Boil on Vaginal Lip Area

A boil on outer labia is localized skin infection. The cause may be an infection of a pulled hair strand, an ingrown hair or a clogged sweat gland.

Like on any other place on the body, a boil may get formed on the skin of the vaginal lips. A boil is a lump filled with pus, which is composed of bacteria, tissue debris and WBCs.

Treating a Boil

Complete drainage of the pus should be done and an antibiotic cover  should be provided for a week.

Managing the Boil at Home

  • If your boil is soft and spongy, it is ready for drainage. Try warm compress over the boil to soften its outer skin covering. Do this thrice a day with clean wash cloths each time.
  • As the boil softens, it is usually possible to drain it gently. This is done by slowly pressing from below, encouraging the pus to come out. You get relieved from pain as soon as pus starts coming out from the boil.
  • Do not force drainage. Let the process take three to five days. Drain as much pus as comes out easily in one sitting. You may use Sodium fusidate 2% ointment cream over the wound/boil as an antibiotic cover for a week’s time, till complete drainage is achieved.

Hospital Drainage of the Labia Boil

Sometimes, it is not possible to drain pus at home. This happens when either it’s difficult to approach the boil or the outer covering of the boil is not soft.

  • In such cases, you need to go to the doctor to get your boil drained. Remember, it is essential to drain the pus from the boil. Pus is infected material accumulated at one place.
  • Doctor drains the boil by making a small clean incision at its summit or tip. Incision is followed by drainage. Your doctor may drain all the pus in one sitting or may call you again to drain pus gradually in two or more sittings.
  • Asepsis needs to be observed during drainage. This is followed by proper bandaging.
  • You may ask your doctor to use a local anesthesia during the procedure. An antibiotic cover may be given for a week. Commonly used antibiotic is cloxacillin.

Some vaginal boils are more resistant to treatment because the causative organism is more virulent or aggressive.

They require repeated drainage. They are drained every alternate day using sterile instruments. Antibiotics are continued till they get absolutely alright.

Steps to Avoid Recurrence of Boils

  • Boils are usually very contagious. Always wash your hands thoroughly after touching your boil. Make sure you don’t touch the surrounding skin area with contaminated hands.
  • Adequate and repeated drainage of pus is essential. There should be no leaking pus in the lip region of vagina, because this fluid is very infectious and may lead to further boils.
  • Weal loose breathable cotton undergarments only. This will help in keeping the vaginal area dry. Trapped moisture may aid in the growth of such boils.
  • Keep your genital area clean and dry. Wash it with plain water twice a day and dab it with a clean wash towel.
  • Avoid any scented product, soap or douche for vagina. Such products may lead to irritation and further aggravate the infection.
  • Eat less of fried and fatty stuff. Consume more of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water. All this helps in quicker recovery of infection.
  • Consider taking yogurt, if possible home-made yogurt, twice a day. This helps in maintaining the required pH in the vaginal area. Optimal vaginal pH makes it difficult for any bacteria to grow in an abnormal way.
  • Avoid taking too much of sugary foodstuff. These aid in bacterial growth.
  • Avoid stomach upsets, both constipation and diarrhea. Taking adequate dietary fibers on a daily basis may ensure this.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Boil on Labia of Vagina

  1. Mona

    Thank you so much for responding. To answer your question on the antibiotic- I was first given 5 days of antibiotics twice a day on Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim 800/160 tablets, that is Bactrim DS. Then I was given (and am still on) Erythromycin Base 500 mg tablets (30 day supply but 6 refills given)- taken once a day in the evening.

    A few follow-up questions: do I drain them myself at home? If so how or is it only done by a doctor? This is a skin infection- do I see a dermatologist or keep seeing my OB-GYN doctor?

    The pain has subsided much but I’ve had this thing now almost a month and the size is shrinking a little. But it’s still there and does bother me. It doesn’t really feel like it has anymore pus so nothing has drained for a few days. Do hot epson salt baths help or make it worse?

    Could this have happened because I am gluten sensitive. I don’t have Celiac disease but am very intolerant and accidentally ate some gluten recently. I live a gluten free lifestyle but on occasion I accidentally ingest something that I later find out had gluten. Thank you so much for replying. I really appreciate it and find comfort that it will go away.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may try warm compress at home. Do them regularly twice a day. This will soften the pimple and drain the pus, if any.

