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Causes and Cures for Itchy Vaginal Bumps

Updated on April 5, 2017
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Rachael has been a healthcare worker for over 25 years, holding numerous positions including surgical and neurosurgical technologist.

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

Vaginal Bumps That Itch: 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 (STD). Although this is an understandable fear, quite often there is another explanation for these symptoms.

Since many vaginal bumps have the same symptoms as STDs, it is often 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 vaginal bumps that itch. Although there are many other reasons one might develop bumps on the vagina, we're narrowing our focus on the causes of those that itch, starting with the most harmless and least alarming.

Causes of Itchy 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

Vaginal Acne

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

Ingrown Hair

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

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

Eczema

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

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

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

Genital Warts

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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      Domo 3 weeks ago

      I have had these smoothe bumps that look like the herpes bumps pop up on me before but the first time i have 4 one on the inside of my vagina a little one and three around the outer are of the inside not the lips the other part but i just recently switched sex parteners and now its back and it was just itchy last night but went away after i was it i didnt know what to do its not white and pussed up yet but its a cluster of 3 in one area. They are smoothe and itch a little what do you think it is and what should i do?

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      Cindy 5 weeks ago

      Hi im getting worried because ive had a rash like to the side of vagina like where the bikini line is and sometimes is itchy i am scared to look at it. I only have sex w my husband, what could this be? He did have something on his butt cheek like a fungus thing i cant remember what us called but i mean how could that get on me if its on his butt? Please help? Could he be cheating??!

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      bella 6 weeks ago

      good day .. i have noticed after intercourse i took morning after pill double dose .. i never use to ge my period on right times use to get it every second month but after taking that pills i felt a tingling feeling from my lips through my body the first week i started bleeding for a week then after few days again then after 15 days again but the rash went so bad down there its a bit better but it hurts theres pimples around my vulva inside that itches and its swollen and it looks like blisters thats popped and when it itches alot it burns really bad i have tried epson salt wash detol wash and germoline ointment everythin burns like crazy nothing seems to help only thing that soothes it is sudocrem its been over a month my 2 year old also had a rash similar to that but hers is better mine is just worst should i go for blood test for stds and how is it possible i have been married for 7 years and this is the first time ever its happening. i am really scared and in lot pain.

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      Scared and freaked out. 3 months ago

      For the last two days I noticed an itching down there. Kind of like I wanted to have sex just to scratch it in there. Then after walking around all day with that moisture I felt like like lips were a little irritated and swollen. So I looked down there and freaked out when I saw some red bumps. Kind of spread out but only in the area from the opening up to the clitoris. Where any discharge would have touched the skin. Some red spots are totally flat and just red and some have a little bumpy texture. But it's really hard to see. For the last couple weeks, I noticed a slight fishy smell but I thought it would go away on its own after my period. But that's not for another 2 weeks. A guy did touch me down there over a month ago and that's when I first noticed the fishy smell. I thought maybe some bacteria got in there. But it finally when away after my period. But lately it's been back. It's just a slight fishy smell even after I shower. Very unusual for me. I am natural down there. Never use any perfumes, or douche, and I only use sensitive non fragrance dove soap. And don't even use tampons. But the red spots are freaking me out. They came up yesterday and seem to kind of be flattening out today. After shower, I put Vaseline on there so the discharge wouldn't touch the skin while I slept. Please help! What do you think it is? And thank you for all you do here. It's really helpful!

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      Itchy rash 4 months ago

      I've been paranoid for the last week! I'm on hormonal brith control and many weeks ago, my boyfriend started having a burning sensation on his tip and what looks like over used skin. Recently we both shaved and had sex, shortly after, we both got rashes. It looks like ingrown hairs that have been rubbed too hard. Mine looks splotchy and spread out where public hair is. Some of the areas I can squeeze out small scabby liquid. I've had the intense itching for 6 days. My uvula is a bit swollen on one side. I have swollen groin lymph nodes. It seems to be getting better and anti itch cream doesn't seem to help me. Please help!!

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      unknown 4 months ago

      i have these red bumps come up on my legs, thigh, back and front of my arms. concern because they will not go away at all, looks like they clear up but comes right back, could this be herpes also.

