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Causes and Cures for Red and Itchy Vaginal Bumps

Infographic: Possible Causes of Itchy, Bumpy Vagina
Infographic: Possible Causes of Itchy, Bumpy Vagina

Vaginal Bumps and Itches: Is It an STD

There are many causes for itchy bumps on the vagina (or, to be exact, on the vulva, mons pubis, labia, or external parts of the vagina). The first thing a woman thinks of is a sexually transmitted disease but, although that is an understandable fear, often there is another explanation for these symptoms.

Itchy vaginal bumps are symptoms that are similar to those of some STDs or STIs (sexually transmitted infections). This makes it challenging to determine the culprit. Women should see their gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis of these bumps. However, if the vaginal bumps are not sexually transmitted, some simple over-the-counter remedies will cure or alleviate many cases.

Note: This article is about bumps that itch. Although there are many other reasons one might develop a bump on the vagina, we're narrowing our focus on the causes of the ones that itch, starting with the most harmless and least alarming.

Causes of Itchy Red Bumps on the Vagina

Condition
Cause
Distinct Symptoms
Cure
Acne
Harsh body products, sweat or oil secretions, wearing tight or synthetic underwear
Similar to pimples on other areas of the body
Clean area with warm water, no soap. Wear breathable clothing of natural materials. Don't try to pop it!
Ingrown Hair
Shaving, certain body products, excessive sweat
Looks like a pimple, sometimes filled with pus. Sometimes you can see the hair inside
Regular exfoliating, shaving with a sharp razor or finding another hair removal method, or letting hair grow out
Folliculitis
Sweat or friction from clothing that blocks hair follicle and can become infected
Begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores
Usually heals on its own in approximately two weeks. Salt water compresses may help.
Eczema
Unknown
Redness, itchiness, red bumps, weeping, oozing and crusting
No cure; symptoms can be treated with moisturizing regimen at home or with corticosteroids
Molluscum Contagiosum
Virus spread through skin-to-skin contact that does not need to be sexual
Smooth, shiny bumps with central indentation; varying sizes and colors, filled with waxy substance, often itchy and sore
Usually go away on their own, but it could take months
Genital Herpes
Virus spread through skin-to-skin contact
Itching, burning, and tingling sensations that turn into blisters, which burst and turn into sores
No cure, but the symptoms can be managed and anti-virals taken to reduce occurrence of outbreaks
Genital Warts (HPV)
Virus spread through sexual contact
Skin-colored, itchy bumps that have the appearance of cauliflower, and are rough to the touch
No cure, but the warts usually go away on their own (though it can take up to 2 years)
Always see your gynecologist to make sure the condition isn't serious, and whatever you do, don't scratch!

Are Daily Habits Causing Vaginal Acne?

Vaginal / Vulval Acne: Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body.
Vaginal / Vulval Acne: Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body. | Source

Cause:

Acne is most often the cause of bumps that are red and itchy on and around the vagina. Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body. Vaginal acne is skin's natural reaction to harsh soap, douches, shaving, or not showering enough. In the teen and early adult years, this area may have excessive secretions—sweat or oil— which may clog the pores and lead to pimples. Wearing tight underwear made of synthetic or non-absorbent material can trap this moisture and cause acne, as well.

Cure:

You can treat vaginal acne by cleaning the area with warm water (without soap) several times daily. Keep the area clean and dry and wear cotton underwear. Don't try to pop or squeeze the pimple, because this will just cause irritation and possibly lead to infection. A warm compress might help.

Extreme conditions of vaginal acne may require medical attention for treatment with cortisone injections or other means.

Maybe It's an Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair. Sometimes, you can see the hair under the surface.
An ingrown hair. Sometimes, you can see the hair under the surface. | Source

It looks like a pimple (a red bump on the skin, varying in size, sometimes with pus inside), it feels like a pimple (painful and itchy), but it isn't a pimple, it's an ingrown hair.

Cause:

Ingrown hairs are those that have somehow curled and grown sideways or back down into your skin instead of exiting. One common type of ingrown hair is called pseudofolliculitis, also known as razor bumps, a group of small bumps that appear after you've shaved, waxed, or tweezed. Because the hair is cut so short, it gets turned around and trapped under the surface of your skin.

This may happen more often to people with thick or curly hair. Also, it can happen if something clogs the pores and prevents the hair from growing out—for example, dead skin can clog a hair follicle, as can excessive sweat or certain products.

Cure:

Usually, this bump will eventually heal itself. If you're prone to ingrown hairs, exfoliating (gently scrubbing away dead skin), using a sharp razor when shaving, shaving in the direction the hair is growing, switching to another method of hair removal, or letting the hair grow can all help.

If it doesn't heal itself, an ingrown hair may become infected. It may darken the skin or leave a scar, especially if you've been picking or scratching. If this happens, your doctor can make a small incision to get it out. Your doctor may also prescribe something to help.

Could It Be Folliculitis?

Vaginal Folliculitis might look like this:  It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores.
Vaginal Folliculitis might look like this: It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores. | Source

Folliculitis is an extremely common skin condition, one of the most common forms of bumps found in the genital area, caused by hair follicles that have become inflamed, often leading to a bacterial or fungal infection. It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores.

Cause:

Folliculitis is caused by sweat or friction from clothing that blocks a hair follicle on or around the vagina. The resulting bumps may become infected.

Cure:

Folliculitis usually heals on its own in approximately two weeks. If it is a small, singular bump, it can be treated by placing a warm compress on the area three times a day. A saltwater solution may offer relief. If there are multiple bumps, if they recur, or if a bump doesn't heal, a trip to the doctor for an incision, drainage, and antibiotic or anti-fungal may be required.

Could It Be Eczema?

This is what eczema might look like. Look for  redness, minute papules or vesicles (that look like pimples) which might be weeping, oozing, or crusting.
This is what eczema might look like. Look for redness, minute papules or vesicles (that look like pimples) which might be weeping, oozing, or crusting. | Source

Another cause of itchy, red vaginal bumps is eczema (aka atopic dermatitis). Eczema is "a general term for any superficial inflammatory process involving the epidermis, marked early by redness, itchiness, minute papules and vesicles, weeping, oozing and crusting."

Cause:

We don't know exactly what causes it (although it is believed to be caused by a combination of environmental and hereditary factors) and, unfortunately, we don't know a cure. For many, it is a recurrent and painful disease they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.

Cure:

There is no cure, but it can be treated. Your gynecologist may prescribe external topical corticosteroids, but they have some extreme side effects. Discomfort might also be alleviated with a variety of home remedies including using a cool compress or soaking in baths, followed by a moisturizing lotion regimen.

Use a cream with natural ingredients and no added perfume or fragrance. Aloe vera might be applied two or three times a day, but you'll want to watch to see how your skin responds. Adjusting eating habits along with stress reduction are also helpful in minimizing recurrence. Yogurt and acidophilus capsules have also been used to varying degrees of success.

Be careful not to scratch eczema bumps or the itchiness will intensify and the eczema will spread. These remedies may sound simple enough, but eczema is a tough culprit to clear up. It is essential to follow treatment advice on a daily basis.

Maybe It's a Viral Infection (Molluscum Contagiosum)?

Molluscum Contagiosum: Smooth, round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation, firm to the touch, and filled with a waxy substance.
Molluscum Contagiosum: Smooth, round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation, firm to the touch, and filled with a waxy substance. | Source

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that spreads through close skin-to-skin contact, including but not limited to sexual contact. In the vaginal area, this virus appears in the form of smooth and shiny round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation. They are firm to the touch and filled with a waxy substance. The bumps appear in varied colors ranging from white, pink, red, and other flesh tones and are often itchy, swollen, and sore.

Cause:

Any activity that involves touching an infected person's bumps, touching the hand that scratched those bumps, or even contact with an infected towel or piece of clothing may expose you to the virus.

Cure:

They usually disappear on their own, but it may take months. However, if you are sexually active or worried about exposing someone else, treatment will shorten the healing time. Your doctor may treat them with dry ice, topical cream, or laser removal.

Is It Genital (Vaginal) Herpes?

Genital herpes may look something like this. There may be itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Genital herpes may look something like this. There may be itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes. | Source

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted virus (herpes simplex virus, or HSV) with no cure. Herpes lays dormant for periods of time, and it may reappear without warning under certain conditions, including menstruation, stress, and illness.

When symptoms are present, they may include itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Cause:

You can contract vaginal herpes when your skin touches the skin of an infected partner during intercourse.

Cure:

As stated, there is no cure for herpes. After a positive diagnosis, a physician may prescribe a daily oral medication to prevent outbreaks. Another option that is available is the medication Acyclovir, which can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. This medication does not prevent herpes outbreaks, but it increases healing time and decreases symptoms once sores are present.

75%-80% of Americans carry at least one Herpes Simplex Virus (Type 1 or 2).

Infographic: Who Has Genital Herpes?
Infographic: Who Has Genital Herpes?

Could It Be Genital Warts (HPV)?

Vaginal warts: Skin-colored, itchy bumps, with the appearance of cauliflower, that are rough to the touch.
Vaginal warts: Skin-colored, itchy bumps, with the appearance of cauliflower, that are rough to the touch. | Source

Another common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts, which are not always visible to the eye but if they are, might be skin-colored, itchy bumps that have the appearance of cauliflower, and are rough to the touch.

You will most often find these bumps on more than one place of the vagina. After exposure to the virus, it takes six weeks to six months (and sometimes longer) for the bumps to develop, so there is likely a period of time when the infected individual has no clue they have been exposed. Some rarer strains of the virus are especially dangerous because they can cause cancer of the cervix and vulva.

Cause:

Genital warts are spread by skin-to-skin contact during sex. Because of the long incubation period, there is a chance HPV can be spread even when no warts are visible.

Cure:

While there is no cure for HPV, the infection sometimes clears on its own. Testing positive for HPV doesn't mean you need treatment: your doctor may opt instead for close monitoring, especially if it's a rarer strain of HPV that can lead to cancer. Very often, our bodies fight off the virus. If so, the warts go away without treatment—for most women, the infection clears up within two years.

There are treatments to help with the symptoms and possibly help lower the chance of passing the infection to a partner. These therapies might reduce, but don't ensure against infection. Warts may be removed by various means: However, even after removal, the virus may cause future outbreaks.

What Are the Guidelines For Seeking Medical Care?

Many of the causes described above do not require medical attention or a prescription. However, it's important for you to ascertain the exact cause of your bumps, and there's no way to be sure without getting the proper tests.

Your gynecologist is the only one who can determine the cause of those itchy bumps near your vagina.

If you suspect a sexually transmitted disease or infection is the culprit, you'll need medical care as soon as possible. If you have vaginal bumps that you believe are not sexually transmitted, and they last longer than three days, you'll still need to have them examined by a physician.

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Questions and Comments 226 comments

Erica 2 weeks ago

Help me please!!! I had sex with a condom and I washed my vagina the next morning instead of that night. So a couple days after having sex I started itching downstairs and I scratched it because it became unbearable. The next morning I experienced a tender sensation so I thought to check and saw that my vaginal lips and inner vaginal lips had red itchy burning bumps. I thought if I kept cleaning them it would go away.


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Noma 5 weeks ago

Hi my vagina is itching the outside area and sometms ifeel like someone is pitching me with aniddle i have been going to clinic but no change wat can be the problem


afifa khan 6 weeks ago

can you please reply to my comment i am waiting


afifa khan 2 months ago

I have this red pus filled bumps on my labia ( vaginal lips ) I was suffering from this from last 5-6 months , I went to a dermatologist she told me its folliculitis gave me some treatment – I was applying the cream twice daily – then suddenly my entire left lip got swelled up with all pus kind of pimples – I rushed to dermatolist she refered me to gyneac – she asked me to do all kind of tests wondering whether it is any STD – but let me specify I am still virgin – didn’t had sex anytime in my life yet – then I went to some physician – he gave me strong antibiotic dosages – within 5 days everything was curable – and then after 3 months – I am getting those small pimples again on my vagina – which goes off on their own – but I am worried as I am planning to have sex with my partner..can you please help?

My one more concern is my partner has bumps on his testicles – he got it tested – doctor says its by birth and nothing can be done – its is not harmful at all – so should we get intimate or it is a kind of infection which will cause something more severe.

Please do reply whatever you feel like – I am waiting


U Rimportant 2 months ago

If you have ANY concerns about your body, especially your private parts... please get it checked out by a doctor!!!

My Mom didn't get her concerns checked out until she had no choice. By the time she went to the doctor, it was too late. She had sepsis and pasted away a few days after she was hospitalized. I love her & miss her every day.

Please don't be embarrassed to have a doctor check out whatever you have. They've seen it all. Also, they've seen so many body parts, they will not remember yours.

You owe it to your loved ones & yourselves to get the best possible care you can.

Almost anything, if caught early, is treatable. You don't have time to wait!

Love y'all... good luck


Lola 2 months ago

I get pimples in my pubic hair. I have been to multiple doctors and they keep telling me they don't know why. Im in my 60's and haven't had sex for a couple years. These pimples get red and sore and sometimes they break on their own and bleed. I use to only get one at a time but lately it has been 3 or 4. Sometimes I can pop them and puss comes out. Can you please help me???


maiden 3 months ago

hi! last week my friends and i had swam on the beach. the water on the beach was not a very clear bcoz it rained the night b4. and after we had swam i had not washed my vagina thoroughly bcoz we ran out of fresh water. after that incident i started to notice small red bumps that sorrounds my vaginal opening. i quickly washed my vagina when i noticed the bumps. in the first week it was not itchy but 4days ago it started to itch really bad that it distracted me even when i walk, sit, or even when i sleep. the itchiness spread near my annus but the bumps did not spread. i dont know what is going on. the itchiness decreases when i watch my v with clean water but after a few minutes it will come back again. im a virgin so i dont think its STD. what will i do?? pls help me. im embarassed to tell my mom and to go to an ob.