      No instrumentation to be done at home. Also, don’t apply force when draining the pimple. Only the pus which comes out easily needs to be cleaned on a daily basis.

      The antibiotics you mentioned are alright. Still, you may add a topical antibiotic ointment in your treatment. Mupirocin (bactroban) is easily available in the market. Apply it over your lesion twice a day, after each warm compress. Preferably, put it on the pimple before bedtime, so that it stays there throughout the night.

      Your gluten sensitivity is unlikely to be linked with your problem.

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      1. Taara

        I can no longer see any pus on my boil however the lump is still there. Should I continue applying warm compress until it disappear? I still have 3 days to complete my antibiotic. Thank you.

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          1. Shay

            I have a big bump right on the right outside of my vag . It wasn’t hurting until yesterday and I’ve had it for about 4 days now . I can’t really see it like I want to but it hurts .. Any help please ??

          2. Buddy M.D. Post author

            Likely to be a clogged gland that has got infected. You may start using an antibiotic ointment over it.

  2. Mona

    Thanks again for responding. Will the antibiotic help with the itchy pain? The pain had subsided but today came back and is uncomfortable.

    Also, if I need to get it drained again, do I see my OB-Gyn or a dermatologist? The size has come down some but is it normal that it’s still a good size and has already been a month almost?

    My final question- can I still have sex with my husband if I have this on my labia? It stinks because we are trying to get pregnant with which we have had difficulties. So, we are trying on my ovulation days but this has made me not want to but I have had sex a couple of times.

    But I think that may be a reason that this is taking longer to heal because both times the boil got bigger the day after. Again, thank you to this website, it has been most helpful.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The antibiotic would give relief in both pain and itching. Itching is a good sign. In infectious boils, this symptom usually implies healing.

      Just continue with your treatment. May be you don’t require any further drainage. If required, go to your gyne.

      It would be better to abstain from sex and let the boil heal first.

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  3. Mona

    I got the antibiotic ointment that you recommended about 2 weeks ago. I was so excited when last week the boil finally started to go down and went away completely for 1 week. I did finish my antibiotic (although I had several refills) about 1 week ago but continued with the ointment everyday since I got it.

    Well, yesterday I started to feel pain and today I have the same huge boil on my labia (same place, grew back to same size).

    Is this normal? Could me finishing my 30 days supply of the antibiotic and stopping it last week cause something? Maybe it wasn’t fully healed?

    I’m just so frustrated because it was going away and went down and now it’s back. It is so uncomfortable and painful. I am praying I don’t have to get it drained because I cried when they put the needle to numb it down there.

    I refilled my antibiotic medicine today and am continuing with the ointment but just wondering why it would come back so quickly in the same place? Is my body getting hooked on the antibiotic and I have to keep taking it for me not to have the boil come back?

    I don’t like to be on medicine long and plus my husband and I are trying to get pregnant. But now I can’t have sex again because it came back.

    Please help because I am so confused on how to handle this painful issue that I just can’t believe reoccurred again in the same spot so quickly. I’ve now been dealing with this for over 45 days. Thank you so much for your help.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are not having any fever, stop taking all oral antibiotics. Just do warm compresses and apply mupirocin over the boil this time. You will be able to drain it slowly at home itself.

      There are many reasons for recurrent boils. One of them is having too many oral antibiotics. These medicines kill the bacteria, both good and bad, down there and disturb the flora of the area. The pH of the vagina is also affected.

      Hence the natural protection given to the area is destroyed. So the area becomes prone to outside infections. Read more on recurrent boils and pimples.

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  4. Clare

    Thank you for your effort in solving problems.
    I have been experiencing boil before but for one year now I haven’t see it again till when I have sex with my partner the boil came back again, very painful.

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  5. Al

    Can you help me? I have this bump down there, it’s shiny and pink. So it looks like a boil but I’m not too sure. It has been there for almost two weeks, but it doesn’t look like it contains any pus. It only hurts with friction or when it is messed with. I won’t be able to see a obgyn until a couple of weeks from now. I would like to know what it could be and if I can do anything to make it go away. Any advice would really help.

