs and symptoms of an infected pilonidal cyst include: Pain. Reddening of the skin. Drainage of pus or blood from an opening in the skin.
A pilonidal sinus develops. This is an opening that grows under the skin from the hair follicle. Symptoms of pilonidal cyst infection include pain; skin reddening; and draining of pus or blood, sometimes with a foul smell. An infected cyst needs treatment.
Though Pilonidal sinus is not a life-threatening disease, its consequences can be quite painful. Hence, it must be treated on priority to avoid its re-occurrence. Ayurveda provides a permanent solution to Pilonidal sinus through kshar sutra treatment which involves not only the removal of the existent infection but development of healthy tissue preventing the recurrence of the disorder.The Kshar Sutra treatment for Pilonidal sinus includes the following steps-
The Pilonidal sinus is first examined to understand its extent and depth. Based on the observation, the duration of the treatment is determined. A kshar sutra or medical thread ( a linen thread coated with a medicinal latex) is then inserted into the Pilonidal sinus.
The kshar sutra is replaced every week and this treatment continues for about 3-4 weeks till the wound is healed. Kshar sutra is a non surgical, non-invasive treatment for Pilonidal sinus. It not only heals infection but promotes growth of new tissue. This natural method of treatment has seen high success rates in curing Pilonidal sinus.