Alisha Gupta 3 months ago

I cut my pubic hair with scissor in very small size (Coz big hair irritates me) & now whenever the hair follicles touch each other, my labia majoras start itching & sometimes becomes fiery! like somebody is pinching me with pin.. It's very ridiculous, when this kind of thing happens in public place.. I have tried hydrocortisone ointment 1%, till the time of usage it is fine! but whenever I go to toilet, after washing the vagina, same irritation starts.. it seems like burning.. It distracts my mind & I just can't concentrate on my work.. mood always remain irritated. Shall i use apple cider vinegar poured in a cotton swab & dab it on the itchy areas? Plz suggest as I dont want to visit a gynaecologist..


Sarah 3 months ago

Okay so I have small bumps on the folds of my vagina kinda. It's hard to explain. And I'm almost certain it's herpes or vagina warts because of the symptoms I read. But the thing about that is that I'm a virgin. And I have no insurance to see a doctor and no money for this type of stuff. Lol. Help!!!


jessica 3 months ago

hi, i have one itchy bump near the opening of my vagina and im really concerned. Its a small bump but it itches , and i had it for almost a month. It doesnt hurt or have any discharge. I am virgin so i dont think its a STD! What should i do?


Lola 3 months ago

Please I need help! I'm 16 and I had sex for the first time 5 days ago and I just started to notice a day or to ago that the inner lip (labia minora) is red, sore, itchy I think like a rash. I'm scared and not so sure what to do. I've tried using canesten (external cream) but it's doing nothing. I'm also on my period at the moment so I can't do much. I think there might be a cut or skin that got ripped that might be there but I'm not so sure. I used protection and the condom was non-latex but we had a lot of trouble trying to insert his penis inside me so he was a bit rough. Oh and he does finger me a lot really hard. Please help!!


skulster 4 months ago

hello mam or sir,In my private part sourrounding red spot and they itching ..

when i wear underwear then by the help of moisture in my private part sourrouding itching started and red spot occurs...plz help me for this query


4 months ago

Hello,

I just discovered a small bump on the inside of my outer labia where my pubic hair grows. It looks like a slightly larger version of the regular bumps in my vaginal skin. It's not red or itchy or painful.

I noticed a similar bump a few months ago and it went away after a few days.

I have experienced some vaginal itchiness, but not exactly where the bump was. I don't shave, but I do use Summer's Eve soap, and wear athletic pants. I'm not sexually active, but I did have unprotected sex once a few years ago.

Could this be latent herpes or warts from that?

Thank you very much!


Cindy 4 months ago

Hi 2 days ago I started getting itchy down there and thought it was normal and it will go away in a day but then it didn't so I decided to see if there's anything down there there's this pearly really close to each other kind of skin on my inner lips it's red the color of my inner lips and it freaked me out I am a virgin and never had any sexual encounter I am 21 by the way


4 months ago

so I've been getting itchy on my inner lips of my labia majora on the sides and when i look between it and labia minora i see white small almost parmesan cheese looking stuff...i don't what it is and im freaking out .....it doesn't itch all the time..i guess it's sort of on and off and sometimes i do get odor in discharge or its a weird color but im really bad at that part because i typically get discharge right before my period too? idk im young please help me understand what is this


helpplease 4 months ago

I am freaking myself out - but currently I am on my period and wearing pads. I woke up with an a rash around my anus as well as on the side of my vulva where my legs attach to my torso (inner thighs near vagina). It is red and there are some bumps. Obviously I look on google and then get all freaked out worrying its herpes or something. I have been working out a lot lately as well- so I wasn't sure if it was like diaper rash (since I am wearing a pad) or what else it could be. Thanks in advance for your help.


margieeeeeeNg 4 months ago

Hi, am 25 and not really sexually active, I have been having to run back to the bathroom after bathing to till wash my virginal for 4 months now and then right after I had intercourse I started to itch and had a burning sting,redish virginal lips with very tiny blisters @d lips of my virginal, I can't wear pads or panties cause it hurts so much what can dis be


5 months ago

so i shaved my vagina hairs and there are itchy pimples on it. ( i know they are pimples because they look like them) and i think its cuz the razor was dirty or something. should i put cortizone or something on them?


Lexi212 5 months ago

Hi,

About 2 days ago I noticed one single small bump on my inner labia minora. It's painless, no itch or anything. This is the first time this has happened to me and I'm not sure what it is or what to think. It doesn't have a whitehead or look like it can be popped. Should I be worried? Will it eventually go away on its own?


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Thank you so much for your kind comment Evane!

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Love,

This sounds like vaginal acne. Please follow the instructions above to treat this condition most effectively.

Best of luck to you.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi B,

This is likely due to a change in your vaginal pH levels, and not cause for concern. To maintain steady pH levels be sure not to wash the area with soap, do not douche, and eat a healthy diet.

Best of luck to you.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi jas,

Well, the good news is this does not sound at all like an STD, but instead the hypersensitivity of the nerves in the vagina. Try to avoid tight clothing, and only wear cotton underwear to help decrease the sensitivity.

Best of luck to you.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi hmr2016,

This is likely caused from underwear friction rubbing against your thigh. Add hot compresses numerous times daily followed by dabbing the bumps with hydrogen peroxide. This will relieve the itching, and increase healing time drastically.

Best of luck to you.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi kits,

Were you tested for genital warts as well? What you are describing sounds exactly like them. One way to tell at home if in fact you do have genital warts is to apply plain vinegar to the entire area. Even if bumps are not present, the area will display white spots after the vinegar is applied if indeed you do have this condition. I hope this helps!

All the best to you.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello tammy,

Soap can cause all sorts of problems when used on the vaginal area, including leaving itchy bumps like you've described. The best thing you can do to shorten their duration is cleanse the area at least three times daily with plain water. Be sure to dry it thoroughly, then and add a 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide mixture to the affected area, and let it air dry. By following this regime, the bumps should begin to clear up within 24-hours.

I wish you all the best.

Rachael


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liladybugz26 5 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Flamingo97,

These pink bumps you are describing are likely not herpes bumps, but instead razor or friction bumps as you suspected.

It is very difficult to transmit genital herpes from the vagina to the mouth, then back to a vagina, due to the acidic environment inside of the mouth.

Your bumps will likely clear up in a few days. to speed the healing make sure to keep the area clean, and apply a hypoallergenic lotion.

I wish you the best.

Rachael


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Evane 5 months ago

Oh wow! I didn't know there is acne and wart in vagina until I read this article. Surely very enlightening and informative! Great hub!


Love 5 months ago

I have multiple bums around my thigh and one side of my vaginal they look like pimples but they don't hurt when I touch them or in general I pop them and all they do is bleed.. They don't affect me they just look ugly and I want them to go away they come in go they get bad when I shave. Down there I work in pennie hoes please help me


7 months ago

on Tuesday I had a discharge with a smell which lasted only on that day, later that day I discovered a bump on my vagina near the back. Now on Friday I checked on the bump and its smaller. Also when I let my hair grow I feel itchy. This is about the second time that happens, should I be worried? If it helps the last time I was active was about 5 months ago.


jas 8 months ago

hi, lately I've been itchy down there & uncomfortable to walk in jeans, I'm 17 & sexually active with my boyfriend. I used to shave frequently but stop & let the hairs grow out. I get a weird feeling down there at sertain time, like a needle poking me. I've looked down there but see no bumps, what could this mean??


hmr2016 10 months ago

Okay, I have a single bump on my pubic area. (Almost on my inner thigh) Its just one bump by itself that is bleeding out this kind of blood tinted liquid. Its rather small. Smaller than a pencil eraser. Its painful and itchest and the skin underneath the bump is hard. The bump seems to bleed or leak whatever it is at all times and it won't pop like a pimple because that's what I thought it was at first. Any ideas? I'm beyond lost and just want to get rid of it being this painful.


kits 10 months ago

In the last 6 months I have had very painful intercourse. At first I thought it was a change in birth control causing dryness since it felt like I was being ripped when he entered. I have also been feeling itchiness and some inflammation after sex. I used to get yeast infections when in high school since I was a competitive swimmer and constantly in wet swimsuits but those were unbareable and caused itchiness all over. But now I have developed a very localized itch and pain on the right lower outside of the vagina opening. If i feel where it itches there is slightly raised skin and it feels a bit dry and sore to touch. Any visible bump is pin sized and appears to be slightly white like a pore or sweat gland under the skin. I cannot pop it and it is very very small.

PS. Same boyfriend for 5 years. Have been tested for yeast syph chlamyd hpv at last gyno visit right after painful sex started. She believed it was just dryness but I did not have outer redness or localized itching at the time


tammy 11 months ago

Hello everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice on my recent vaginal changes.

I had let my pubic hair grow out for a week or two and I was freshening myself up with a razor and I used a TON of soap down there. I didn't know before hand that this is seriously not recommended, and immediately after I got out of the shower I started to notice itchiness.

Shortly after that I had intercourse and my muscles near the opening of my vagina were extremely tight, it was quite painful. The next day my labias were still very red and the tightness had loosened some. The third day the redness is still fading, there is no more tightness, but now I have noticed small bumps.

They are in my pubic hair region above my labias, and one the outer edge of the vagina. The itchiness had never faded since this happened and I scratched. The bumps aren't next to each other, are very small, red, and only one of them had a head with some sort of substance in it. I gently popped it and the fluid did not look like pus, just clear. What can I expect this to be, and when might it go away? How can I help it heal faster? Thank you for any feedback.


Flamingo97 11 months ago

The guy I've been messing around with has only been oral with one other girl(but she is a hoe) He went down on me a couple weeks ago. And I've noticed these little bumps. They are pink and they don't itch. I'm just worried it might be herpes. I think it might be razor burn but they have been here for a few weeks now.


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liladybugz26 11 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Kim,

Please check your email for my response. Thank you and good luck!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 11 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Anna,

These bumps are not typical of herpes; however, I am concerned that the bumps may be vaginal warts (HPV). Vaginal warts often appear in clusters or lines, and are flesh colored. Since you are not experiencing any unusual discharge it likely is not caused from a pH imbalance; however, if you have been using pads this could cause bumps, but not typically in a strait line.

Please have these bumps checked out by your Ob/Gyn to either confirm or exclude vaginal warts. If it is vaginal warts they are highly contagious, and if left untreated can even cause cancer.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Good luck to you Anna.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 11 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello am,

This is likely a reaction from new detergent, using soap in the area, or a change in your pH levels. The bump will likely go away on its own within a few days. Please let me know if it doesn't, or if you have any other questions. Good luck to you am.

Best,

Rachael


Kim 12 months ago

A few days ago I began getting itchy, and uncomfortable "down there", and my mother said it could be a yeast infection. I got Canesten, and it has really helped. I am worried though because I am supposed to start my period next week, I am on the pill and I am sexually active. I began to notice discharge that was a orange/red tint, and of course the powder from the Canesten pill that came out in my liner. It's been two days, and today I noticed again, the discoloured discharge on my underwear (almost like a rust colour) I don't know if this is blood, or what. I also noticed a red, flat, almost skin coloured bump/lump right near the opening of my vagina. It doesn't itch or hurt, should I be worried?


Anna 12 months ago

Hi

I just wanted to add, that today I figured out why the bumps are in a straight line: they're placed where my labia minora 'closes', so where it touches the other one, which makes me think even more that it's a ph imbalance.

I'm still pretty worried, seeing that the bumps do seem to go in my vagina, or at least in the beginning of the opening.

Let me know what you think? And thanks in advance!


Anna 12 months ago

Hi,

About four weeks ago I had unprotected sex. About a week ago I started noticing very tiny bumps going in a straight line from my vagina to my labia minora. It also burns a bit and itches. In the beginning I was looking for hours on the internet what it could be, and I feared it might be herpes. But then I came across some of your answers, that explained that pads and ph imbalance can cause bumps as well. About the day before I noticed the bumps I was wearing a pad and it was a bit wet with urine. So i think this might have caused a ph imbalance. What do you think? Does it sound more like herpes?

The bumps haven't popped and are flesh-coloured and don't seem to have any fluid in them. It's sort of hard to describe them, seeing I can barely see them. I can mostly just feel them and see that there is a rough patch in a straight line on my labia minora.

The bumps concern me, because of the placement and also the fact that they go in a straight line.

Could you maybe give me some advice? I'm currently on an exchange, so I will go to my doctor when I get back. (I just need some advise, so I stop spending my time googling my symptoms)


am 12 months ago

Hi!

The lips of my outer vagina (if... that description makes sense?) have been itching like mad for the past few days- I took a look at it today and there's a red spot, about the size of a mosquito bite. It doesn't hurt, just itches, and there doesn't seem to be anything inside- and it won't pop (even after I've applied a hot compress). There's only one, and I'm a virgin so I doubt that it's a STD. Any ideas?

-Nikki


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello NJgirl,

This doesn't sound like an STD, and as it sounds, you are 13 and not sexually active. What you are describing is likely a boil or ingrown hair.

Place a very warm water compress (washcloth) on the bump multiple times per day to soften it up. It should pop on its own within three days of applying compresses.

If this does not work, please post another comment and let me know, and I will be more than happy to walk-through other options with you. Best of luck to you!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello c,

This sounds exactly like molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that is usually painless, and is spread by direct contact with a contaminated object like towels, clothing or sexual contact. It can last from two months to four years. A prescription or surgical treatments is available, but not necessary.

The virus can survive on surfaces that are touched by the skin of a person with the virus. The virus also transfers to other parts of your body when it is touched by the contagious area.

If you are not planning on treating this and letting it run its course and you become sexually active again please see a physician for treatment so it does not spread to your partner.

I hope I was able to help you c, and wish you the best of luck. If you have any additional questions, or I didn't answer your question fully, please let me know in the comments. Also, please keep me updated!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello LuisaVenus,

These do sound like herpes bumps. Herpes bumps are very different from any other kind of bump because they break open. Please see your Ob/Gyn for an official diagnoses and medication. Best of luck to you!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello horsegirl94,

I am sorry to deliver this news to you, but the rash like bumps you are describing sound identical to herpes bumps. Herpes begins as small bumps, and are often clustered like a rash. With time, herpes bumps break open and form what is a scab like crust on top of them.