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  6. Mona

    I had a boil on my labia about 3 weeks ago. I never had one before. It was super painful and difficult to walk and was large about the size of my thumb. It grew fast- 3 days or so. I went to the doctor who ended up draining it and giving me a 5 days antibiotic. I had to do a follow-up appointment, the next week. Well, I was shocked that it didn’t go away but the pain was way better. Turns out it was no longer infected but still the boil was there. So she had to drain it a second time and gave me more antibiotics. Now it’s been 2 weeks and it’s still there! I’m so frustrated and just sick of hurting and now it’s itchy. I’ve done several hot baths in the last few days with epson salt. I also have been wearing a gauze pad down there to alleviate any friction. One day blood popped out but it’s still there with same size and pain. I’m still taking this 30 days antibiotic that is half way done. How long can a boil in your labia last? Is it normal? Why it has been there for 3 weeks and still not gone? I’m beginning to freak out. Should I go to a different obgyn? Please help, I am feeling desperate. God Bless.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may talk to your doctor about more frequent drainage of your lesion. This will shorten the recovery time of your boil and you will have to take lesser antibiotics. Read above for details.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may try warm compress over the boil, twice daily for 3 to 5 days. This may gradually suppress it.

      Read more on the topic above.

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  7. natasha

    Hi, I am a person who usually get large boils under my armpits and small pimples with pus on my vagina, but this time, I got a huge pimple on my vagina which is far bigger than a normal big boil. It doesn’t have any pus in and it isn’t sore but uncomfortable. I’ve never had sexual contact with any body and I’m 26 years old. It’s very hard and big and it’s getting really larger. Can you please tell me the cause and what can I do about it doctor?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This hard lump is likely to have pus in it. Try doing warm compress over it. This would soften it.

      You may start applying mupirocin (bactroban) ointment over the pimples. If it doesn’t improve in a day or two, you may need to take oral antibiotics.

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  8. Tonya Fulghum

    I have a large pimple like bump under my vagina. I pop it and it comes back, it has yellow or white pus that comes out, it gets as big as my index finger. Please help me.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, it is suggested you get yourself screened for the presence of STDs.

      Recurrence of the pimple may be due to spilling of infected pus into the surrounding area.

      You need to keep the area clean and dry. Avoid spilling of infected pus. Wash the area twice daily and dry dab it with a clean towel, taking care that infected pus does not touch healthy skin areas.

      Start applying mupirocin (bactroban) over the pimple. This ointment is available over the counter. Apply it twice a day for a week.

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  9. Tati

    Hi. I have this boil right above my vagina and it’s been there for a long time. It’s a hard bump. No pus or any pain. I just feel the bump. I’m not sure what to do about that. I also just recently went to the washroom to pee when I felt a sting. I checked it out and with in my vagina lips I found a small bump and it was bleeding out. I got worried. What do you suggest I do.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, see a doctor at the earliest for physical exam. The possibility of having any STD needs to be ruled out.

      If not, this may be infected pimples. Start applying antibiotic cream (mupirocin) over it. Apply it twice daily for 5 days.

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  10. Chan

    I’ve had a boil on top of my vagina. It has since drained and has a big hole so I’ve been putting bacitracin on it repeatedly the hole is almost closed but still a little swollen around it and just today it’s been really itchy. Is it itchy because it’s healing or could it be something else?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Just continue applying bacitracin, till the boil is alright and you see no swelling or redness around it.

      Itchiness may be due to healing.

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  11. Meenat

    Hi doc, I have been to hospital several times, but it was confirm is not an infection but am disturb seeing my private part rough. I do have boil and bumps. It has given me mark. I am wondering if there is any cream I can use to treat them. Thanks.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The presence of boils and bumps do point towards some infection. You may require some antibiotic treatment. See a gyne for exact diagnosis.

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  12. Anonymous

    PAST THREE DAYS NOW I HAD A VERY BIG BOIL IN MY VAGINAL AND IS NOT SHOWING OF PASSING PUS AND IS VERY PAINFUL. WHAT CAN I DO? THANKS.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Do warm compress over it before you sleep. Then apply mupirocin ointment over the boil. Do this for 3 to 5 days.

