Everything You Should Know About Tailor’s Bunion

What is tailor’s bunion?

Tailor’s bursitis or “tailor’s knot” is a painful condition that causes pain when the skin over the tailbone (the bone just above your belly button) becomes inflamed. It usually occurs on one side only of the body and affects men and women equally. It most commonly develops during puberty but can occur at any age. It is not contagious and there are no known treatments.


The symptoms of tailor’s bursitis vary from person to person depending on their age, gender, weight, height and other factors. These include:

Painful swelling around the affected area of the body, especially where it meets the ribs. Sometimes the swelling spreads into the groin area. There may be burning sensations when touching these areas.

Swelling of the affected area.

Difficulty breathing due to the tightness of the chest muscles. A cough may become difficult to control.

Nausea and vomiting. Some people experience nausea and vomiting after eating food, while others vomit immediately upon swallowing certain foods such as tomatoes or onions. The vomiting may cause blood in the stool, which can lead to dehydration if left untreated. If vomitting occurs frequently, watery diarrhea may result.

Pain and tightness of the chest. This can cause difficulty breathing as well as a cough that is difficult to control. If the condition worsens, shortness of breath, wheezing, and stridor (a high-pitched noise created when inhaling) may be experienced.

Difficulty swallowing.

Trouble pooping and uncontrolled bowel movements. Constipation may be experienced at one point, followed by diarrhea at another.

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