I highly urge you to see you Ob/Gyn for an official diagnoses and medication. Please update me if you have time, and any further questions are welcomed. Best of luck to you.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Hailee,

These bumps are likely caused from a pH imbalance. When a pH imbalance in this region occurs, it is not easy to stop its effects unless a specific regimen is followed.

The quickest way to restore the pH is to apply an over-the-counter medicine such as repHresh to the vagina and the effected area. If money is a concern, you may also irrigate the area (including the vagina) with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is very effective at restoring the pH, but it does take about a month for the balance to fully restore.

I hope this helped. If you have any additional questions please let me know. Good luck to you!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 12 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello kaseylanes,

Can you please describe the texture of the bumps, and at what rate they became larger? Thanks!

Best,

Rachael


NJgirl 13 months ago

I am a 13 year old virgin but lately I've had a very small red bump on the external part of my vagina. The underwear I wear is tight around that area so maybe thats a reason but IDK. It's been bothering me for a few days so what is it and how do I treat it?


LuisaVenus 14 months ago

Hi, I have been experiencing some slight discomfort on my mons pubis area. There are a few pimple like bumps appearing and they do come and go. I will usually wash it and it will pop on its own after 2 or 3 days and heal but after a few days new ones will appear. Its almost a month and i dont know whats happening. Is it herpes or just rashes.. Hope you can help me out...


horsegirl94 14 months ago

I'm in a relationship and both my partner and I have been faithful to each other. Recently I have noticed very itchy, small, red, bumps around the part of my vagina closer to my behind. I have never had this happen before, I am not necessarily in pain unless I scratch them too hard. PLEASE HELP!! I am freaking out. They seem as though they are sores but in a rash sort of way. The location of the bumps makes me think that it may be from friction or tight clothing but I think it is more than that.


Hailee 14 months ago

I have had these itchy, rash-looking, under-the-skin sort of bumps that get irritated if i touch my vagina a lot. They're right by the entrance to the vagina. There's discharge here and there, too. They have been there for a few months now, and I have been foolish to not inform my mom to take me to the doctor's, but I'm really just embarrassed about the whole subject. I've been trying to figure out what's wrong online but no pictures or descriptions seem to match what is happening down there. I have never had sexual contact with anyone, though I'm sure there are ways I could have gotten something without having intercourse. These areas aren't always itchy or irritated, but they have been there for months now and it's scaring the hell out of me. Thought it was a yeast infection but it's been there for much longer than yeast infections stick around. I know I need to go to the doctor's, but I'd like to know if anyone has a clue as to what may be wrong with me? Any info or advice would be super great.


kaseylanes 14 months ago

i have large swollen lumps around my vagina theyre itchy and painful it makes it hard to sit, walk, or even sleep ive had a yeast infection before and i know that this is not a yeast infection theyre not small bumps either i had sex with a boy maybe one or two weeks ago but they didnt apear until yesterday so i dont know if those two are connected please help im pretty worried


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liladybugz26 14 months ago from Cambridge Author

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Please feel free to ask any questions related to vaginal bumps, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Special note to readers: Please feel free to assist me in answering any questions you may know the answer to. Thank you all so much for your continued support, and for helping to make this article and comment forum a success!

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liladybugz26 14 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Texasgirl,

This could be a reaction to the tampons or pads used during your menstrual cycle. Try to switch the brand of tampons/pads that you're using to see if that helps.

As to the bumps on your breast, please see a physician for a diagnoses. They are likely pimples, but bumps on the breasts are nearly impossible to attempt a diagnoses online.

Good luck to you Texasgirl! Please feel free to respond with any additional questions.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 14 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Michelle,

From what you have described, you have nothing to worry about. This sounds very typical of a simple vaginal pimple, and not an STD. I know it is easy to worry when a bump reoccurs, but as your physician explained, if it were an STD it would last much longer than 5 days. Any STD that may have a shorter life appears in a much different form than you've described.

Please follow the guidelines above for treating vaginal pimples. Try not to worry when it comes back, but if you can't help but fear, take a photo of it to show your Ob/Gyn so he/she can confirm it's a pimple, and relieve your nerves.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask anytime.

Best of luck to you Michelle!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 14 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Nana424,

This doesn't sound like an STD, and as it sounds, you are 13 and not sexually active. What you are describing is likely a boil or ingrown hair.

Place a very warm water compress (washcloth) on the bump multiple times per day to soften it up. It should pop on its own within three days of applying compresses.

If this does not work, please post another comment and let me know, and I will be more than happy to walk-through other options with you.

Good luck to you Nana424!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 14 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello blcleg,

Using soap on/near the genital area is a huge culprit of vaginal bumps. The bumps are caused from the soap washing away the normal flora in your vagina. This causes a pH imbalance, which creates the bumps.

Be sure to discontinue any soap use in this area, and wash only with plain water. It may take a couple of months for the pH balance to return to normal. There are over-the-counter products on the market that speed up the pH normalization process including one product called "RepHresh" http://www.rephresh.com/. It can be purchased at your local drugstore or Walmart.

If you have any further questions please feel free post them anytime. Good luck to you blcleg!

Best,

Rachael


Texasgirl 15 months ago

I just started my cycle and I have burning and itching. The bumps are on the outside of the vagina opening. I also have a couple of sore spots that showed up on one of my breast on the areola.


Michelle 15 months ago

I'm not sure how active this thread still is, but I have a question regarding a vaginal bump. I had unprotected sex with a man I met in another country. About six weeks later, a pimple-like bump appeared on the inside of my outer labia. I freaked out and went to a doctor. It was about 5 days later that I got an appointment, and by the time I saw the doctor the bump was gone. She told me it couldn't be anything serious if it went away that quickly on it's own. That was a bit of a relief, but ever since I've been paranoid. It's been about a year and a half since then, and I still am always checking for bumps. And since then, I've had about 4 more exactly the same, but at different times. So I get one bump. Looks like a pimple. Within a week, it's completely gone. One of the last ones I had, I touched it and it looked like some white stuff came out. Not really puss, but maybe plaque? I know that wouldn't happen with anything like genital warts... I have a physical booked with my own doctor in about a month. But in the mean time, it would be nice to get someone else's opinion. Sometimes they are a little painful, but for the most part, I probably wouldn't notice them unless I was looking for them... which I always am, now. So I don't know if I'm just being paranoid ever since that one sexual encounter, or if it's something more serious. I'm getting tired of thinking about it every day, though. Ever since then, I also haven't shaved down there, thinking it may have just been an ingrown hair or something. But considering I'm still getting them from time to time, and there's no irritation from shaving, I really don't know what it is.


blcleg 16 months ago

About a month ago I tried a new soap and ended up getting a major infection from it. It cleared up and I got my period about a week after. Everything was normal, no itching, no discharge. Once my period ended the itching came back and now there are small bumps around my vagina. They are extremely itchy. I had sex with a condom. Is it possible they are an std or something else?


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Ec,

These skin colored, skin tag looking strips of skin are actually the remnants of the hymen. When the hymen breaks (also known as the "cherry popping"), often times it does not tear away from the skin. Many cases of hymen remnants wear away over time with penetration. Childbirth is also another known factor in the elimination of these; although, not always. Sometimes, thick strips of hymen remnants will remain for a lifetime.

In some cases where the hymen is very long or irritating a woman may choose to have it removed by a physician. But, this is uncommon, and typically not necessary.

It may seem embarrassing, but trust me - more women than not have these hymen remnants, including me.

Here are some interesting hymen facts: http://www.pinkpleasureplace.com/anatomy/female-ex...

Good luck to you Ec! Please feel free to ask any additional questions.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Kaye796,

You are correct, this does not at all sound like an STD. If you do not have eczema on other areas of your body, this is likely not the case either however.

Another condition that mimics the appearance of eczema bumps are allergy/sensitivity bumps and irritations, which is what I suspect you are dealing with. It is often difficult to determine the exact source of this irritation or allergy; however, there are several things you can do to cure this condition by eliminating the use of certain items.

1. Be sure to NEVER use soap on the vaginal area. This is a very common cause of bumps, irritations, and pH imbalances. Only cleanse the area with plain water (3x daily until the irritation is cleared up).

2. Change your laundry soap brand. Laundry soaps are also notorious for triggering such bumps.

3. Do not wear underwear, or be sure the underwear you are wearing are only cotton. The highest level of bacteria on your body is on the genital region, and underwear only increases the level of negative bacteria found here. It's best to wear no underwear at all so air freely flows prohibiting high volumes of "bad" bacteria to grow. If you feel you must wear underwear, be sure they are 100% cotton, as this is the most breathable form of cloth.

In the unlikely event that the above suggestions do not begin to work in three days, please see your Ob/Gyn to ensure this is not eczema, or a pH imbalance caused irritation.

Best of luck to you Kaye796!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Brooke,

It is not at all uncommon for a bump or bumps to appear on/near the vaginal area during menstruation.

There are a couple of reasons why this happens. The most common reason is the body's sensitivity to feminine pads or tampons. Try to change brands to see if the bump no longer returns. The second reason is your body reacting directly to the menstrual flow. Be sure to keep the area clean and dry during your period, and change feminine products more frequently to avoid overwhelming the area with a great amount of menstrual flow.

If you have any further questions, please let me know. Also, please update us and let us know if the above suggestions worked! I love to hear updates.

Good luck to you Brooke!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Samantha,

Are these bumps clustered together? Multiple clustered bumps are more typical of an STD, and you should have them examined if this is the case.

If the bumps are more spread out it is more than likely some form of acne or allergy. Try changing your laundry soap, avoid non-cotton underwear, and never use soap in this region.

You can wash the area with plain water three times daily, and follow the cleansing by applying hypoallergenic lotion. If within three days the bumps do not begin to clear, please see your Ob/Gyn to rule out an STD. Good luck to you Samantha!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Shari,

Can you please provide me more details about these bumps? For instance, you mentioned they get larger and smaller. Do they get larger under certain circumstances such as menstruation or exercise? Also, are these bumps continuous, and do they "pop" as they get smaller?

Thank you for providing more details.

Sincerely,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 16 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Commenters,

I apologize for being absent, and unavailable to answer your questions recently. I will try to get them in the next day or two.

I also would like to invite and encourage other readers to assist me in answering any questions you feel able to answer. This will help introduce more dialogue, and would assist me greatly since I have been struggling with fatigue from an autoimmune disease.

Thank you so much for your help, patience, and for adding to this article for continued success!

Sincerely,

Rachael


Ec 17 months ago

Hi.

So I shaved down there this morning, and a couple of hours afterwards I have noticed around 5 small pimple looking spots come up on just one side of my vagina flap. This made me panic enough but then I found a very large, skin tag like flap of skin lower down, outside my vagina. It looks like it's barely attached, is the exact colour of my skin and is really odd. None of the above are itching or are uncomfortable, but I'm terrified as I've never had anything like this before. I should mention I have been with my partner over a year, I have been tested for the usual since being with him, and we have both been faithful throughout.

I'm really embarrassed about going to my dr. Could this be a shaving reaction? I did use a different cream for it today. As for the flap of skin what on earth could that be??


Kaye796 17 months ago

Maybe someone here can give me an answer because I'm starting to worry. About a week ago, give or take, I began to notice a persistent, awful itch on both the right and left side of my vaginal opening. That is to say, not the labia, but the actual skin on both sides. It's red and patchy, and almost looks rash like. The closest picture of the above to what I have is the eczema, but I'm still not certain. The itch has actually toned itself down without the use of creams in the last couple of days but the rash is still there and still itches. Now the itch is bad but not as bad. However, the rash appears slightly worse than it was before, but I only took a mirror down there to examine it a couple of days ago, after I got curious if there was something down there causing it. Other than then red rashy bumpy patches, I've no other symptoms. There has been no discharge save for my usual, colorless, odorless discharge, no unusual situations in or around my privates other than the above mentioned. If anyone has any idea what might be going on with me please drop me a line. If I can save a trip to the doctor that would be great. I should mention I'm certain it's not an STD or STI because I'm not and never have been sexually active.


Brooke 19 months ago

I get a redish bump in the same spot every period i have on the right lip of my vagina it doesnt really hurt or itch and goes away a few days after it appears.


Samantha 19 months ago

I have had a few itchy red bumps in the right side of my vaginal lips for months. The itching comes and goes. I am sexually active. Any ideas on what this could be?


Shari 19 months ago

I have 2 raised areas on the vulva that feels like a small bite. These 2 areas itch off and on. Get smaller and become bigger. Whay do i need to do?


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liladybugz26 19 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Sara,

This is very common with lengthy tampon or pad usage, and what you are experiencing is likely a reaction from using the tampons for an extended period of time. This region is very sensitive, and similar to using pads, tampons can be just as much of an irritant, especially when used continuously for a lengthy period of time.

If you are still menstruating I'd suggest to switch the brand of tampon you are using, and as uncomfortable as it may be, try to use a pad instead for a portion of the day so the area can heal.

Please do not use any lotions, soap or other products to try and speed up the healing. Since these bumps are located at the vaginal opening, products that may help bumps on other regions of the genital area, will likely cause an infection or a pH imbalance when used here.

These bumps will clear up on their own, and typically are short lived. If they are still there three days following the last date you use a tampon or pad, please let me know and we can discuss this further. Please let me know if you have any more questions or concerns, or to leave a post about how this all turns out for you in the end. I'd love to hear! Good luck to you Sara.

Best,

Rachael


Sara 19 months ago

Ok so I'm coming off of the depo shot and so I have been bleeding for almost 2 months now and so I'm kinda sore from using tapins for so long. But I just had to look to see what all was going on and I notice 3 bumps they don't burn or itch all the time just when I pee I feel a little discomfort that's it. They are on the opening of my vaginia. What could this be?