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  13. Freebird

    I’m 17, and I have this bump inside the lip of my vagina and it is painful. This is my first time having something like this. I am a virgin, so I don’t know why it’s there. Too embarrassed to ask my mom so please help me out.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It appears to be an infected cyst. You may apply mupirocin ointment over it. Apply it thrice daily for a week.

      Apart from it, try warm compress over it. This would help promote its drainage and reduce pain. Wear loose cotton underwear to keep the area clean, dry and to avoid friction.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Do warm compress over it. This may help you drain the pus inside it, if any.

      Start applying a topical antibiotic cream, like mupirocin, over it. Apply it thrice daily for a week.

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  14. Josephine Castillo

    I had a boil on my vaginal lips on the right side. It popped and healed. Now I’ve noticed that I have another bump on my left side on the outside of the vaginal lips & just noticed a very small pea like in the inner lips. But the outside one is bigger. Looks more like an in grown hair but could be a boil. I’ve treated it more like my last boil. Not sure what to do. Wait in to see if it will be a boil or just ingrown hair or pimple. Does it usually happen like that?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This is an infected boil. Keep it clean and dry. Avoid rubbing or any other friction over it. Wear loose cotton under wears only.

      You may do warm compresses over it. This would help in draining out pus from it, if any. Also, start applying an antibiotic cream, like mupirocin ointment, over it thrice daily. You may need to apply it for a week.

      Avoid the fluid coming out of the boil to get in touch with the nearby skin. This fluid is infected and may give rise other more of such boils. You need to wash the area daily and keep it clean and dry.

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  15. Jenna Ray

    I have white pus bumps on my vagina and they aren’t hard. They aren’t very painful but are inflamed. I don’t know what it could be or how to treat it. I shave completely down there and I sweat a lot from playing sports.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      These bumps need to be drained. You may try warm compress over it to gently drain them. Also, start applying a topical antibiotic over them. Apply it thrice a day for a week.

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  16. Annie

    Hello Doc,

    I am 28 year old virgin, and working as research scholar, have the same problem of recurrence of boils over again and again in my vaginal area. Sometimes it come up at outer region of labia and most of the time inner side which is very painful. I had treatment for about 2 years but still not get rid of it. As every Dr. had instructed me not to use aroma products, have yogurt, lots of fruits, keep that area clean and dry. I had managed to do everything. But still I’m facing the same problem. And this time I got frustrated because every time when I feel now it’s gone, it come up abruptly.
    What should I do, please do suggest me. Because of this my work got affected severely.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      For now, start applying mupirocin ointment over the boils. Apply it twice daily for a week.

      May be the pus (infective material) coming out of one boil is touching the surrounding area and leading to the occurrence of more boils.

      Be vigilant about keeping the area clean. Wipe clean the boil with a clean cotton ball each time, taking care that it doesn’t touches/ infects the surrounding area.

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  17. Susie

    I am not sexual active but I have this itch and at times it’s worst. Also, have it seems like a boil but still under the skin. What can I do for the itching.

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  18. Ruthie

    I had this boil on my vagina for 2 days already and it’s stressing me. It’s hard for me to walk and even just sitting down. I didn’t know how it appeared down there but I have read several articles that it is caused by infected hair follicle. Recently, I just shaved my flower because I’m having menstrual period. Is that the effect of shaving while having period? Will this be quickly gone? I can’t go to work cause I can’t walk normally and last night, the pain made me cry cause I can’t sleep and can’t lie down easily until 4am. Hope you can answer my question. Thank you.

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  19. Erin Raub

    I am a seventy six year old female. I have developed a boil (?) on the outer region on my labia majora near the perineum area. It is about the size of a walnut. It’s painful, red and swollen. I am not sexually active and do not shave my groin area. I have noticed small (size of pin head) hard lumps within the labia majora (about 3) that the doctor told me was common and of no concern. I’m not sure if one of these lumps have become infected? Or just a spontaneous happening. In any case, what is the best course of action? I work full-time and it is difficult to walk :>(
    Thanking you in advance,
    Erin

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This appears to be an infected boil. You’ll have to start applying some topical antibiotic cream over it. Mupirocin ointment may be used twice daily for a week.