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      Itchygirl 4 months ago

      Hello I can't recall how long this been going on. However, I am always itchy in my private area especially during my menstrual cycle. The bumps are flat. No puss.No smell. Just itchy i usually scratch until i break skin then it burns when I shower. What do you think is the cause?

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      Marie 5 months ago

      Hello. I have a few tiny bumps on the right inside of my labium minus. They are uncomfortable & slightly itchy, and same color as my Labium. No clumpy or fowl smelling discharge. I think when we had sex it irritated the bumps & caused pain. I just finished ovulating. I do have HPV, am married and monogamous. We went to the pool this past weekend & spent most days in our swim suits. I have been rubbing coconut oil down there, to try and prevent using a Monistat. Got any advice?

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      Maddy 5 months ago

      Hi I'm 54yrs old not sexually active for yrs. I have pimples in my labia..but they are extremely itchy only at night...during the day I don't feel any discomfort or itch. Many nights the itch wakes me up that's how bad it gets. Please help.

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      Mindy 6 months ago

      After having sex 4 days later i experienced what i thought was a uti i got medicine for it but it didnt work that night i started itching down there and next morning i experienced what looks like open sores on my vaginal area and they were tender to the touch few days later they stopped hurting when i shower the water on it looks like puss but it just washes off i had only one on my vaginal lip the rest on top where i shave a week later they are still here but dont hurt what can this be there not bumps just open scabs almost

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      JanisJop 6 months ago

      For the past couple of years I sometimes get itchy on just one side of my vulva (labia minora). I've noticed there is a small bump there now. What could this be? I don't have STDs and I have had children.

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      Very concerned 6 months ago

      HI, I'm not sure how to describe everything. I have a rash on my public region. they are very small flat rash. closer to my vagina "on my bikini liner" I have about two/three bumps that itch. I can't see it they are filled with puss or not. They don't hurt, just itch. I'm sexual active and have had several partners in the last year. I have had these rashes before and i am very sensitive to razor burn. Could it be from the condoms, friction or using panty liners? I just finished my period, then the rash came. Help Please.

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      Amelia 6 months ago

      Hello, I have a bump at the top of my vagina for about a week and I'm 13 and didn't have any sex but it got smaller today and I'm scared I might have herpes. The bump hurts but it's smooth and a bit red but it got smaller today

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      San 7 months ago

      I had sex with my new boyfriend 2 months ago a week later discover itching discomfort bump on inner lip of the vagina doctor checks for herpes negative it went away now it's back again what could that be itchy and discomfort

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      afifa khan 9 months ago

      Hi Racheal. Thank you for your advise. you really helped me out.

      i just wanted to ask you 1 more query -

      my partner got tested and it had come out as scrotal calcinosis - i myself is from medical background and as far as i know these are not transferable and seems to be not painful also.

      just wanted to know what can be done in this concern??

      Note - we do had intercourse several times from last 6 months and i am perfectly fine.

      Do reply as i am waiting.

      Thank you in advance

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      PW 9 months ago

      I woke up and changed my clothes afew days ago to see a small (almost looking like a pimple but it's not red or anything) bump at the top of my vagina. It's where the lips (I'm sorry I don't know how to say this right I'm fairly young and have terrible anxiety) and I started to panic. I put some lotion on it and it's gone down some but not fully. It hasn't spread. Like I said I'm fairly young, still vergin so I know it's no

      STD or STI. I'm afraid to tell my mother because she's going to overreact. I'm scared because my family has a long line of cancer on both side that skips generations. It doesn't look like any picture on this sight so I'm alittle scared. Any ideas what it is? If it doesn't heal by the end of next month I'm going to confront my mother about this

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      9 months ago

      Hy dear..m a 24 years old.never involved in sexual activities..recently 2 to 3 small hard vesicles appeared on the skin of my labia majora.they are asymptomatic and hard and white .afterwards 2 others appeared at some distance..m just too worried as they are not going since almost 20 days...same as started..please tell me what can it be..they are neither itchy nor bursting no other symptom...