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liladybugz26 19 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Hailli,

Could you please describe to me what the bumps look like, ie: their size and appearance, and if they themself contain any fluid. This could be two different things (both benign), but I need more details before I can narrow it down. I will be sure to respond quickly.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 19 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Gugu,

Antibiotics often cause yeast infections in women, and this sounds like it is the case for you as well. It is different than thrush, and needs to be treated with an anti-fungal cream such as Monistat, which can be purchased over the counter. Once you begin the treatment the infection will clear up within one to two days.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask. Good luck to you Gugu!

Best,

Rachael


Gugu 19 months ago

Hi, I have been taking Augmentin antibiotics for my bladder infection about a month back and within a week I experienced itching and irritation followed with think discharge, not smelly thou. Now I have been taking Augmaxcil antibiotics for my tooth. The irritation, itch and discharge have become unbearable. I for Medaspor viginal cream form the pharmacy thinking I could be experiencing thrush. I have only applied the cream twice using an applicator. Am I correct to assume I have viginal thrush/yeast from the antibiotics and if so how long should I continue using this cream and when should I see results? Kindly assist.

By the way, I am in South Africa


hailli 20 months ago

Hi there. I have noticed a few itchy bumbs along my panty line. They are red and they almost looked like pimples. There was little discharge and did not hurt but they now itch. I'm a figure skater so often I am in tight clothes and do work out on a regular basis so I'm not sure if it just from sweat or maybe something else?


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Anna,

This sounds like it is likely a small boil. Boils are very common in this area, are typically not itchy, and contain fluid.

To remove the boil with the least amount of pain as possible you can soak it with a very, very warm cloth for 10-minutes. If it is soft enough at this point it should pop rather easily. If not, keep soaking for an additional 10 minutes until it is soft enough. After it pops, be sure to apply peroxide to avoid an infection.

I hope this helps, let me know if there are more details I should know about, and if this works! Best of luck to you Anna!

Best,

Rachael


A4414 20 months ago

Hi,

Just today i noticed a single bump on the outside of my vagina near the thigh. Its about the size of a pea, looks like some fluid is inside. It doesn't hurt and it doesn't itch and I don't have any discharge. Any idea what it is?

Anna


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Tessa,

Do the spots appear in circular blotches? If so, this may not be eczema at all, but rather ringworm, which is a very common fungus. If it is as I'm suspecting it can be treated with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream.

If I am off base, could you please describe to me more in detail what the spots look like? Are they raised, how big are they, their texture etc.

Thanks Tessa! Best of luck to you, and hope to hear back from you soon.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

You guys are full of challenging questions this week!

Hello Elizabeth,

I'd suggest using a cotton ball soaked in tea tree oil, and applying it to the bumps three or more times per day. Tea tree oil is a fantastic alternative remedy for either razor burn bumps, or vaginal acne. You can also use it for dry hair and sunburns (amongst it's many uses), which are great reasons to tell your parents you need it if you are not comfortable discussing this with them.

You can purchase a small bottle of tea tree oil on Amazon, or at brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart or Walgreens for about $5.

Please let me know how it works for you, and respond with any other questions or comments. Best of luck!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Amber,

I feel terrible that you were assaulted, and are experiencing this still.

Can you please tell me what the bump feels or looks like? Is it near your panty line?

Looking forward to your reply.

Best,

Rachael


Hi, I'm Elizabeth 20 months ago

I'm not sexually active or anything. Umm, I've asked a couple people about the red bumps. They just say its razor burn, but the bumps don't go away. Kinda looks like acne. Even though everything I googled doesn't look like what I have. They itch every now and then. I just want to get rid of them.


Amber 20 months ago

Hello, after being sexually assaulted a few years ago I begain having an intense itching sensation. It is always in the same spot on my labia majora, Almost to where my labia meets my butt cheek but closer to my leg than my organs. no blister, no cluster, just one spot that itches and is painful to the touch if I scratch too much. sometimes I do get a tingling sensation.


Tessa 20 months ago

Hello, I have eczema but I've noticed how I've had the little not necessarily bumps, but more like red spots and it kind of looks like the eczema on my hand and it doesn't really itch anymore, but it's just making me curious. Do you have any idea of what it could be? And is there a way to get it to go away?


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Again Maria,

No thanks is needed as I am grateful that I can help, and you are always most welcome!

You absolutely can develop cystic acne in and around the vaginal area. As I mentioned above, acne is one of the other bumps that excretes fluid and pus. Now that you've explained that you have struggled with this in other areas, I am almost 100% certain that this is the cause of your bump.

You can follow the above regimen that I described to clear up this bump as well. The peroxide should be very effective. Again, please feel free to comment anytime, and let me know how it works!

Best,

Rachael


maria 20 months ago

Thank you Rachael! After reading my original post I realized I did not describe it in full and wanted to provide you with more information. I have long (10+ years) suffered from severe acne, diagnosed about 6 years ago with cystic acne and that's what this resembles. My face has been clear for about a year now, occasional break out around the same the bump will develop if it does..my back and chest are still infected. Could I get cystic acne down there? I appreciate you so quickly responding to my posts!


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello again Maria,

Thank you for providing a greater description of the bump. The more you explain it, it sounds more common to a folliculitis bump, and not herpes. Not many bumps excrete fluid or pus other than folliculitis, in fact, it is very rare for other bumps to do so with the exception of folliculitis and a severe acne bump.

My best suggestion to you is to is to place a very warm compress on it several times a day, followed by a warm water cleansing. After this, you may apply hydrogen peroxide to it if the bump has popped and is open. This will prevent it from returning.

Please feel free to leave any further questions or comments, and let me know if the above works.

Best,

Rachael


maria 20 months ago

I would like to add that this bump has never resembled anything that is classified as herpes. The bump is always in the same area, my upper labia minora near clitoris, and has never been more than one. As I said in the last post, it is like a small ball when it is pinched between two fingers and it's painful. Never burning or itchy.


maria 20 months ago

Hi again Rachael!

The bump typically lasts about a week, sometimes only a few days. I had popped it the second day I had it. I have popped it before a lot of times further into its course and pus and blood were still extracted. I don't know the exact size I would say it's less than 1 mm and never has it changed form. The best way I can describe it is that it feels like a tiny ball. When I touch from both sides.


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Maria,

Since this bump is recurrent, and comes just before your period nearly every month, I'm inclined to think this may be a herpes bump. Depending at which stage the lesions are at, a herpes bump that is popped may contain blood, fluid and possibly even pus.

As the article states, 85% of people with the herpes virus do not know they have it. Herpes is such a sneaky virus. It can take weeks, months to years to show itself after it is contracted. It also may take many forms on different people. Some people may notice small clustered bumps, while another person only has one recurrent bump.

I would have this bump tested for herpes. If the bump is not present when you see your Ob/Gyn a blood test can determine if indeed it is herpes. I wish I had other news on this bump for you, and in this case I hope I am wrong. If you have any other details about the bump ie: how long it lasts, size, does it change form etc., I will be able to give you a better indication on what it is, but based on the information you have provided, herpes is the only bump that comes to mind for what you are experiencing.

Please keep me posted, and feel free to ask any further questions or leave a comment. I wish you the best of luck Maria!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 20 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Lauren,

This bump is most likely caused from molluscum which has the smooth, flat and red characteristics that you are describing. Sometimes they will pit in the middle, and grow a core, but not always. This is a virus that is quite contagious, and is spread by sexual contact, or by your skin directly touching an inanimate object that has been touched by another person with the virus.

This bump will clear up in typically 6-12 months on its own, but please remember that is very contagious. If you are having sex it is very important to have it treated sooner by a physician to prevent it from spreading. A physician may treat this in many ways including prescribing a topical cream or oral medication, or removal by laser therapy.

If you have any additional questions, comments or concerns please don't hesitate to ask anytime. Good luck to you Lauren!

Best,

Rachael


maria 20 months ago

Hello,

Many times, but not all the time, about a week before my period, I get one single small bump on my labia that is painful when touched. This month I had one and I popped it, to which fluid and some blood was extracted. The next day I developed a smaller bump near vaginal opening and it is also painful but not as big. I have no itchiness and no discharge. I am sexual active with my husband.


Lauren 21 months ago

Hi! I have a red smooth spot on my outer vaginal lip. It is about the size of a dime. It itches randomly and then subsides for a few days, but it gets irritated when scratched and seems raised. It is only one single spot and has not oozed or spread. What could it be?


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liladybugz26 21 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Dusty,

HPV bumps do not contain fluid or pus. The bump you are describing is likely a pimple, or possibly folliculitis, and is not contagious.

If you have any further questions regarding treatment for this, or any other concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Best of Luck,

Rachael


Dusty 21 months ago

I have a reddish bump on my vulva that developed a whitehead on it at one point after trying to treat it with an antibiotic ointment, which I popped and pus came out just like with a pimple. There's another bump about the same size near it but not touching. They both itch but aren't painful. Are they just pimples or could it be HPV?


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Please disregard the term vaginosis in the instructions for the peroxide and RepHresh above and replace it with vaginitis. Thanks. :)


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Lacey,

The bumps you are experiencing have the characteristics of vaginitis bumps. Vaginitis can be caused by a variety a things including bacteria, yeast and viruses. My suspicion in your case is that something has disrupted your normal vaginal pH balance which is causing an instability in the bacteria that is normally present in the vagina.

Vaginal pH is the measure of acidity in the vagina. The lower the pH the more acidic the environment is. A lower pH level indicates the presence of "good bacteria", otherwise known as your normal flora. The good bacteria that are present in the vagina such as Lactobacilli, produce hydrogen peroxide which keeps the good and bad bacteria in the vagina stable, and prevents other microorganisms from growing. These good bacteria are maintained by the acidic environment.

A higher pH balance indicates alkalinity. When the alkalinity increases the vaginal pH becomes unstable and imbalanced. This causes the bad bacteria to destroy the good bacteria. Many things can cause the pH to become disrupted including washing the vagina with soap, douching and taking antibiotics. A number of things may happen once the pH is disrupted including vaginitis.

There are a couple of things you can do to restore the pH balance which will eliminate the vaginitis and the bumps caused from it:

-Irrigate the vagina with 30ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide one time every evening for 3-months to completely eliminate recurrent bacterial vaginosis, and prevent it from returning (you need to purchase a douche at a pharmacy for the irrigation). This also helps to calm the itch. The following study has found this to be more effective than using antibiotic vaginal creams because it also restores the ph balance to the vagina. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

-I also suggest purchase RepHresh Ph balancing vaginal gel from a pharmacy, and applying it in the morning. Use it for twelve days. You only need to use one application every three days since that's how long one application lasts. This helps to restore the vaginal ph more quickly, and help fight the vaginosis as well. It costs about $20. Here is there website for more information: http://www.rephreshgel.com/.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me anytime. I look forward to hearing how the above solutions work for you. Please keep me updated!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Megan,

You sure can. You can find my email address here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota...

I will not be able to respond until tomorrow however, but I look forward to your message, and will look for it in the morning.

Best,

Rachael


Lacey 22 months ago

Any opinions/advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. For around 3 months I have been getting these small red/pink spots (occasionally raised) on my labia majora. They cover the majority of it and are not limited to one particular spot/area. I have had them pretty consistently for the past 3 months. They are usually less itchy & irritated the week after my period but by the second week of the month I am back to itchy/irritated again. I have a few bumps that are more on my bikini line (different sides) that are raised & more brown. They are not itchy or painful. 90% of the red spots I have never raise or form to anything. A couple of the red spots on my labia majora are centralized around a hair follicle. If I mess with them, they react exactly like an ingrown hair (I squeeze and the piece of hair comes out with the clear colored root around it). After I have gotten the hair follicle out they will somewhat scale over but that seems to be from me irritating it more than a reaction that is just happening. I have never noticed a blister or had any type of bump inside my vagina or located on my inner lips. I have the red spots/bumps now and have no temperature or swollen lymph nodes from what I can tell. I would not say the bumps ever “break open” before healing because I pretty much have them all the time.

I previously (before the bumps started happening) went to the gyno for my annual and they said I had HPV but not the kind that would cause warts. I complained of a dull sharp pain or random dull itching that I would feel inside my vagina and he gave me a prescription that helped. I still randomly experience it though. I would say I have minimal discharge but if I do it’s a white/very light yellow color. I have been with my boyfriend for 8 months and we both were tested at the beginning of our relationship and came back negative for STDs (we were tested for genital herpes but I don’t think they test mouth herpes which I guess could be transferred to genitalia).

thanks for any information.


Megan 22 months ago

Is there a way for me to speak to you privately?


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Tivi,

After acquiring vaginal herpes its reoccurance is triggered by certain events which include menstruation and stress. Herpes takes on a different appearance in people, and may appear in clusters, or as a single bump. They range in size, and can have the appearance of pimples or blisters. In most cases these bumps pop causing them to scab over. This can happen anywhere from three or four days and up to two weeks after the bumps appear .

Many people who have herpes experience a prodrome. This prodrome includes a tingling or a painful sensation up the back of the legs and/or the genital area. This is a warning sign that the virus is about to erupt. After the bumps appear, a lot of women also experience a heavier amount of vaginal discharge. The bumps can be very painful, and are extremely itchy.

In response to your specific case I can not tell you if this is herpes because I do not have enough details to properly categorize it. Herpes is triggered by menstruation, and it is not uncommon for the bumps to appear as you described them. What I do not know is if your bumps break open before healing. If they do not, it is most likely not herpes. If they do, the virus is in play.

If you are still left in wonder after the above information please submit more details to me and I will help to determine exactly what is going on. If you have any other questions, please feel free to message me anytime. I also love to hear updates! Please keep me posted.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Thank you for the kind compliment Ahsan! I am glad you found my article useful.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 22 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello FreyjaS,

This sounds like folliculitis, which is a bump or bumps caused by a blocked hair follicle on or around the vagina.

