- A pimple on your vagina could indicate genital acne, which can be treated with antibiotics.
- But folliculitis, ingrown hairs, and molluscum contagiosum can also result in pimple-like bumps.
- Vaginal strokes can also indicate an STI such as genital warts or herpes.
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If you think you have a pimple in your vagina, it could be something harmless, such as ingrown hairs, or something more serious, such as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Here are six different causes of bumps near your vagina and your vulva, and also how they are treated.
It is possible to get acne from clogged pores all over your body — including the vulva. Like all acne, genital acne looks like you have red pimples that may or may not be full of pus, he says. Alexis May Kimble, DO, the Medical Director of Kimble Pelvic Wellness Center.
How to treat it: To get rid of acne on the vulva and prevent it from returning, Kimble says she should keep the area clean and dry.
If your acne is severe and recurrent, your doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics. Kimble says you should avoid common acne treatments like benzoyl peroxide, which are too harsh for this sensitive area.
2. Incarnate hair
Incarnate hairs occur when a hair grows back into the skin. They often present as red and painful bumps.
If you shave or wax your pubic hair, this could put you at a higher risk for ingrown hairs, Kimble says.
How to treat it: Kimble says you should avoid other hair removal techniques until the area is completely healthy. Meanwhile, she says she should keep the area clean, and soak the skin with a warm compress like a cloth soaked in hot water – but not so hot that it is uncomfortable for the skin.
Next, gently exfoliate with a scrub (you can opt for those specifically for the bikini area).
In addition to a swollen screen, you may experience redness, swelling and tenderness. Typically, this is caused by an infection by bacteria or a fungus.
How to treat it: You may need one prescription antibiotic, antibacterial cream, or antifungal cream to treat your folliculitis depending on the type of infection. In more severe cases, oral antibiotics, prescribed by your doctor, may be necessary.
4. Molluscum contagiosum
Molluscum contagiosum it’s a viral infection that results in small, flesh-colored, flesh-colored spots that typically have a dark spot among them, says Nwegbo-Banks. If they are irritated, they can become itchy, red and inflamed.
How to treat it: It’s possible that the molluscum contagiosum will go away on its own in three to six months, Kimble says.
However, treatment options requires a visit from a doctor and includes:
- Cryotherapy (freezing and injury)
- Curettage (scraping the lesions)
- Laser therapy
- Prescription of topical creams
5. Genital warts
Genital warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
They range from small bumps to bulky, carnal-colored lesions, Kimble says. The warts often look like cauliflower and are accompanied by itching and pain.
How to treat it: Warts can go away on their own, but you have to avoid having sex if you have a genital wart so as not to spread the infection.
If the warts cause you discomfort or do not go away, you can seek treatment options such as:
- Prescription creams
- Cryotherapy (freezing warts)
- Electrocautery (burning warts with an electric current)
- Excision (surgery to cut and warts)
- Laser therapy
Genital herpes it is caused by the herpes simplex virus, both type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes lesions can appear as a blister or a group of blisters, and can transmit fluids. There will be symptoms such as:
How to treat it: There is no cure for herpes, but you can take it antiviral dressing which can shorten the duration of the herpes outbreak and prevent outbreaks from occurring in the future. In addition, Kimble says you should avoid having sex during an active herpes outbreak to prevent giving it to your partner.
Take away the Insider
If you have a bump on your vulva that worries you, feel free to go into your OB / GYN to have it checked.
There’s a good chance it’s something super harmless, like a pimple or ingrown hair, but in case it’s something more serious, you want to make sure you get the correct treatment as soon as possible so you can start feeling better.