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      Myldredlbg1998 9 months ago

      Hi i'm not how this works but i need help. This morning when i woke up i notice that i had bumps that looks like Folliculitis and i have 13 of them some are spread and 4 of them are close, i'm not sure if it's because of my razor. But this is my first time having it and the boy that I've had sex with told me he was clean. But it does inch i'm not sure is its herpes or not but i am scared. Please help me .

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      jen 9 months ago

      i have a lot of bb sized lumps under the skin in my labia minora and nearby area, sometimes the swell and itch. i havent found anything that sounds like this anywhere. any ideas?

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      Shay 9 months ago

      Hello. I have 3 bumps on my labia minora. They don't look like warts, herpes, or any of the other bumps other websites have suggested. They don't itch or burn, if anything I can't feel them. Could it just be from irritation? Last time I had sex was in semptember and were in feb now.. they haven't changed either. Would you maybe know what this could be?

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      Audrey Hash 10 months ago

      I shaved my vigina and I cut myself couple times it hurt the next day it turned into small itchy bumps and they keep getting bigger its been a week now I don't know what to do what is it and what do I do

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      wtfudge 10 months ago

      I had sex the other night and have been uncomfortable ever since. I've been itching near the opening and then when I got a mirror today and looked down there there are a bunch of small red bumps down there on the right side. I'm freaking out because I've never had anything like this. Could it just be irritation from the lubricant used? Will it go away on its own? I'm super terrified because I have no clue what's going on with me.

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      diana 10 months ago

      Hey rachael . Ive got some question . I did sexual intercourse about 6 days before. And now i got a little pimple like lump inside my vagina not outside the lips of vagina. Its feel itchy . It did not feel rough to touch. Its soft. Is it kind of warts or herpes?

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      Kay 10 months ago

      hello Rachel

      days ago i developed symptoms which seemed like an uti infection, underwent treatment and then had a very itchy virgina and a burning sensation,...ever since i have developed painful sores around the opening of my virgina...i went for urine tests but the doctor said my urine is clear and there's nothing wrong with me...what causes that?

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Jenny Fisher,

      There is no way to determine what the bumps may be without additional details. Please reply with answers to the following questions so I can help you further:

      How long have you had these bumps?

      What size are they?

      Are the bumps clustered together, or spread apart?

      Have they gotten larger, or stayed the same size?

      Are they hard or soft to the touch?

      I look forward to your reply.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Jenny Fisher 10 months ago

      I have some red bumps around and in my vaginal opening, and on my inner vagina lips. I have had sex with my boyfriend, but he doesn't have any STD's...I don't know what it is?

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Jessica N.,

      The bump you are describing is a blood blister. Vaginal blood blisters are common since this area is very vascular and sensitive. It may have been caused from a variety of things including tampons, friction, or even clogged sweat glands. Blood blisters on the vagina are often painful and itchy.

      This blood blister will go away on its own within about 1 week. Touching it will prolong the healing.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Erica,

      Condoms will cause this reaction, and it will only get worse if you are washing the genital area with soap. Please be sure to wash with ONLY water, and the irritation should go away on its own.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @afifa khan,

      These do sound like benign bumps. My advice is to continue following the advice and treatment plan prescribed by your physician. These bumps are not sexually transmitted, and will not spread to your partner via intercourse.

      I am however concerned about the bumps on your partners testicles. Please do not have sex with him until he provides you with a written statement from the physician that states his bumps are a birth condition (in medical terminology), or go to the physician's office with him to be certain. Testicular bumps are typically not a birth condition, and in the slim chance they are, the physician would have used different terms for them such as hereditary, along with medical terminology for the specified type of bump.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Lola,

      This sounds like either friction from the forceful penetration, or a reaction to condom friction. Be sure to use a lubricant to prevent friction and painful intercourse in the future. Also, make sure the lubricant is WATER-BASED only since lubes with other ingredients may cause the condom to break-down and fail.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @skulster,

      To avoid these benign bumps, please regularly wash the affected area (at least two to three times daily), and keep it dry and free from moisture. (If you must wear underwear) be sure to avoid silk or fabric that traps moisture, and wear only those created with cotton.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @J,

      This does not sound like an STD, but rather a condition known as Folliculitis. Folliculitis is caused by sweat or friction from clothing that blocks a hair follicle on or around the vagina.

