I have, what seems like a vulva pimple. Painful, red and looks fluid filled. What could it be? How do I take care of it?

Vagina pimples may be caused due to many reasons such as ingrown hairs, sexually transmitted diseases, sebaceous gland cysts, etc. and some of these pimples may be filled with pus. Usually, Herpes, which is a sexually transmitted disease, causes vagina pimples which are itchy and reddish in color.

This sexually transmitted disease can affect women and men and can possibly reoccur several times after the first infection. Many people are not even aware they have it because they may have no symptoms at all, or they may be so mild that they are practically unnoticeable. But for those who do have symptoms, herpes is characterized by sores that are itchy and painful.

After many days, the pain may be followed by tiny white or red blisters. The blisters may burst and form ulcers which bleed or ooze. They eventually heal after the formation of scabs. The ulcers can cause tenderness and pain in the genital area and may also cause painful urination. It may also be accompanied by fever, headaches and muscle aches.

Genital herpes has no cure. However, drugs can reduce symptoms and minimize the chance of passing on the infecting.

Some self-care measures which may help ease pain are as follows:

  • Hygiene is crucial. Wash hands often, and make sure fingernails are always clean. Also, avoid touching the pimple.
  • Soak affected part in lukewarm water.
  • Pat dry, and if painful dry with a hair dryer (keep setting on low and cool).
  • Always keep the area clean and dry. Cornstarch can be used to keep the area dry.
  • Women should avoid using talcum powder on the part to keep it dry, as it increases the risk of ovarian cancer.
  • Avoid synthetic underwear; opt for cotton as cotton is better at absorbing moisture.
  • Avoid excessive heat.
  • Avoid scented or antibacterial soaps.
  • Promote air circulation to the area by wearing loose and comfortable clothes.
  • Apply a cool cloth on the area to ease pain. You could also try an ice pack. Ice may ease the pain and may also subdue the virus thereby preventing regular relapse.
  • Drink adequate amount of water.
  • Avoid sex.

  1. http://www.umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_home_treatments_preventive_measures_herpes_simplex_000052_8.htm
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/genital-herpes/DS00179/DSECTION=symptoms

answered by G M

Remember the following points to ease your condition -

  • Wear soft, clean, comfortable cotton panties and avoid scratching or popping it.
  • Hot compresses would also help. Take a cotton cloth, dip it in hot water and squeeze to remove excess water. Apply this hot cloth on the vulva. Wash and repeat.

f it gets worse or if it grows in size then consult a gynecologist who would diagnose the problem and treat the cause. 

answered by S P

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