To encourage faster healing of these bumps hydrogen peroxide may be applied directly to them. Also be sure to the area clean with an antibacterial soap. Antibacterial soap is also the best preventative measure to keep them from coming back as well. Just be sure to only wash the outer genital area with the soap, and not your vagina, or you will end up with additional complications caused from an unstable pH balance.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to ask anytime. I wish you the best of luck FreyjaS!

Best,

Rachael


Tivi 23 months ago

Hi if you suspect that you might have Genital Herpes because you get a cluster of white head bumps just before you menstruate but the bumps doesn't show up every month like your period. There are no ulcers, no sores lasting for weeks or swollen glands is it really Genital Herpes?


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Ahsan Masoodani 23 months ago from hyderabad pakistan

Hey bro, I think this hub can very useful for others. thans my dear friend for sharing nice work


FreyjaS 23 months ago

Around my vaginal area there is a single white bump. It hurts to the touch, but it itches at the same time. The other day it popped and all that came out was blood. I have longer pubic hair and I think it may be from that, but I'm not sure. I get them every once in a while and I've always been curious what they are. I am a virgin.


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liladybugz26 23 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Madison,

Warts on the hands are a different virus than genital warts. A hand wart can not be spread to the vagina even through masturbation if it is directly touched by one.

From the shiny appearance and lack of bumpiness, the bump you are describing to me sounds more like Molluscum Contagiosum in its first stages. I really should change the photo of the vaginal warts above because although similar, they truly are very rough and look like cauliflower. Molluscum Contagiosum is shiny (pearly even).

Please see if this photo of the above condition fits what you are describing. It is of Molluscum Contagiosum: http://bit.ly/1zH1aEc

Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that is usually painless, and is spread by direct contact with a contaminated object like towels, clothing or sexual contact. It can last from two months to four years. A prescription or surgical treatments is available, but not necessary.

The virus can survive on surfaces that are touched by the skin of a person with the virus. The virus also transfers to other parts of your body when it is touched by the contagious area.

If you are not planning on treating this and letting it run its course and you become sexually active again please see a physician for treatment so it does not spread to your partner.

I hope I was able to help you Madison, and wish you the best of luck. If you have any additional questions, or I didn't answer your question fully, please let me know in the comments. Also, please keep me updated!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 23 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Briana,

There are a couple of excellent ways to treat shaving or irritation bumps. What I personally use are 100% natural oils. Right now I am using sweet almond oil. A 16 ounce bottle can be purchased on Amazon for under 10 dollars. You can also use grapeseed, jojoba, avocado, or vitamin E oil.

Another option is unscented hypoallergenic lotion. It is not quite as soothing as the oils are, but it will treat and cure the bumps just as fast.

If you have any additional questions or comments please leave a message. Also, please let me know how the oil or lotion works for you!

Thanks for writing, and I wish you the best Briana!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 23 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Jana,

Vaginal warts can be spread through sexual contact without having sexual intercourse.

Vaginal warts are very distinct bumps with no other bumps resembling it. This is a type of vaginal bump that is often painless, and in many cases does not itch. Because of this, they are usually not discovered until they are large enough to be noticed when the area is cleansed.

Genital warts in men are often not visible to the naked eye. To see male genital warts that are not visible a physician often times applies a vinegar solution to the area.

Since the warts you are experiencing have the appearance of vaginal warts, and you have had sexual contact, please see an Ob/Gyn or your family physician for treatment, or to rule this out. If left untreated vaginal warts (HPV) can be very dangerous.

I wish you the best of luck Jana! Please contact me any time with any additional questions or concerns, and please let me know the outcome.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 23 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Maria,

It is very difficult to describe the feeling of a bump since the bumps every person experiences has unique feelings of their own. Some people feel no sensations (painless) from the bump at all, while others experience itching or burning, rawness, tenderness, tingling, and/or burning.

The physical feeling of rash bumps also vary from person to person. They range from rough to smooth depending on skin type, bump type and severity.

Since your bumps are near the panty line and near hair follicles, I believe your bumps are folliculitis, and not an allergic reaction to pads. Folliculitis is one of the most common causes of bumps near the vagina, and often appear near the panty line. Their appearance often looks like pinpoint red bumps, but may develop into larger bumps with pus filled fluid.

The best way to treat smaller folliculitis bumps without pus is by cleansing them often with peroxide, and using an antibacterial soap when you shower. If the bumps do not clear up within a week after beginning the above regiment, further treatment by a physician may be required.

To prevent further folliculitis bumps be sure to not use dull razors when shaving, and keep the area clean.

I wish you the best of luck Maria. Please keep me posted on your progress. I love to hear updates!

Best,

Rachael


Madison 23 months ago

I have had sex with one guy for the last few months, and about a month after our first time together, I found (I think for the first time) a small bump above my clitoriat region, and slightly about we're the folds begin. I've had warts on my hands before and this bump is:

-flesh colored

-firm

-not cauliflower-y

-not flat and super smooth and shiny

-looks like an ordinary wart

-slightly painful when I touch it, but not excruciating

-pretty itchy when Touched but other thn that does not bother me

-has gotten somewhat bigger since I found it but not much

-no discharge or pus

-no rash around it

I don't know when I last had a wart on my hand but is it possible that it could be the same type of wart just spread by contact if I masturbated or something? I really want to rule out a doctors visit because my parents do not know I'm sexually active.

Also, would home remedies work and could maybe provide evidence that it is not indeed an STD?


briana 23 months ago

hi I noticed some bumps around the vagina, everything inside my vagina looks fine.. it's just around it. I have bumps around there that are itchy, but aren't painful. they don't have anything filled with them, they're just red bumps. I think it might have been caused by shaving or irritation. what do you suggest I take/apply to the area?


Jana 23 months ago

Hi. I have a question... I am not sexually active, but have done other things ( oral, hands) types of intercourse with my boyfriend. About a month ago I began using a new type of vaginal wash, and I got these little bumps on my labia. They look a little bit like vaginal warts, but they don't itch or burns and they haven't spread... But I'm kind of concerned. He would have been the only one I could have gotten them from, but I'm sure he doesn't have them. Any advice you could offer would be great!


Maria 23 months ago

Hello!

I've essentially gone through all of the questions and answers so I think I have some kind of an idea of my own problem, but just in case. I discovered a reddish itchy bump on my outer labia (one bigger, one smaller), nearish the panty line, a day ago and it was pretty much straight after my period and I use pads, and from what I've gathered it must be a reaction to this, but my question is that I've always used these and never had any particular problems. So can the allergy to that just suddenly pop up?

It doesn't hurt, it starts itching only if I brush past it, I'm not sexually active whatsoever. It's also near hair I suppose.

Also, if it is a rash of sorts, what is the bump supposed to feel like in theory?


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liladybugz26 23 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Courtney,

I am very confident that what you are describing is indeed vaginal pimples. As long as you do not have any irregular vaginal discharge with them, please treat them the following way:

-When the bumps are present, cleanse the area thoroughly three times a day (and up to as much as every time you urinate) with plain water, and follow this by applying hypoallergenic lotion for three days.

-If the bumps do not begin to clear up in three days switch to cleansing the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide up to three times per day by soaking the peroxide in a cotton ball and applying it to the affected area. Do not apply lotion after you switch to the peroxide.

-If you must wear underwear, make sure they are very loose and cotton. Sometimes sticking to no underwear is better until this is gone.

-If the bumps do not begin to clear up after you try the peroxide for three consecutive days please see your Ob/Gyn, or consult me and I will try to help you with any other questions/ideas.

Good luck to you Courtney!

Best,

Rachael


Courtney 24 months ago

Ok so i originally thought I had a pimple on my vagina lip right where it is on the outside but where it meets the inside. But now I have another one on the inside of my lip. They are far apart and look like individual pimples not clusters. One itches but I think from my panties rubbing on it. Any ideas or suggestions? I have been sexually active but haven't been in over 6 months. Thanks in advance.


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liladybugz26 24 months ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Nikki,

Absolutely! You can find my email address here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,

Rachael


nikki 2 years ago

Hello ia there a way to speak to you privately ?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Snoopy1234,

What you are experiencing is a very common symptom from wearing pads. I can not wear pads for this reason, and many other women experience this as well. Pads have two things working against them. They are a foreign body, and they rub against the skin.

One way to determine if you have a true allergy to the pad is if you have an immediate reaction to the pad, or if it takes a couple to several days before symptoms are present. A true allergy will expose itself quickly after the pad comes into contact with the skin.

Friction from the pad is most often the cause of these bumps. They start as a small rash, and turn into bumps as menses exacerbates the condition. The longer a pad is worn the greater the risk is of this happening is.

Unfortunately, some women (like me) have a body shape that causes excessive rubbing when pads are worn. There are a few tricks that can help prevent this, and provide relief once it has began:

-Apply deodorant to your your very upper thighs, and into the crease near your underwear where the pad sits.

-Apply vaseline or A&D Ointment to the part of the vagina that is either affected, or gets affected.

-If the bumps are still there following your period apply almond oil to the affected and surrounding areas.

I hope these tips work for you. I am very sensitive and break out easily. I swear by the above remedies for these types of bumps.

Please let me know the results, and keep me updated. Also, if you have any further questions let me know either here, or by locating my email address on my G+ page here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

Best of luck to you Snoopy1234,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Alssa (Duncan),

This really sounds like an STD. The vagina does not need to be entered to contract a disease as long as your partners genitals were in contact with you.

If it is difficult to talk to your parents perhaps you may be feel comfortable talking to a school counselor, a friends parent or a youth pastor about this and they can connect you with a free clinic for testing?

If you are adamant about not speaking to those people, or they are not available to you, please feel free to email me and I will help you find a free clinic in your area that will test and treat you confidentially.

I have a 15-year old daughter as well, and I hope my daughter would come to me if she is ever in your position. Maybe your Mom hopes you would talk to her too? I was in your shoes when I was your age (not that long ago it seems), feeling all of the same feelings you are feeling right now. Maybe your Mom has been in your shoes too? Perhaps she would be more understanding than you think?

I also know that every family is not open for discussion about this, and if this is the case I want to talk to you more privately. Even if you are just scared, and are not comfortable talking to your Mom, please email me, and know that I understand. This is all part of the human experience.

If you do not contact me, please be sure to protect yourself next time you are in an intimate situation. STDs can have devastating effect on a woman's anatomy and cause sterilization (the ability to not have children, and even death.

You can find my email address on my G+ page here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

I hope to hear from you soon Alssa!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

My PS actually meant to say - THE ABOVE OPTIONS ARE NOT SAFE WITH PREGNANCY - PLEASE TAKE NOTE! The yogurt may be a viable option.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi There Mia (Brydon),

First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! Now that I have that out of the way, I have to say that I truly feel for you, and wish you were not going through this. Right when you explained your symptoms I knew what was going on before you told me the physician's diagnoses. I am very shocked, and frustrated for you that the Ob/Gyn did not know what this was right away, causing undue discomfort. Furthermore, I am a little concerned that the Ob/Gyn has not helped you find relief for this. There are plenty of medications that can help you with both the symptoms and a cure.

Vaginosis can be tricky because it significantly alters the ph balance in your vagina. Once this ph is altered it is very difficult to restore it, and therefore it is easy for the vaginosis to return since bacteria is normal in the vagina.

Thankfully, there is a way to treat this without a prescription, and restore the ph balance to your vagina so it does not continue to recur. The following advice will not only cure the vaginosis, but also restore the ph in your vagina to prevent the vaginosis from recurring.

***Before trying these - please consult with your Ob/Gyn to ensure they safe with your pregnancy. ***

-Irrigate the vagina with 30ml of 3% hydrogen peroxide one time every evening for 3-months to completely eliminate recurrent bacterial vaginosis, and prevent it from returning (you need to purchase a douche at a pharmacy for the irrigation). This also helps to calm the itch. The following study has found this to be more effective than using antibiotic vaginal creams because it also restores the ph balance to the vagina. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

-I also suggest purchase RepHresh Ph balancing vaginal gel from a pharmacy, and applying it in the morning. Use it for twelve days. You only need to use one application every three days since that's how long one application lasts. This helps to restore the vaginal ph more quickly, and help fight the vaginosis as well. It costs about $20. Here is there website for more information: http://www.rephreshgel.com/.

I am very confident that combining these two treatments will solve your problem, but if not, or if you have any further questions - please feel free to email me. You can find my email address on my G+ page here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

Best of luck to you Mia!

Best,

Rachael

PS - I'm pretty confident those options are safe with pregnancy, but yogurt may be a viable option! It is great at restoring the ph, and may help cure this if inserted in the vagina.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Louisa,

Quite often following childbirth the ph levels in the vagina change. This change can trigger many different reactions including vaginal pimples (acne) which I believe you are experiencing. They are usually not clustered, can be very itchy and painful, and often are recurrent.

By following the below advice you will be able to relieve the symptoms of this condition, increase the healing time and even prevent its reoccurrence to some degree.

-When the bumps are present, cleanse the area thoroughly three times a day (and up to as much as every time you urinate), and follow this by applying hypoallergenic lotion.

-If the bumps do not begin to clear up in two days switch to cleansing the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide up to three times per day by soaking the peroxide in a cotton ball and applying it to the affected area. Do not apply lotion after you switch to the peroxide.

-If you must wear underwear, make sure they are very loose and cotton. Sometimes sticking to no underwear is better until this is gone, and your ph is stabilized.

-Stay away from greasy and fatty foods, and fill your diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Bad foods will delay the healing.

-Make sure to drink plenty of water and juice. This is very important to keep your skin hydrated and promote healing.

-Stay away from drinks with caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate your skin, and will prohibit healing .

-Eat plenty of yogurt to stabilize the ph balance in your genital area.

If the above solutions do not help please feel free to email me. You can find my email address on my G+ page here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

Best of luck to you Louisa!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

I apologize for the delay in responding, and will responding to your messages momentarily beginning the first unanswered post and working my way down. Thank you for the patience you've had ladies, and again, I apologize for the delay.


