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Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina

Although they are not very common, it is possible that at some time you have observed an inflamed spot or boil in your vagina. If you're wondering why might that be, or if it mean there's something wrong, stay with us. Pimples, spots or bumps in the vaginal area are not always a sign of alarm, but you should be alert to any changes occurring in this area, because it is extremely sensitive and delicate.

You will have to seek medical advice quickly if these formations are accompanied by other symptoms, since they may be a result of diseases that can compromise your sexual health. Keep reading this OneHowTo article to identify all possible causes and to answer the question why do I have a pimple in my vagina.

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  1. Pimples in the genital area
  2. Ingrown hairs in the genital area
  3. Vaginal yeast infection
  4. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  5. Bartholin's Cyst
  6. Treatment for vaginal pimples

Pimples in the genital area

On certain occasions, in the same way as they appear in other areas of the body, pimples or spots can appear in the genital area - in specific places such as the labia or on their periphery. These are presented as red spots with a white central point, indicating that there is pus inside, and that results from an accumulation of fat in the area.

In addition, factors such as the use of harsh soaps, synthetic fabrics rubbing or moisture can also lead to their appearance. They are not very common, but if they are observed, it is important not to squeeze or pop them and to wait for them to disappear on their own. If after two days they have not disappeared and become worse instead, then it is possible that it is another type of problem. Go to a gynecologist or general practitioner to take a look at it.

Ingrown hairs in the genital area

The most common type of spots in the genital area are the result of ingrown hairs. The spots form because a hair follicle becomes infected as the hair grows and cannot reach the surface. This is condition is called folliculitis.

In this case, the pimple in the vagina is manifested with redness, pus and possibly local inflammation, plus it can be accompanied by severe pain. You can apply hot compresses on the area to facilitate the exit of embedded hair, but if you notice a lot of swelling, pain or a severe infection, you should seek medical advice to initiate appropriate treatment, which may include the administration of topical or oral antibiotics, as appropriate.

It is convenient to know that most times these ingrown hairs are the result of bad habits in routine pubic hair removal, so prevent its occurrence:

  • Exfoliate the area with a mild lotion once a week.
  • Avoid shaving the pubic area with a razor, since it's the method that most favors the formation of ingrown hairs. If you're going shave your pubic hair, use shaving foam and a multiple blade razor. When you're done, hydrate the skin with moisturizing lotion.
  • Remove hair following the direction of growth and never shave when dry.
  • If you wax your pubic hair, it is important not to use the same strip or band several times.
Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina - Ingrown hairs in the genital area

Vaginal yeast infection

If instead of observing a single pimple in your vagina or vulva you've noticed many small spots which also are accompanied by itching in the labia and inside the vagina, it's most likely a fungal infection, the most common of which is vaginal candidiasis.

In addition to itching, other symptoms that can alert you of a vaginal yeast infection are important changes in vaginal discharge, which may be more abundant, white, thick and watery in aspect. There can also be swelling and redness in the vulva and discomfort when urinating and when having sexual relations.

If these symptoms manifest, you must go to your gynecologist as soon as possible. You'll need a treatment with antifungals to get rid of the infection completely. These may be administered in various ways, either locally by topical ointments, by the insertion of ova into the vagina, or orally by taking capsules or tablets for a certain period.

If you want more details, please consult the OneHowTo article on how to cure vaginal yeast infection.

Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina - Vaginal yeast infection

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Certain sexually transmitted diseases can cause the appearance of pimples in your vagina, as is the case of human papillomavirus (HPV). Although sometimes the infection is asymptomatic, in other cases genital warts - small and soft lumps or spots - are developed inside the vagina, the skin surrounding the vaginal opening, the cervix or in and around the anus.

HPV is spread very easily by having sex with an infected person, so if you see this kind of bumps on your genital area and you've had unprotected sex, it is essential that you contact your gynecologist to perform checks and tests.

We should also mention genital herpes, an STD caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. In some cases it does not generate significant symptoms, but in others it may present a kind of small fluid-filled blisters and pain in the labia, vagina, around the anus, on the buttocks or thighs. These can accompany other symptoms such as overall malaise, fever, muscle aches, etc.

Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina - Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

Bartholin's Cyst

A Bartholin cyst or abscess can also lead you to believe you have a pimple in your vagina; although it is not actually a spot or pimple, it looks and feels like such. A so-called Bartholin cyst is an accumulation of pus that results in the appearance of a bulge in one of the Bartholin's glands, which are located right by the sides of the vaginal opening.

Specifically, these glands have the function of producing a mucosal fluid that keeps the vaginal opening moist. However, when its outlet is blocked, the fluid cannot drain to the outside, accumulating and causing gland inflammation and the appearance of a cyst. When it appears, it is essential to go see a doctor to determine the exact cause and to see if it is necessary to drain the abscess through a small surgical intervention.

Treatment for vaginal pimples

All of the above conditions can answer the question why do I have a pimple in my vagina, and as you have seen in each of them we have stressed the importance of visiting the doctor or gynecologist. The treatment will depend on the cause of the vaginal spot. In some cases, the administration of oral or topical medications is enough, but in others it is possible that you will have to resort to surgery.

It is very important that you protect your sexual health and undergo the appropriate gynecological examinations. See a doctor promptly if you notice any lump in your genitals which does not disappear after a few days, especially if accompanied by other symptoms.

Why Do I Have a Pimple in my Vagina - Treatment for vaginal pimples

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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