Boil on Vaginal Lip Area
Q: I had a boil on my labia about 3 weeks ago (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 day 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 give 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 several days with epson salt one day. I also have been wearing a gauze pad down there to alleviate any friction and one day blood popped out but it’s still there and same size and still hurts. I’m still taking this 30 day antibiotic (1/2 way done)- how long can a boil in your labia last? Is it normal? Why 3 weeks and still not gone? I’m beginning to freak out. Should I go to a different obgyn? Please help- feeling desperate. God Bless.
- By Mona
A boil on outer labia is localized skin infection. The cause may be 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 labia majora of vagina. Essentially, a boil is filled with pus, which is a mixture of bacteria, tissue debris and WBCs.
Treating a boil
Complete drainage of the pus is done and an antibiotic cover is given for a week.
May be, in your case, the pus was inadequately drained. What antibiotics did you take?
Also, some vaginal boils are more resistant to treat. This may be because the causative organism causing them is more virulent or aggressive.
They require repeated draining. They are drained every alternate day using sterile instruments. Antibiotics are continued till they get absolutely alright.
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.
You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.
Steps to avoid the recurrence of such boils
- Boils are usually very contagious. Always wash your hands thoroughly after touching your boil. Make sure you don’t touch any other place down there with contaminated hands.
- Adequate and repeated drainage of pus is essential. There should be no leaking pus in the lip region of vagina, since this fluid is very infectious and can lead to further boils.
- Weal loose breathable cotton undergarment only. This will help in keeping the vaginal area dry. Trapped moisture in the area 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 after each wash.
- Avoid any scented product, soap or douche for the vagina. Such products may lead to irritation and further aggravate the infection.
- Eat less of fried fatty stuff. Consume more of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water. All this helps in quicker recovery of the infection.
- Consider taking yogurt, if possible home-made yogurt, twice a day. This helps in maintaining the required pH in the vaginal area. Vaginal pH is maintained such that it makes it difficult for any bacteria to grow there in a normal way.
- If it pains, warm compresses may be done to get relief.
- Avoid taking too much of sugary food stuff. These aid in bacterial growth.
- Avoid stomach upsets, both constipation and diarrhea.