      This condition will heal on its own within 1 to 2 weeks. For relief, a warm compress or saltwater rinse is effective.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi @Cindy,

      Your symptoms incline me to believe a condition known as lichen sclerosus is responsible. These small, pearly, itchy white spots are caused by inflammation within the affected area. A visit to your ob/gyn for verification, and prescription medication treatment, which may include a topical steroid, is necessary.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @v,

      The lumpy discharge and itching you are experiencing is the cause of a yeast infection. If this is your first infection, please see your physician for verification and medication.

      If you've previously been diagnosed with yeast infections in the past, and are confident this is what you are experiencing, you may treat the yeast infection at home with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream such as Monistat. This medication will relieve the itching, and cure the infection.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @helpplease,

      These bumps are benign, with no cause for concern. They are a reaction to either friction of your pad rubbing against the area, or are an allergic reaction to the pad itself. Please use a different menstrual pad brand, and wash the affected area every time you use the restroom to clear up the bumps, and prevent future outbreaks.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @margieeeeeeNg,

      Although you are not "very" sexually active, you have had intercourse. The bumps you describe are likely herpes bumps. Please see your ob/gyn for confirmation, and medication. For over-the-counter relief of these bumps you may apply Acyclovir cream to the affected areas. Acyclovir does not prevent future outbreaks, but it does speed the healing of current bumps, and alleviate pain caused from them.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi H,

      These bumps are caused from clogged hair follicles, and are common with shaving curly hair too close to the skin. The bumps will vanish on their own. To prevent this from happening again, either discontinue shaving, or ensure you are shaving with a new, sharp razor.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 10 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi @Lexi212,

      I am confident this single bump is caused from an allergic reaction to either pads or tampons, or a change in laundry detergent. Revert back to your old product brands to see if this cures the bump.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Jessica N. 11 months ago

      And Im getting pretty worried. This has never happened to me before. I normally wash my vaginal area with soap. Could it be that?

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      Jessica N. 11 months ago

      Hi, Im a 20 year old virgen. 2 days ago I noticed this itch on my vaginal area. So I took a look to see what was going on, when I tried to see what it was I couldnt see anything but then I took a small mirror to get a better look, than I saw one single red bump about as big as a pencil eraser and its very dark red on the top. It itches like crazy and it bother me when I walk and sit. Its located right under my vaginal opening on the right side.

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      Erica 12 months 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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      afifa khan 13 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

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      U Rimportant 14 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

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      Lola 14 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???

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      maiden 15 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.

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      Alisha Gupta 15 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..

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      Sarah 15 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!!!

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      jessica 15 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?

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      skulster 15 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

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      16 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!

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      Cindy 16 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

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      16 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

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      helpplease 16 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.

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      margieeeeeeNg 16 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

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      16 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?

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      Lexi212 17 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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Evane!

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 17 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Lovely Evaine 17 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!

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      Love 17 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

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      19 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.

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      jas 19 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??

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      hmr2016 21 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.

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      kits 22 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

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      tammy 22 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.

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      Flamingo97 23 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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      Rachael M Ryhn 23 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Kim,

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

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael M Ryhn 23 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 23 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      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

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      Kim 23 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?

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      Anna 24 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!

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      Anna 24 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)

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      am 2 years 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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello kaseylanes,

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

      Best,

      Rachael

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      NJgirl 2 years 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?

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      2 years ago

      A few days ago I noticed a bump on my vagina. It is tender to the touch and is red but does not itch. I have not had sexual intercourse in six years. It is just one bump with a black dot in the middle of it. I'm freaking out. What can it be?

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      LuisaVenus 2 years 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...

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      horsegirl94 2 years 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.

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      Hailee 2 years 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.

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      kaseylanes 2 years 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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

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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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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

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      Texasgirl 2 years 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.

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      Michelle 2 years 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.

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      blcleg 2 years 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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      Rachael M Ryhn 2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      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