Painful Pimple on Inner Labia

Q: I am a 29 year old female. For the past six months, during my period, a very painful bump appears on the right side of the labia minora. Just after my period ends, blood and pus comes out of this bump. I was wondering what this is and how can I treat it? Thank you.
-By Jessica


There is increased tendency of acne formation during menses. This bump sounds like a pimple in the labia minora region. You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.

The hormonal changes during periods is one of the factors causing it. Moreover, during menses the moistness of the vaginal region increases, making it more favorable for pimples to grow and get infected.

Just take care of the bump as any other pimple. If it remains sore and exudes puss, then treat it as infected lesion.

Continue treatment…. 

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Infected Sore Bump on Labia Minora

  1. tee

    I been getting pimples, bumps, lumps that feel like boils and some hurt. I really get them off I been off of period for a week and every time I shave I get them really bad. What can I do to make them go away and how can I keep them from coming back? I also think cause I sweat to much down there, it cause the problem, what can I do to stop me from sweating so much down there?

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Sweating too much down there, can definitely be a factor for the recurrence of vaginal pimples.

      To deal with this, you need to wear loose cotton underwear only. Keep the area well aerated and avoid moisture being trapped there.

      When you get pimples, try healing them with warm compresses. Do this twice daily. Over the pimples that pain, apply a topical antibiotic like mupirocin.

      Read here for tips to shave the pubic area without getting pimples.

  2. Machelle

    I notice a bump on the left inner labia, and it is sore, painful, and it use to itch. But not anymore it’s just sore, and painful now. I keep touching it because it worries it. The bump has gotten big and is being sore again. HELP! PLEASE!

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You need to put some antibiotic cream over it. You may apply mupirocin over it twice a day for three days.

      Also, try warm compress over the bump each time before applying the antibiotic cream. This may help draining it and would ease tension.

  3. Lia

    I have a big bump on my labia minora on the right side, and it’s getting bigger these past few days. It is so painful, I don’t want to get out of bed, what’s causing it? And is it going to mess with my period? I’m already late for this month and to be honest I didn’t get my period last month. I’m afraid to tell my mother, and I’m not sexually active, it’s been about a year since I last was and this is the first time something like this has happened to me. HELP!!!

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Try warm compress over the bump. Do this twice a day. After each warm compress, dab dry the area and apply mupirocin (bactroban) over the bump.

      This ointment is available over the counter.

      Your bump is likely to subside in 3 to 5 days.

  4. jessi

    I had this small disc shaped mass slightly raised about 0.5 cm on the posterolateral part of my vagina. Since 3 days I could feel some swelling coming around it and now it has become reddish soft tender and some discharge is coming out of it. I am not sexually active and my periods ended two weeks back. I am too embarrassed to go to a doctor and I have been applying an ointment containing clotrimazole, neomycin and beclomethasone dipropionate. I am very much stressed about this. Please help.

    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Any improvement on applying the ointment? If it’s an infection, it would respond to the ointment.

      If it’s not responding, it would be better to see a doctor. It could be herpes.

      1. jessi

        Doctor, I had seen your earlier replies and tried using mupirocin since yesterday along with wiping the area with warm water. Thankfully it’s responding now. The swelling has decreased in size. Thanks