Snoopy1234 2 years ago

Hello,

Every once in a while during the middle to ending of my period there would be one or two little "cuts" down there but they go away with the cream my gynecologist prescribed to me after a few days. This only seems to happen when I wear pads. This time during the middle of my period, I have 3-4 bumps that itch really bad, I'm on my last few days of my period still. They started though when I woke up one morning after wearing a pad. The cream I use is preventing the itching temporarily (I usually apply it 2-3 times/day) but the bumps don't seem to be decreasing or going away..I am sexually active with my boyfriend and we do use protection.

PLEASE help me..I am getting very worried and scared it may be anything more than an allergic reaction to my pads. Thank you.


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Mia Brydon 2 years ago from Brandon, Florida

Hey :)

I'm very frustrated and hopefully you can point me in what direction to go next. For over a year now, I have had severe vaginal itching (mostly external). I have red bumpy areas of skin they itch and sting they are on the labia majora and also have itching on the minora but the source of itch seems to be coming from my clitoral area. I also have weird discharge it is sometimes thin and watery but mostly sticky and sometimes crumbly, gunky stuff. It has a mild odor, and doesn't reek. The color ranges from white to yellowish brown or gray.I have been to two gynecologists. Both have heard me complain time and time again seeing my frustration and trying to help but nothing has helped. :( they tested me for all stds and everything came back negative. Also did many cultures which came back normal which upsets me cause I know something is going on. I have tried many medications, first trying over the counter monistat, doc prescribed flagyl, clyndimacyn, diflucan and nothing has worked. Finally they did an extensive culture and found I have bacterial vaginosis and prescribed me flagyl, 2x a day for 7 days I just finished the dosage and see no improvement in my symptoms. I'm 31 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and have truly had it up to here and don't know where yo turn. My sex life is limited when I can have sex with my husband it's very dry and uncomfortable I just want my old self back again. I've tried not washing down there with soap, and of course no fragrance, I wear only cotton panties. Anyway, what do you recommend I do from here or what are your opinions on what I have? Thank you and sorry for writing so much lol


Louisa 2 years ago

Hey Rachael I had a question ... of course I know scheduling an appt with an obgyn is always necessary ... but I randomly getting this bumps ... sometimes just sometimes maybe more ... but not in clusters ... they don't really itch more feel like pimples ... pain like or sore ... they go away especially if I sleep without panties .... but they are irritating ... I am not sure of they come from after sex with a condom or the after shaving part ... never had this problem ... but body seems completely different after having a child ... thank you in advance for any suggestions ...

Louisa


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Amandy,

Quite often an STD is accompanied by a yeast infection in women. There are STDs that can lay dormant for months, and even years without showing any symptoms. HPV (vaginal warts) is the most common STD known to do this, followed by herpes.

The bump you are describing does not sound like herpes at all to me, but it does have the characteristics of HPV. Please have this evaluated by your physician to rule this out.

Please let me know the results, and keep me updated. Also, if you have any further questions let me know either here, or by locating my email address on my G+ page here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

Best of luck to you Amandy,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Ann,

This could be vaginal pimples, or an irritation from coming in contact with a specific type of ingredient in a soap (laundry or bathing) that you are using.

My suggestion is to switch your laundry and bathing products to hypoallergenic products to see if this stops the bumps from reoccurring. If it does not, and while the bumps are occurring you can do a a few things to help relieve the itch, and dry them out for a quicker healing time.

First, clean and dry them out three times a day with regular over the counter 3% hydrogen peroxide. This will quicken the healing. Next, apply a cortisone 10 plus itch cream for women. This will relieve the itch, and may also help increase the healing time as well.

Please let me know if this works, and if you have any further questions feel free to post them here or contact me privately by locating my email address on G+ here: plus.google.com/u/0/+RachaelJonesMinnesota/about

Best of luck to you Ann,

Rachael


Amandy 2 years ago

I had yeast infection on Oct. 10th right after i swimmed in the public pool, I used tiocanazole 1 day treatment, I felt like everything was going to blow up there from that cream, my symptoms did not go away after 3 days, so i called my doctor and she prescribed me 1 pill, i forgot the name but its from yeast infection, my symptoms dissapeared after 1 week, but i noticed that one little spot was itching and when i looked in the mirror i saw this red bump inside of the lip, only one bump its red and hard to see, it itches and if i touch i can feel it and its very firm, its red and no other color, its not blister and there is no discharge, please help, im afraid its genital herpes, I was with same guy for 12 years, but two years ago i had different sexual partner for one day, even tho it have been 2 years can i still get somekind of disease or what can it be?


ann 2 years ago

I have had small cluster bumps itchy going on 3 years now.I have been tested for ever thing and i have came out clean.Their itchy but goes away in a week time.This is my 2 one this year.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Thank you so very much Elsie!


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Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

Very interesting article for those needing help. Thank goodness all is well with me. Thanks.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Hannah,

Thank you for your question. I need to know a few more details before I can make any suggestions. How large was the bump? What did it look like before it popped? What did the drainage look like from it? What does It look like now?

The answers to these questions will be able to tell me a lot, and I will be able to make some suggestions. Thank you so much!

Best,

Rachael


hannah 2 years ago

About I week ago I was washing and i noticed a bump that looked like a pimple on the inside of my vaginal lip next to the vaginal opening on the right side. The next night I was washing again and broke it open and it bleed a little. Went to the gynecologist and she said from I described it sounded like an infected hair but after examining it she said it didn't look like the classic infected hair because it was red around the hair and looked ulcerative. I don't have any more discharge from and it doesn't hurt other then when I touch it, just tender. It burned a little when I went to the bathroom after I broke it open but that was the only time. Now it's starting to go away. Any ideas?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Lexi,

If you are sexually active I am leaning towards this being an STD. It sounds to me like HPV. There are some home treatments for this, but unfortunately where your bumps are located I can not recommend this because it could cause serious damage to your anatomy, and you could potentially be left without the ability to orgasm again.

I understand that money is an issue, but the only thing I can urge you to do is see a physician. There are free women's clinics and STD clinics in every major city. Please call your nearest Planned Parenthood, and they will see you based on your income, or on a sliding fee scale. If there is not one near you, please call your county human service department and ask them for the number of the health department. Once you have this number in hand, the health department in your state will guide you to the nearest free or sliding fee clinic so you can see an Ob/Gyn for treatment.

Please refrain from sexual activity until you see a physician as if indeed this is HPV it is very contagious. Please make sure you follow my above advice and make these calls. HPV is known to cause cervical cancer if left untreated.

If you are not sexually active, please let me know and I will rethink this for you, but the information you gave me is so far spot on with this diagnoses.

I sincerely wish you the best of luck Lexi. If you have problems finding a clinic please contact me following the instructions I left in the message above yours, and I will help you.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Lynn,

These bumps do not sound common of an STD, and in fact - I have had bumps similar to these myself. My suggestion is to keep the area clean by rinsing it with fresh water every time you urinate. Follow the cleansing by applying a thin layer of non-scented hypoallergenic lotion.

Since you do not have a yeast infection the Monistat will only disrupt the PH in your genital region, and may cause further uncomfortable ailments. My suggestion is to use Cortisone for women (for the genital area) to relieve any itching up to three times a day, or as directed on the packaging.

If the bumps do not begin to decrease within three to four days following this treatment please follow-up with an Ob/Gyn as a prescription medication may then be required.

Please feel free to ask further questions as needs, and please share your results when the bumps clear up. Best of luck to you Lynn!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Reece,

I apologize for the delay in my response. If you read previous comments - I have an auto-immune disease, and three weeks ago I ended up very ill again, and then for the past two weeks I have been going to various physicians for testing and treatments. One of these doctor's is over 1 1/2 hours away, and I was gone for nearly a week. So, once again - I greatly apologize for the delay, but I really had to take care of myself.

I am back now however; and do not anticipate any absences. Please feel free to post any questions, and I will reply within 24-hours as usual.

Reece, please feel free to contact me privately. You may do this by clicking on my profile link above, and then the G+ symbol. My email address is on my G+ profile page.

If anybody else feels the need to contact me regarding their issue vs posting their issue here, please feel free to do so.

Please know that others appreciate your posts here, and they help others tremendously. You can create an account under a pseudonym so your identity is not revealed, but I also understand those cases where people need discretion, and welcome those emails as well.

Sincerely,

Rachael M Jones


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Jane,

This indeed could very well be from soaps, or even from laundry detergent. Please know that soap highly disrupts the PH in a woman's vaginal area, and will cause all sorts of uncommon things to occur. If you feel it is absolutely necessary to cleanse the area with something other than water, please use a cleanser designed for a woman's genital region such as Summer's Eve cleansing washes.

If this does not begin to clear-up three days after discontinuing soaps, and changing your laundry detergent please see your Ob/Gyn again for a second opinion. Good luck to you Jane!

Best,

Rachael


Lexi 2 years ago

Hi

I have 3 red sore bumps inside of my vigina lips outside my clit, only on one side. I've tried cleaning it with peroxide and warm water, I've used antibiotic creams and yeast infection medications. They have been there almost a week now the home remedies makes them feel better for a few hours but I would like more. The bumps aren't really bumps they are kinda flat and red. Please help I don't have the money to run to a doctor


lynn 2 years ago

I had some mild burning and itching for a day. I examined myself for anything odd to be making an appereance but there was no redness no discharge no foul oder however right above my vaginal opening there were a few small hard almost prickly feeling spots. They are not blisters nor have they grown In size or changed in apperance at all. I used monistat yeast infection otc and it took away the mild burning and itching however just a few days later those symptoms came back. I am still checking the area as well but still no change in the odd bumps...im scared about this


Reece 2 years ago

Hi Rachael. Is there anyway I can chat with you or email you offline? I'm struggling here.


jane harrold 2 years ago

i noticed a white cloudy sore on the wall of my vagina . what should I do? I got them the last time and the doctor said it was because of the soap


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Saffron,

The tub soak will not cause problems for anybody else as long as you make sure you disinfect the bathtub after you use it (even if you didn't disinfect the tub the chances are minimal that you would spread what's going on without skin to skin contact). If you are real concerned about it, and would rather not use the tub you can always just sit right on the toilet, and place the fluid in a plastic pitcher (one used for storing beverages). Please keep me updated, and wishing you luck!

Best,

Rachael


Saffron 2 years ago

Hi Rachel

Thanks so much for your comments. Actually I had another look, and all the lumps are inside the most inner lips (and some very close to the opening of the vagina). I also noticed while looking that there was a small amount of lumpy white discharge (yeast infection??) coming out of the vagina.

I don't know if its related but I also have had some small amount of dull aching around the area and inner thigh area.

The lumps, there is sort of line of them, that have been there for a long time now, also inside the inner labia, near the top/ crease, but all the others are not in a line and are scattered around the opening and some maybe even inside the vagina opening? its hard to tell, because its all pretty lumpy, and does look like there is a fleshy pink mass ball on the inside of my vagina close to the opening, that might be because I haven't been doing my tightening exercises daily after my first child? Is that possible? if i squeeze my muscles it moves but doesn't lift back inside. I know my anatomy has changed since giving birth the first time and don't know really what i am looking at any more.

I will not douche, but have been rinsing the area about three times a day without soap, and this helps the itch. I will discontinue the use of cortisone cream or hydrozole altogether as its very close to the vagina opening.

With the soak in the tub, if the tub is not super disinfected, can that cause issues? I have a 3 year old who has a bath everyday you see and I don't want to cross contaminate or anything, either way.

Is it better that i use a freshly cleaned round bucket and just sit in it? What do i put in the water? bit of sea salt?

Thanks so much for your help and advice.

Saffron.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Again Saffron,

What you are describing as long, red flesh type lumps sound like skin tags, which are common in and around the vagina, especially during pregnancy.

They typically are not bothersome, but the vagina has additional blood flow during pregnancy, and this could place more pressure on the skin tags causing discomfort. If they are rubbed too hard, or too much, this will also cause discomfort. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for vaginal skin tags other than surgical removal.

The other bumps you are experiencing are very different, and I believe them to be vaginal acne, which the Hydrozole will not treat. Since you are pregnant you have to be extra-careful what you use near the vagina.

Wash your vagina with plain water (salt water is fine, but not necessary) three times a day, and make sure one of these cleansings is a soak in the tub. Follow this by applying unscented hypoallergenic lotion. It is safe to use externally, but do not put any lotion into your vagina. Keep eating the yogurt, but do not douche while you are pregnant. This could cause a miscarriage, or a slew of other problems. So please, please do not douche while pregnant. Make sure your underwear are loose and cotton as well. Silky panties are awful bacterial producers.

If you have any further questions, please let me know. I will be more than happy to help you. I look forward to hearing back from you with your results as well!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Saffron,

Are the long flesh type lumps at the opening of your vagina? Also, can please describe exactly where the bumps are? (Just outside of your vagina, on your labia minora, majora etc)

Thanks,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Katie S,

If the entire bump felt hard on the outside (from skin to tip), or if it had broken open - that would signify something more serious. Since this bump doesn't have those qualities, I am confident that this is not an STD.

I am confident that this bump is a result of your active career, mixed with sweat and friction. You did not say that the bump was on or next to a hair follicle, but I am guessing that it is based on how you described it.

A blocked hair follicle is actually the most common cause of single bumps on or near the vagina. Your career is a catalyst for the formation of this type of bump due to the sweat.

A sweat gland bump is also another type of bump that can appear on or near the vagina, but from your description I am leaning towards a hair follicle bump.

To treat this, dampen a cloth with water and microwave it for about 10-15 seconds to create a warm compress. Apply this to the bump 3-4 times daily until it is gone.

I apologize for not responding sooner, and I am grateful for your question. It introduced a new bump to the page that was not discussed previously. Please let me know how the compress works. I would love to hear your update. Best of luck to you!

Best,

Rachael


saffron 2 years ago

Hello again

I thought i should add this info to my last post..

I just looked again and noticed that the original line of red lumps are actually still there, so these other ones are in addition. The original row of lumps don't have white heads on them. There are some close the opening to the vagina. I don't have a thick smelly discharge (as per the yeast infection symptoms), if anything its clear small amount of discharge, but because i am taking pregnancy vitamins it is always bright yellow.

