Pimples on the vaginal lip are a common concern for women. Before you become too worried, you need to understand that there are causes for pimples on female genitalia that don’t have anything to do with STDs or other contagious diseases.
Pimples are a common occurrence and they may appear anywhere on your body. In the vaginal lip, they may result from blocked skin glands. Below, we will look into the actual development of vaginal pimples, and how you can treat them.
Why do you have a pimple on your vaginal lip?
There are various reasons for lumps in the vaginal area. Some will resolve on their own, while others might require treatment.
- Genital Warts
Infections caused by subtypes of the human papilloma virus may cause warts on the genitals. This will result in rough and infectious bumps in genital areas. There are medications specially made for treatment of this disease.
- Abscesses on the Vagina
Some vaginal abscesses occur when the Bartholin’s glands of the vaginal area become blocked and then infected. In addition, other bacteria and STDs may cause vaginal bumps.
If you have an abscess near the groin or rectal area, and it is becoming larger, sore and streaked with red, you will need to contact your physician. You can also use warm compresses to sooth them. Do not try to pick or drain them.
- Vaginal Pimples from ingrown Hair
If you typically wax or shave your pubic region, you may develop a pimple near the vagina due to ingrown pubic hair.
Ingrown pubic hair occurs when the hair grows sideways or curls back into the follicle. This can actually affect men, too.
To prevent these pimples, use proper techniques to remove hair in the vaginal area. Ingrown hair can be minimized by using a sharp razor, using shave lotions or gels and shaving in the direction that the hair grows. You might also investigate permanent methods for the removal of pubic hair.
- Skin Tags
Skin tags may occur anywhere on your body, and this includes your vaginal area. Wearing tight clothing makes it more likely that you will develop skin tags. Have them assessed for infectious or cancerous growth.
You can have skin tags professionally removed by liquid nitrogen freezing or with laser surgery.
- Genital Herpes
Herpes is an STD that generally develops as a spot or sore and then matures into one or more blisters that become an open ulcer. The area may have painful or burning sensations, and herpes is usually treated with antiviral type medications.
- Vaginal Cysts
Cysts are common in the vaginal area. They are pimple-like lumps that may be filled with air or fluid. They are usually caused by blocked ducts or glands.
The most common types of vaginal cysts are inclusion cysts (the most common type), as well as Bartholin’s gland, Gartner’s duct and Müllerian cysts.
Symptoms and Signs of Vaginal Cysts
Unless they are infected, these cysts are usually painless. They feel like pebbles and move under the skin when you touch them. If they become infected, these cysts become tender and swollen, and may fill with grayish or white pus, sometimes with a foul odor.
Treating Vaginal Cysts
These cysts don’t usually require treatment. Your physician may do a biopsy, to ensure that they aren’t cancerous. Antibiotics are used if they become infected. Larger cysts may need to be drained by your OB-GYN.
If you have painful cysts, sit in a bathtub with a few inches of warm water, to relieve the pain.
- Clogged Sweat Glands
Pimples on the vaginal lip may be produced by sweat glands that become clogged. Known as hidradenitis suppurativa, this is a painful condition. It may leave scars behind. This condition can be treated with steroids and antibiotics.
Dealing with a Pimple on the Vaginal Lip
Pimples that develop in the vaginal region occasionally disappear by themselves over several days. Serious cases may need to be incised.
Treatment Options for Pimples in the Vaginal Area
- Maintain proper Hygiene
Keep your vaginal area clean in order to avoid pimple development. Using a feminine wash or antibacterial soap each time you use the toilet will kill germs and keep infection at bay.
Do not share hygiene products, and try to wear only cotton underwear, which allows the skin of the vaginal area to breathe more freely.
Do not squeeze or prick pimples in the vaginal area. If you prick them, this can cause the infection to spread.
Keep any area with a pimple moisture free and clean. Don’t wear synthetic or tight-fitting panties. This could increase your discomfort.
- Leave it Alone
Usually, vaginal pimples are harmless, and just a nuisance. They don’t normally need to be worried about. Do not pick at them – this is what causes infection. However, if your swelling and pain increases, call your physician to receive medical attention.
- Try DIY Remedies
Cover the area affected with a moist, warm towel, to soothe the vaginal area and reduce inflammation and irritation.
Siting in a bathtub with potassium permanganate in hot water will help in sterilizing the vaginal lip pimple and protect against infection. You can also add salt to your water, to act as a sterilizer.
Eat healthy vegetables and fruit and avoid oily, fried foods. Drink lots of water throughout the day, instead of juice or soda.
Apply a paste of flax seeds and water to your vaginal pimple to drain the pus and reduce swelling and pain.