      Keep the area clean and dry. You may try draining the pus inside the boil by doing warm compress over it. This would ease pressure and relieve pain.

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  20. maria

    My question is I have bump like not in vagina but lower towards my butt cheeks and it hurts and it swollen. It hurt when I sit or lean on it.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be an infected pimple or a boil. You need to apply mupirocin ointment over it twice daily for a week.

      The pus inside may be drained by gentle warm compress.

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  21. darrell colbert

    I have a small ball on my left testicle but when I touch it, it doesn’t hurt me. I went to doctor, they said I have a H/O hydroycle with cyst. Told to use a jock strap and use advil and stuff. I went a week ago because of pain. I had 3 bacterial hydroycle my left testicle pain come on and off. But not painful. What do it do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      For now, you need to take antibiotics. After the bacterial infection subsides, you may go a surgeon.

      Hydroceles are usually drained aseptically.

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      1. darrell colbert

        They told me that I’m ok. It’s nothing serious. I went yesterday and they told me they don’t feel anything just told me to wear jock strap and put ice and stuff on it. They also said if I feel more pain or swelling go to my urologist. The bump I think it part of my skin. I touch it doesn’t hurt and it goes away. It is not painful at all.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Jock strap is very essential. It’s for support given to the scrotum.

          Hydrocele is a condition where fluid accumulates in the upper portion of the scrotal sac. This fluid may remain uninfected and get drained by itself. Your case appears to be so.

          Or else, it may get infected. You can suspect an infection if the area pains or appears warm on touching.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Hydrocele is a common condition. Since your swelling is not infected and gets drained by itself, nothing needs to be done.

      Just continue giving scrotal support. Be watchful for any sign of infection.

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  22. Cheryl

    Hello and thank you. I have a boil on my labia and I had one about a year ago. The pain from this is overwhelming!! I have tried several times to pop it myself, without any success and only making it hurt more and become redder around the area, I just feel if it would pop then I could squeeze it out and I would finally be out of this pain. No matter what I try it won’t pop! Sometimes I do get a tiny bit of clear fluid to come out and when I squeeze it then only blood starts to come out ! My husband says to leave it alone or it will become very infected. PLEASE HELP me. How can I pop this at home to avoid going to the doctors, if I can pop it then I would, no matter how much it HURTS, I know once it’s popped and I can squeeze the puss out then the pain will go away. I do not comoresses, very hot, all that has done so far is give me some relief for awhile. Thank you very much for your time.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Try repeated warm compresses. If this doesn’t work, you may need to go to a doctor to get it drained aseptically.

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  23. amanda

    I have a spot on labia and it had pus in it but apply cream and the pus gone now its red and a boil it has no head but soft have been using epson salt baths, its sore walking sitting, will i pop it or try drain it myself? Is annoying. Thanks 🙂

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may continue with the salt bath. It’s likely to drain by itself.

      You may continue using the antibiotic cream over it.

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  24. sophi

    i have been havings boils on my vagina for some years now,they heal and after sometime come back now they appear atimes on my butt and between the thighs…..its so embarasing help me please

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  25. Muyama

    I’m having boils all over my body. Please help because I have been to the doctor and was given antibiotics but seem develop some.

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  26. Cas

    I have a bump on my labia and its red around it. It feels very tender, painful. I was wondering if it was a boil and what I should do about it. I’m not sexually activate.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be an infected pimple. You may start warm compress over it, 2 to 3 times daily. This would soften the skin over thi bump and help in draining it out, if possible. Do not force drainage or squeeze the pimple.

      You may start applying an antibiotic ointment over it after each warm compress. Mupirocin/ bacitracin may be used.

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  27. Sakshi

    Recurring boil on groin area

    Hi, I am having recurring boil on groin area. Its comes after periods or whenever i wear tight clothes. Stays long. The pus comes out on own but by pressing it doesn’t come out. Tried warm compresses but didn’t work. Also i apply Neosporin powder(as the groin area always stays sweaty and damp). It always takes time because it gets hurt by undergarments. Also the topical medicine i apply, doesn’t stay long for the same reason.
    Please help with some antibiotics.