Also in my country its the end of winter, so i have been wearing much less open clothing and usually i don't wear underwear to bed, but i have been because of this thing and its winter and colder. Might be a cause?

Anyway, thanks again! I was thinking i would douche with salt and water and eat more yogurt? I can only eat sheep yogurt as i am cow product intolerant, that is still ok?

thanks so much!! saffron


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Amanda,

I have to agree with the findings of your physicians. This does not sound like an STD. From what I am envisioning based on your description of the bumps they sound very much like vaginal pimples/acne.

As we know with facial pimples, quite often we will have pimples that recur in the same location after disappearing for a short time. This is also true with vaginal acne/pimples.

My suggestion would be to keep the area clean by bathing daily (using water only), also cleanse the area with water two additional times a day, and apply an unscented hypoallergenic lotion after the cleansings. This will hopefully clear up the bumps. Please let me know if you are not seeing results after about three to four days, and I will help you find another solution. Also, I would love to hear the outcome! I wish you the best of luck!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello everybody,

Sorry I have not responded over the past four days. I always make sure to respond with 24-hours, and greatly apologize that it has taken longer this time. A personal note about me - I struggle with an autoimmune disease that along with several specialists we have been trying to determine exactly what it is. Unfortunately this sometimes wreaks havoc on my body, and puts me out of commission for days at a time, so that is the cause for my response day. Thankfully I am feeling much better today, and will be posting your answers momentarily.

I want to thank you all for making this article, and comment board such a success. Of the 600 daily reads this article receives, nearly 10% of the readers are returning! Thank you so much to those who have written in, and those of you who stop by frequently, and to the new readers - welcome!

When I wrote this article I never imagined the impact it would have, and how many women it would help. I truly never realised that the comments would take on a face of their own, and for this I feel blessed. Keep on writing in with your questions, and please know that I will always respond just as soon as I possibly can.

Best,

Rachael


saffron 2 years ago

Hi Rachel

I am pregnant (14 weeks) with my second. I have been having trouble with itching on the inside of my vaginal lips for 3 months or more. I went to a doc and he didn't look but gave me an anti fungal cream called Hydrazole. I used it on and off , but because it says to apply externally and the itchy areas were inside the lips i used it sparingly. Can i use a cream like that inside the inner lips?, is that considered internal or external?

I noticed these red long flesh type lumps recently I had changed to a smaller pimple with a white head, in a different area.

I have seen another doc last week but he also didn't look, but prescribed a cortisone cream, which also says to apply externally and I am nervous about using it inside the smaller vagina lip (the labia minor?) so have used is only very sparingly twice in the night as a last resort to the itching.

I am not sure what to do as I am pregnant and know that the PH is all unbalanced during this time anyway.

After reading your blogs, I have stopped using soap down there and am rinsing when i can after urinating. I also stopped eating anything with yeast in it, breads etc.

Can you help?

Thanks heaps.


katie s 2 years ago

hello, I have 1 itchy red bump on the side of my vagina very close to my bikini line, It is red and mostly soft but the tip does feel a little hard. It burns and itches very badly and is making the rest of my vagina itch. I am not noticing any negative discharge (but still a little discharge) but am still concerned since it is very uncomfortable. I am sexually active but don't really think that could be the problem. I am also a personal trainer so i spend a lot of hours in tight clothing sometimes covered in sweat. It has been 2 days now since bump and itching as occurred. anything i should do or be worried about? thank you so much!


Amanda 2 years ago

Hello,

I have had an itchy patch on my left labia majora for quite awhile. I usually have 1 or 2 pimple like bumps that itch for a day and then not for a few days. The itching and the bump disappear and then a couple days later will be raised and itchy again. They never fill with fluid or pop, just raise(become noticeable) with some itch and then disappear only to start that cycle over again after a few days to a week.

The itch and any bump is always in the same spot and if I can avoid scratching, they diminish quicker. If I do itch too much it seems like it becomes red and irritated like a rash and the bump is more flat. It never scabs over and I have been tested for herpes and it was negative.

I am at a loss as to what it could be because doctors always say that herpes would not be constant and the bumps would subside after they pop and blister. Since mine never pop or become a sore they tested for herpes but ultimately didn't believe it was based on the above.

Since I have been tested and am free and clear of any STD, I really don't know why these bumps would always be in the same spot on the same side of my labia majora.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Bri,

I am really glad that you went in. Thank you so very much for the update. I love to hear follow-ups!

Best,

Rachael


Bri 2 years ago

i did go get checked out and i was negative for STD's. But she told me that it does look like I have been into contact with HPV but it should go away on its own. she did prescribe me some medication and told me to do a follow up appointment in 2 weeks,


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Bri,

Yes, I would recommend that you get tested for STDs. This sounds more like an STD than benign bumps since the they are inside your vagina.

This sounds like it may vaginal warts (HPV), which if left untreated can cause cervical and vulvar cancers. Please schedule an appointment with your Ob/Gyn as soon as possible for treatment, or to rule this out.

If you have any more questions please let me know. I would like to know the outcome as well, please keep me posted. Best of luck to you Bri!

Best,

Rachael


bri 2 years ago

sorry i am 21 years old (typo)


bri 2 years ago

hi so i am really freakin out. i am 2 years old but i recently started having sex. ive never even masturbated before. probably about a week ago my vagina started to feel weird, like it didn't burn or itch but i could tell that something was going on. the next couple of days i came on my cycle so i thought that maybe these were just the signs of that. however when i got on my cycle and i used the restroom it sort of burned and itched. its very bearable but it still has this discomfort feeling to it. when i wiped my self it felt kind of good like i was about to have a orgasm and i never felt like that before when i wiped. so i touched myself and i feel these little bumps like inside my vagina hole i don't know if this is common or not because i have never fingered myself before. i just got off my cycle and when i pee it does not feel like that burning sensation like its going away but if i feel inside for the bumps they are still there and i still have the discomfort when i lay down. i am really freakin out because the past 2 days i am always wet and its not the usual like my panties are completely soaked and i just don't know what to do. i got tested for hiv and chlamydia and i should get those results next week but now reading these comments im thinking i should get tested for herpes. what are your thoughts?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

You are most welcome Lilly.


Lilly 2 years ago

Hi, thank you for the immediate answer.

I would suspect the same since it does not itch on the cluster area and they are staying the same. I guess just my skin was irritated with the new product since its itch on the whole area but even though it does not appear red and look alike rash.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Lilly,

Depending on how long you have had the bumps it may or may not be an STD. If it is an STD it more than likely is herpes. Herpes has this clustered appearance and look, but the bumps break open after about three days, and turn into sores.

If you have had the bumps longer than three days, and they have not broken open, it is most likely vaginal acne. It can be treated by keeping the area clean followed by applying unscented hypoallergenic lotion.

If the bumps just appeared, see if they break open in the next few days. If they do you need see your Ob/Gyn for an official diagnoses, and prescription treatment.

If you have any further questions or need additional help please feel free to comment any time. Best of luck to you Lilly.

Best,

Rachael


Lilly 2 years ago

Hi, recently i noticed a clusters of pimple like/pump between two labia, they are not red, head little white. It was fine for 1-2 weeks and recently started to itch like I'm irritated to something. Last time i had sex was a month ago. My discharge is normally white, sometimes look a bit yellow.

Do you think this is a sign of STD or infection?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Ashley,

This could very well be a reaction to the antibiotics, and if it started prior to that it could possibly a new laundry detergent or soap that you are using.

You should try using a calamine lotion with antihistamine for this. If it begins to clear up within hours following the application then it certainly is a reaction of sorts, and this will solve the problem as long as you eliminate the source.

If the calamine with antihistamine does not clear it up within 24-hours, then try the hydrocortisone. If that doesn't begin to work in a a day or two then please follow my above instructions for using 3% hydrogen peroxide.

All of this combined should bring you 3-4 days out. If this does not begin to clear up with these remedies by then please consult your physician. If an appointment is not available immediately, please consult me for additional solutions. Good luck Ashley!

Best,

Rachael


Ashley 2 years ago

Rachel,

I have had the worst itching "down there" for about two weeks now! It started one night and was so awful I couldn't sleep. Then the itch didn't come back for days. It came back not too bad a couple nights but I just showered and put on clean underwear to help the itch. I did not feel this was a yeast infection because it wasn't in the vagina, more the skin outside the vulva I believe? And no discharge or weird smell at all. I got a UTI about 4 days ago and took antibiotics to get rid of it. I get UTI's often. The next day after starting the antibiotics the itch was insane and I broke out in a bumpy,skin colored rash at the top of my vagina. That's where it itches the most now. I've been showering as frequently as possible and changing cotton panties very often. I'm going to get hydrocortisone ointment today. I'm sexually active and have been sleeping with the same person for about 3 months now. Should I go to my doctor or is this a bad reaction to something?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Maria,

I am confident that these bumps are vaginal pimples. Since you are pregnant you are very limited on what you can use to alleviate the itch, and help clear up the bumps.

My suggestion is to take a bath in a heavy solution of salt water, or cleanse the area with a salt water solution. This has been known to cure vaginal pimples, and decrease the itch. It may be a bit painful if the bumps have broken open from scratching, but the pain will soon be overcome with relief.

If you are going to use the bath method, pour 1-cup of salt into your bathwater, and soak for 15-20 minutes.

For a rinse: Add 1 Tbs of salt to 2 cups of water and irrigate the area thoroughly 3 times a day, or when the itching is intense.

Please let me know if this doesn't work in three days, and I will help you find another solution.

Best,

Rachael


Maria 2 years ago

So I have 3 bumps. (none of them close to each other) They itch like crazy! But only for a day. They look like pimples and when I scratch them they start to bleed a little. They do seem to go away after a few days though.

I am sexually active & also pregnant with my second child.

Please help!


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Deffie,

I apologize for the delay in answering as I have been ill. Use 3% standard hydrogen peroxide in the brown bottle, and apply it to the bumps. It may be used as a douche if you have internal vaginosis, but use it only on the bumps since this is your concern.

Best,

Rachael


Deffie 2 years ago

Hi again

How many percent should I use and do apply it internally too?

Thank you

Deffie


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Deffie,

I understand that you've tried everything except for the yogurt. I just want to be sure that you have tried hydrogen peroxide because that is typically a last resort, and is an excellent cure for vaginal bumps. It has even been proven to replace antibiotics in some cases if used diligently: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676737

My suggestion is to use the peroxide again, and apply it every time you urinate. Do not dilute it or wash it off with water following the application. Be sure to let it dry. You may apply something to relieve the itch after it dries. Please let me know the results, and if this doesn't work after three days I will help you find another solution. Good luck to you Deffie!

Best,

Rachael


Deffie 2 years ago

Hi,

It happened when I had UTI but I didn't get it treated for a few months which may or may not be the reason I developed yeast infection (candida) because while I haven't got my UTI treated, it started to itch.

I've treated both (only after months) and the latest treatment was 3-4 weeks ago where I had passaries.

The pain during sexual intercourse and sometimes even intserting a tampon is seriously unbearable. It's a turn off and most of the time I ended up crying during the the intercourse. The pain is insane burning when I pee (I read that it's good to so so) after my intercouse.

It started with 1 bump on the outside of my vagina, in-between my vagina and my anus. It itches randomly, not everyday. It's only recently I discovered smaller bumps on the inner lip and the bumps are "lining" up one straight line.

I've been to several doctors and most said it's just dryness... only one gave me passary (the last eat treatment) assuring me that I will not have pain during intercourse after completion of the pessary. I did as instructed, I didn't have any intercourse for during and after the course of passary. Only did once 3-4 weeks after, which is 5 days ago.. It still hurts so bad and same goes to the peeing part...

I used to be sexually active but not anymore. I lost all confidence and I hate my body so much right now. It's like once a month and the pain is affecting me so much... I kinda guess that the pain is felt because of the rubbing of the penis against the bumps. Well because I do scratch them and I do feel pain if I continue to scratch...

I'm so sick of paying all the consultation fees and getting no treatment. My plan is to try out the over the counter creams such as canesten...

I stop washing down there with soap a few months ago. I do wash it with water every time I pee at home. When I'm out, I use vagasil wipes once a day.

I had an abortion... Unsure if it's related... I was pregnant around the same time I get UTI during feb this year

Do advise me as I've read all your comments and replies but I do most of the things except for yogurt, unable to accept the taste..

Looking forward to your replies

Deffie


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

lemon juice and vaginal tightening,

I love the screen name Dr. Barenholz! I have used/heard of alum, but not lemon juice. I'm going to have to look into this one!

Thank you for the kind comment. As a surgical assistant, I appreciate how you are helping women in this area.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Nicole,

This sounds like a vaginal wart. Vaginal warts are skin colored. They appear white in the photo above because they were treated with dry ice.

Vaginal warts can appear as a single wart, or in multiples, giving them a cauliflower appearance. They typically have a rougher surface than the surrounding skin, and are extremely itchy. The wart/s appear generally within two to three months after developing an HPV infection from sexual intercourse, but it can be much longer.

It is very important that you have this bump examined by your gynecologist to rule out HPV/vaginal warts. HPV can cause cervical and vulvar cancers, and it is important to have it treated as soon as possible if this is your diagnosis.

If you have any additional input or questions, please feel free to ask. I'll be glad to help. I wish you the best of luck!

Best,

Rachael


Nicole 2 years ago

Hi Rachael,

I'm not sure what's going on, so I'll give you as much info as possible. Not sure if it's even all related!

I noticed about six weeks ago that I was urinating very frequently at night. It didn't hurt or burn, but it was hard to get started. I went to the Dr. and he said I had a UTI (he tested my urine) so he gave me some Macrobid (he also gave me Diflucan because he said the Macrobid might give me a yeast infection...I took it and never developed a yeast infection). I took the whole ten day dose and while things are better, sometimes I feel that "urge" frequently (but not as much as I did before). I noticed about two weeks ago that I had about a 3mm flat, flesh-colored bump on the opening of my vagina. The whole area itches frequently throughout the day (I didn't itch until I noticed this bump was here, and the itching is helped by some monistat topical cream that I had left over from a yeast infection a while ago). My discharge doesn't smell, but it seems like it's more plentiful than normal, and maybe a bit thicker.

