What is Pilonidal Sinus?
Pilonidal sinuses are infected tracts beneath your skin and occur at the end of your tailbone on the natal cleft above your buttocks.
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Pilonidal sinuses can also occur between your fingers and your belly button and can have more than one channel.
The exact cause of pilonidal sinus is unknown. It is believed that ingrowing hair (hair growing into the skin pits) combined with changing hormones (pilonidal sinuses occur after puberty), friction (from sitting for a long time and clothes), and infection (ingrown hair and friction can irritate the skin and cause inflammation leading to bacterial invasion) contribute to pilonidal sinus.
Pilonidal sinus is found more commonly in young adults, mostly men as they have more body hair than women. Being in a sedentary job which requires a lot of sitting, obesity, having a deep hairy natal cleft, or a family history of pilonidal sinuses can make you more prone to this condition.