    Thanks

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You need to keep the area clean and dry. This is essential to prevent recurrence.

      Avoid wearing tight lowers. Wear loose cotton underwears and lowers garments for some days. Let the area breath and stay dry. Also, eat healthy. Avoid junk food and oily food stuff. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.

      You may continue using neosporin powder over the lesions.

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  28. Aisha.

    I have a very large boil near my vaginal opening it hurts to move around, sit, stand, walk, lie down is almost blocking the hole and I find it hard to urinate as it is so big. I need some pain relief also what should i do?
    I know boils in vaginal area are very common and we can get rid of these boils in few days. But I’m suffering from these boils since many years not only on labia minora but also on labia majora, they come and go and its repeating process of these acne and boils. I have tried many things I always use to wear cotton made under wear and I use to clean this area daily for two times still I’m facing these problems. I want to get relief permanently from these boils and pimples. What should I do? Please help
    I’m 22 and a virgin. Its very embarrassing to go to a doctor. But In this condition I use to take amoxi-clave or some pain killer to get relief from severe pain. Kindly help me out for permanent solution I’m fed up with this type of condition.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      For now, you’ll need to take amoxi-clave, since the lesion looks infected.

      Try warm compress over it. This may help in draining it. Remember to be gentle, do not force drainage.

      Recurrent infections down there may be related to your lifestyle. You may read here about their management.

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  29. Gina

    Im gonna go to the doctor to let my vaginal boil in the pubic area check out. Will the doctor know if im a virgin or not? Im scared she’ll tell my mother about it because im still a minor. Thanks

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      She’s unlikely to make it out unless she does an internal exam, which is not needed in this case.

      However, she may try to make a guess from your attitude. Boils out there may sometimes be due to STD infections. She may, therefore, ask you questions to know if you’re sexually active.

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  30. rhea

    I have a boil recently, actually boils. And it is located down there on the pubic area. And it’s starting to dry out and heal because it already popped. With the help of hot compression. But why is that there is still a lump? The lump is not (that?) painful though

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  31. rhea

    my boils are already healing. But i can see a pimple like bump in that area and i think it will become a boil. What over the counter ointment should i put to prevent it from getting big cause im going out of town after 3 days and i cant afford to have another boil :’( is calmoseptin ointment okay?

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  32. Anonymous

    I have a boil recently, actually boils. And it is located on the pubic area down there. And it’s starting to dry out and heal because it already popped. With the help of hot compression. But why is that there is still a lump? The lump is not (that?) painful though

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  33. Favour

    Please I have a boil that is near my vagina(where penis is being inserted)and it burst and the pain is so much.Is there any ointment am to apply to it so as reduce the pain and to make the surface to dry up????

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Try warm compress over it to help it drain. It’s likely to be filled with pus.

      Start applying mupirocin/ bactroban or any other strong antibiotic ointment over it.

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  34. Kay

    Hi,
    I keep getting a boil / pimple on the inner lip of my labia minora. I’ve noticed i usually get it a few days before my period and it stays till it gets over. But it pains a lot if anything rubs against it or if there is any sudden movement. I’m finding it difficult to walk properly now, i thinks it because rubs against the other side of the lip.
    The boil is quite red, I’ve tried taking the pus out, doesn’t seem to work. I’ve been putting hot compress for the past 2-3 days and i don’t see any improvement, it just gets bigger and more painful. I also started using fucidine to stop the boil, but it didn’t work.
    Could you please suggest what i could do. I also haven’t engaged in any sexual contact.

    Thanks

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Looks like the boil is infected. You need to start using a strong antibiotic cream over it, thrice daily. Mupirocin/ bactroban may be used.

      Since it’s getting big and painful, it’s likely to be having pus in it. A little amount of pus usually gets absorbed, once antibiotics are started. For larger amounts, drainage is needed.

      At home, this may be done by repeated warm compress.

