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.
You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.
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.