Any idea what this could be? I am sexually active, for the record. I'm not even sure if the UTI was related, but I thought I'd include it since it all kind of happened around the same time. Thank you for your time and patience; your information is invaluable and I really appreciate the help!

~Nicole


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

You are most welcome Serenity. If you have any questions at all in the future please feel free to ask. I will be happy to help answer anything that may be of question.

Best,

Rachael


Serenity 2 years ago

Thanks Rachael! I'm gonna stop washing it with soap. Its just that I thought I was supposed to. I'll wash down there with just water then.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Serenity,

Oh honey, you can't wash wash this area with soap. It will cause a host of problems including infections. Your body has it's own ph in that area, and when you use soap it washes it away, and your body launches extra enzymes to make up for what you just took from it. The excess enzymes can create yeast and all other nasty things including bumps.

If you really, really want to wash down there with soap, please use a soap that is designated for a woman's vaginal area. I don't recommend it, but at least it will not wash away all of your ph. Summer's Eve has a new wash as you may have seen in their new "Hail to the V" commercials you may want to try if you must.

To sum it up: Yes, I believe the bump is from the soap. Avoid soap, and stick to only soap for the vaginal area if you must. Good luck sweets!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Sarah,

I have had this problem as well, and the only thing that works for me is Calmoseptine Ointment. It protects, soothes and heals. You can pick it up at any pharmacy, and it is fairly inexpensive.

After it heals, a good trick that I live by is to place deodorant on my thighs as far up as you can go (make sure you don't get any on your vaginal area). This will prevent it from happening again. It is a great miracle worker - deodorant, go figure! Good luck.

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Estafani,

Sorry I did not respond right away. I was away on business.

These really sound like pimples (vaginal acne). I gave this advice to Becky (above), and it is the best advice to treat this condition:

Wash the area thoroughly at least two times daily with plain water (do not use soap).

-Cleanse the area by applying hypoallergenic lotion. If this doesn't clear up the bumps in two days switch to hydrogen peroxide. Soak the peroxide in a cotton ball and apply it three times a day, or every time you urinate.

-If you must wear underwear, make sure they are very loose, and cotton.

-Stay away from greasy and fatty foods, and fill your diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Bad foods will delay the healing.

-Drink plenty of water and juice.

-Stay away from drinks with caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate your skin.

-Eat plenty of yogurt to stabilize the ph balance in your genital area.

If they are not gone in three days please see your physician. I hope this helps!

Best,

Rachael


Serenity 2 years ago

Hi. I know i'm only 14, but theres this small red bump that's bothering me. Its between my clitoris and my vaginal opening, really close to the opening. I'm not sexually active at all. Never even kissed anyone. Its itchy and sometimes causes a little sharp pain for like a second and goes away. It also hurts to pee.. Its only one bump theres no others. I've actually been using soap to clean myself down there. Maybe that's the problem?


Sarah 2 years ago

For the past two months I have been struggling with a red, itchy rash on vaginial lips and the surrounding area up to where my thigh starts. It started out as being very chaffed/ irritated so I assumed it was something like diaper rash. I have put diaper rash cream, and vagasile on it and it still has not cleared up. I also have a cream perscribed by a doctor for my eczema which I have also been using. Which helps with the itchiness but it never heals. Nothing seems to completely work. I am not sexually active and I have not experienced discharge at all. Any advice would be appreciated.


Estefani 2 years ago

But that came before I got my period.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Estafani,

This is most likely irritation from your sanitary pad or tampon, and is common, especially if you changed brands. If it does not clear up in a couple of days following your period please let me know, and I will do my best to help you. Also, try changing the brand of pads or tampons you are currently using. Good luck!

Best,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi June,

This does sound like pimple. If it was herpes it would have broken open and spread, and probably be gone by now. This does not sound like an STD. Try using hypoallergenic lotion on it to see if that clears it up. Good luck!

Best,

Rachael


june 2 years ago

I have a tiny bump that is pink and fairly flat between the outside of my vaginal opening and my bikini line. It's been there for two weeks and hasn't changed much. I am sexually active and had unprotected sex once about two months ago. I called my obgyn today and the nurse said it didn't sound like herpes and was probably an ingrown hair or pimple. I noticed a bump in the same area after I had been riding roller coasters all day while on my period on June 30. It got smaller but not sure if it ever went completely away, this could be the same bump. Does it sound like an STD? If it was herpes, how long would it take for the bump to go away on its own? I also had some breakthrough bleeding between periods last month, I'm on birth control and hadn't missed any pills but I was going through a stressful time in my personal life.


Estefani 2 years ago

Inside I have little tiny bumps and but barely any! & i have itchiness, I was having discharge but I can't tell anymore about the discharge or little bumps because I have my period it still itches! But the itchiness comes and goes. Is it that I just have a yeast infection or another type of infection. I'm really freaking out, I've never had anything happen to me down there!


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Estefani,

Do you have any bumps, or just itchiness? Do you have any discharge? Hope to hear back from you.

Best,

Rachael


Estefani 2 years ago

I am completely freaking out I've never had an issue like this. At first I was itchy, I continued being itchy but I thought it was just because I sweat, on Tuesday I had sex with my boyfriend and it was sort of burning, and there are moments when I pee that it burns and I've scratched myself down there because I couldn't take it and it feels like if I was to have like a little rash I'm so worried and uncomfortable what can I do what's is that I might have!?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Ashadair,

It sounds like they could be herpes bumps. Herpes starts out looking like small bumps that cluster together, and they turn into sores that break open. They are very itchy. Usually the first outbreak is the most painful, and can sometimes be accompanied with a "prodrome". A prodrome is a painful sensation that occurs behind the legs, and/or thighs and vaginal area. My suggestion is that you see your physician for an official diagnosis. Please refrain from sexual intercourse until you see a physician, and he/she has cleared you. Good luck!

Best,

Rachael


ashadair 2 years ago

I have had some bumps come up on the side of my virgina and on the lips that are very itchy they are opened up like they have popped. What are they?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Thank you imtii!


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imtii 2 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Anna,

This sounds to me like it's a pimple. My suggestion is to apply hypoallergenic lotion to the bump to to see if that will help. If that doesn't work after a couple of days try swabbing it with hydrogen peroxide two to three times a day to dry it out, and hopefully get rid of it for good. If neither of these two things work, please see your physician. You may need a prescription topical cream. Good luck to you, and I hope this helps!

Best,

Rachael


anna 2 years ago

I have one single bump on the left outer lip of my labia. It goes away for a few days or more and then will come back. I never feel the bump nor is it itchy during my period. It is more like a pimple but its always in the same spot and never more than one. It isn't fluid filled so I don't feel it's a blister. Any help would be appreciated!


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

I'm glad we were able to connect Marie! Thank you for reaching out to me.

Best,

Rachael


Marie 2 years ago

I added you on G+ Did you get it.


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Hi Marie,

Will you please email me privately so I can show you a few photos and help you narrow this down? You can email me directly by heading to my main HubPage URL http://hubpages.com/@liladybugz26 and clicking on the red G+ on the upper right hand side. When you reach my Google+ page go to "About" and scroll down to my email. I will be waiting for your response. Thanks.

Best,

Rachael


Marie 2 years ago

Sorry for all the mis spells


Marie 2 years ago

Hi, this seems to be a good place to ask some questions. I've been itchy for about a week and today I got my mirror and looked again to see if I could see anything. And there was thus bump with a little white head kind of. Do now I'm really freaked out. So I looked again to look at ut again anf ut looks like there is a little one coming up kinda close to the first one. I've had sex. With one man the same man. I've never had anything happen to me like this and I'm really freaked. I kinda thought that it was more like what Emily was saying.

Please help!!


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Analee,

I apologize for missing your post. This may be caused from vaginitis which is a vaginal infection that may also cause bumps. My suggestion is to try using Monistat to see if that clears it up for good. Be careful though, often times a sexully transmitted disease such as trichomoniasis mimics these symptoms as well, so if this returns please see your physician for an antibiotic treatment. Good luck!

Sincerely,

Rachael


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Sally,

I need some further questions to help you better. First of all, are you sexually active? And secondly, please explain what the bumps look like. Are they clustered, and have they turned to sores prior to healing, or have they just went away without blistering? Thank you so much for further insight. I will try to respond quickly.

Sincerely,

Rachael


Sally 2 years ago

Hi . I had a few bumps but I went to walmart to get sum cream for it and 2of them went away but the others are taking longer too leave the area .. The bumps they never went away are more red and itchy then the other ones were . Please help !!


Analee 2 years ago

Hi, I have tiny rash like bumps around the clit area. But inside near the vaginal hole is a little larger bumps. Larger bumps do not itch. They appear after i have sex or shower mostly. The tiny bumps go away and return randomly. I do have discharge sometimes. Mostly thin clear or thick white but not all the time. Please help


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Maddie,

This does indeed sound like acne. Follow the advice just above your comment that I gave to Becky. If it does not begin to clear up within three days please see your physician. It may require prescription medication, or treatment with cortisone injections. Good luck to you!

Sincerely,

Rachael


maddie 2 years ago

I have a lot of itchy red bumps around and on my vagina and it seems to be spreading. It kind of looks like the acne picture but more condensed and not like individual pimples, just more of a red rash. I am a virgin and I don't have any weird discharge. What should I do?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Becky,

Since you have already seen your physician and received multiple medications, I suggest the following home treatments to help relieve the itching, and hopefully clear up the bumps:

-Wash the area thoroughly at least two times daily with plain water (do not use soap).

-Since the medication didn't help, follow the cleansing by applying hydrogen peroxide to the bumps. This will help to dry them out (if what you are using is cream, if it is not cream than try using hypoallergenic lotion first).

-If you must wear underwear, make sure they are very loose, and cotton.

-Stay away from greasy and fatty foods, and fill your diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Bad foods will delay the healing.

-Drink plenty of water and juice.

-Stay away from drinks with caffeine, and alcoholic beverages as they dehydrate your skin.

-Eat plenty of yogurt to stabilize the ph balance in your genital area.

I hope that this helps. Please hang in there, and know that you are not alone!

Sincerely,

Rachael


becky 2 years ago

hi I hav itchy bumbs around my viginal,i thought it was pimples before bt it was not,dis hav been dere over 3 month and still dere till now,hav take so many medicine frm my doctor bt it doesn't change.scratching me everyday and irritating.please help me out.thanks


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Joan,

This could very well be irritation from the sanitary pad itself (I can't use them for this reason), even near the vagina. If the irritation doesn't clear up following your period please see a physician. Also, try using a different brand of pads. Good luck!

Sincerely,

Rachael


Joan 2 years ago

Hi,

I recently had sex with a guy in my very first day of my menstrual cycle (i.e. I didn't realise I was about to have my period, like 5 days ago), and I've since moved to a different country for work. I now have my period but my nether region is also very itchy - there are small red rash-like bumps, which I *sometimes* have on the outer parts that is in contact with my sanitary pad in the past, however these are also near the vagina which is concerning. I couldn't figure out whether it's a result of the latex in the condom, or whether it's just irritation and tiredness from all the stress that made the usual itchiness worse? I've tested negative for chlamydia and gonorrhoea before sleeping with this new guy...

I will go to the doctors when my period clears and this is still going on, but I'd like to know your opinion!

Thanks!

Joan


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hi Ryan,

You should have this checked out by your physician. You are probably right about it being a pimple. It may be nothing, but it's always better to be certain.

Good Luck!

Rachael


Ryan 2 years ago

Hello,

I have this one singular bump a little below my vaginal opening that has been there for about a month now and gets itchy for a few days every other week. It hasn't changed in size or shape but I haven't noticed it before a month ago. It is smooth and feels like a pimple. Is this concerning?


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

It could also be vaginitis caused from a sexually transmitted disease. Please have this evaluated by a physician. Sexually transmitted diseases, if left untreated, can cause a lot of problems including sterilization (loss of the ability to render children).


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

Hello Daivonna,

These sound like herpes bumps. I do have several questions to help narrow this down to be more certain that this is what it is.

Please message me on Google. You can find my Google+ by clicking on my name and going to my profile page. Just click on the G+.

Rachael


daivonna 2 years ago

OK I only had sex with 2 people couple weeks later I got a yeast infection I was using monistat 3 but I was noticing a little itch feeling I ignored it couple weeks passed by but I still have the little itch in I scratched it In it start bleeding in my butt itches a little to so I looked in the mirror at my vagina I sat down in I started to feel where it itch so I was trying to pull just vagina open that's when I noticed these bumps when I touch them they itched they don't hurt or burn it look like a rash kind of I just want to know what this is in Yes u have discharge it turns my underwear brown in sometimes the discharge is yellow


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

You are so very welcome.


emily 2 years ago

I don't have any more discharge than usual but I'll try the tampon just to be sure and I'll also try and change my detergent and soaps etc, thanks for your help


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

If it is thrush or a yeast infection you can treat this at home by soaking a tampon in yogurt and freezing it for an hour. Place the tampon in your vagina, and continue this remedy until the infection clears up. If in three days it is not clear please seek the guidance of your physician.


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

I do have one question. Are you experiencing any discharge along with the bumps. The more I think about this the more I am led to believe you are experiencing vaginitis associated with thrush.

If discharge is not present this could be a reaction from laundry detergent , condoms or bathing soaps.


emily 2 years ago

I have a few red, itchy lumps on my vaginal opening, they're not blisters, just itchy red lumps, does anyone know what they are? :)


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liladybugz26 2 years ago from Cambridge Author

You are most welcome!


Aliya 2 years ago

This is really helpful thanx very much.


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liladybugz26 3 years ago from Cambridge Author

Thank you so much!


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This article is very informative and useful. Voted up and useful.

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