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  35. Jaya

    Hi, I’m a 16 year old and I just got my first pimple on my pubic area. I think it might be a boil, but I’m not that sure. I’ve tried all the different home remedy, it doesn’t hurt most of the time, but sometimes it does when I move. It hurts the most when I pee, which makes me want to cry. The pimple was white and a medium size one, but now, it feels hard and rough, it’s just white and not even a bump, but it feels like a lump. Is it infected?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be infected. You may start doing warm compress over it twice daily. This may soften the skin over the pimple and help it shrink. However, do not force drainage.

      Also, start applying an antibiotic ointment over it. Mupirocin/ bacitracin may be used thrice daily.

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  36. Cindy

    Hi I have a boil in my vulva, and it’s been 4 days. Now. The boil grow excessively just about 2 thumbs. And it’s hurting me everytime I walk. I don’t even see a pus on it. And now I am taking an oral antibiotics and do the warm compress but there’s no changes. What are the. Oitment and medicine should I take? Should I visit an obygyne? But then the school doctor told me to continue the antibiotics for 10 days..

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      What antibiotics are you taking?

      Anyhow, those pills are likely to work. You may continue them for 10 days, as prescribed.

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  37. Anonymous

    It’s amoxicillin. Can I take another antibiotics like erythromycin? The boil is getting bigger and Every night I got fever. . The bump is hard and itchy sometimes. I can’t even walk properly.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Amoxicillin is better.

      Better see a gyne at his clinic. A surgical drainage of the boil may be required.

      Do give us an update.

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  38. Angel

    I have a very painful bump near my vaginal opening im 17 and is not sexually active . it hurts to walk sit stand how do i get rid of this pain

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s likely to be a boil that needs drainage. You may try repeated warm compress at home to soften the bump and help it drain. also, apply any antibiotic ointment over it after each warm compress.

      If it doesn’t drain, you may need to go to a doctor clinic for drainage.

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  39. Dia

    I have a boil in my labia majora which has a red texture. I first notoced it 4 months ago. At one time it was painful and i could feel it’s presence. i visited the obgyn, she touched it and some blood came out but she said nothing to worry. i had also shaved for the first time 4- 5 months ago. So after this doc visit, the boil started to heal, there was no more itching or pain but the boil was still there. Once a month or once in 1.5 months the boil gets slightly itchy (not painful) and then becomes okay. However, the boil has been consistently there just reduced in size. What could be the cause of it? How can i get rid of it?

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  40. Esme H.

    I have a hard bump above my clitorus and I had this before and was told it was a boil by my doctor it hurt to walk and it was draining which was good. Now it’s happened again after a few years and it hurts to wipe front to back and I tried to squeeze it but nothing happened and it hurts. I was wondering what would you recommend because I am away from my doctor I’m moving so not sure when I’ll have one again so a bit stuck as to what to do.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may try warm compress over it, 2 to 3 times daily. This may help softening the skin over the bump, and eventually drain it. Also, an antibiotic ointment may be used over it.

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  41. T

    I have had a lump on the side of my vagina for about 1 week. It doesn’t hurt really unless I put pressure on it. Problem is I’m a truck driver and I wont be home for 2 weeks. It is deep under the tissue and I cannot see any sign of it coming to the surface if the skin. So I’m not messing with it and I’m waiting to see a dr possibly if it doesnt go away when I go home. My question is if it stays or gets worse in the next couple weeks…is waiting 3 weeks too long? I dont want to get sick or anything but I cannot take the time off of work.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may need to drain it. Try warm compress over it thrice daily to soften it and help it drain gradually.

      A strong antibiotic ointment, like mupirocin, may be used.

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  42. Shelly

    Hello i have a bump now it turned to a boil and hurts badly when its next to my labia and its soft and feels like blister meaning there us puss in there should i go see a doctor i havent been sexually active in about 2 weeks or so it popped up bout 3 days ago i put warm rag on it i need help

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may continue with putting warm rags/ warm water compress over it. This may help it drain and release pus. Antibiotic course may be needed for treatment. Better see a doctor.

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  43. Shanu

    My vaginal boils have reappeared after 5 weeks , and have burst them , but the bumps are still there , and pain and iching is still there .
    How should i prevent the reappearing of them?
    What is the reason for them to reappear?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be a pimple. You may leave it as such. Just avoid friction over it. It may regress on its own with time.

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