Submitted by lincoln on Sept 2010 in Frequently Asked Questions
Many people ask me if their pilonidal cyst will ever go away on its own or by itself. And the only answer I can give them is “maybe”.
Personally, my pilonidal cyst would come and go periodically each year. I would experience on average about 2 to 3 flare ups a year with each one lasting between 30 to 45 days. So, in that sense they did come and go.
Most pilonidal cysts technically do not just disappear by themselves however. At least not permanently. Sure, the swelling and pain may go down, but almost always will return… many times worse than before.
The reason a pilonidal cyst doesn’t go away on its own is because without any direct intervention to eliminate the true cause of pilonidal cysts, there’s no way for it to get healed.
However, there is one thing that’s working in your favor… “time”.
Time will heal your cyst eventually. How much time? Well, that depends on how old you are.
If you’re in your teens or early twenties, then you’re going to have to wait a VERY long time. I mean, we’re talking years!
You see, pilonidal cysts tend to only effect people who are young, particularly those in their teens or early twenties. Sure, you can be much older and still get one, but it is rare.
After you hit a certain age, the chances of your pilonidal cyst ever coming back diminish significantly. How old you ask? I would say after the age of 35.
If you’re in your mid thirties and have a pilonidal cyst, the good news is the disease is on its last phases and will begin to wither away as the weeks and months go by.
However, if you’re younger, then I hate to say it, but the chances of your pilonidal cyst going away on its own are very slim. It could happen, but it’s not likely.
So, to answer the question once and for all if pilonidal cysts go away on their own: it’s possible but highly unlikely without any direct intervention on your part. And even if it does happen to go away by itself, chances are good that it will only come back in the near future.
Other variations of this question:
Do pilonidal cysts go away by themselves?
How long before my cyst disappears?
My pilonidal cyst coming back after it went away?