Managing Bumps in the Private Area

Q: I am 16 years old virgin. I am worried about this pimple-like bump on my private section. I popped it recently, and blood and pus came out. Is there any possibility that it might be something else if not a vaginal pimple. The anticipation is killing me. Please help.
– By Kristy

Reply:

In all likelihood, it’s a vaginal pimple, something very commonly found in this area.

Bump Getting Infected

Popping it was not a good idea.This is because our hands carry many bacteria. When you handled the pimple with your hands, you perhaps instilled a few bacteria in the lesion. Now, the picture looks like that of an infected pimple.

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

Next time you find any such bump, do not pop or squeeze it. Simply keep the area clean and dry. A warm compress may be done thrice a day. The pimple will subside slowly on its own.

How to Do a Warm Compress?

Take a soft cotton cloth. Wet it with warm water and place it over the pimple. This will help soften the skin and reduce any pain and swelling over it.

Vaginal pimple slowly disappears or pops out on its own.

Managing Infected Acne

Your lesion now appears to be slightly infected. You can do the following to heal it:

  • Wear loose cotton underwears. One of the major cause of pimples in vagina is tight underwears. They trap moisture in the area facilitating growth of bugs. Loose breathable undergarments should be worn all the day.
  • Keep the area clean and dry. You may clean it thrice a day with plain water and an antiseptic solution.
  • The lesion may begin healing in a day. However, if you feel it’s not responding to the above method, you need to apply an antibiotic cream locally.

Local Antibiotic Application

Mupirocin ointment may be applied to the lesion twice a day for 5 days. Let one application be at bed time so that the ointment stays there for a long time.

It will start healing in about a week. A scar may be left behind, which would take a few more days to go.

Continue treatment….

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Self Treatment of Infected Acne in Vaginal Area

  1. Sisa

    Every time i pee it’s very painful; I almost cry. But there’s nothing I can do but to fight the pain. And some parts are irritating. I can’t wash it very well because of that pain. I have my period now.

    Is feminine wash OK? I can’t go to my doctor because it is too embarrassing. What should I do? Please help.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      They may heal on their own with time if they are not infected. An infected pimple will show some pus or whitish fluid inside it. It may be bloody.

      If the pimple is very painful, it is likely to be infected. In all such cases, it is advisable to use some topical antibiotic on it.

      Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Mupirocin is easily available in the market under the brand name bactroban.

      This is a 2% ointment of the medicine and has to be used topically only.

      A 22g tube of this medicine would cost around $20.

      Reply
  2. Lei

    I already bought the mupirocin. Hope this will be effective.

    I always have hard time to pee because of vaginal pimples. I can’t even move properly. I don’t know if I can attend my class tomorrow because of so much pain.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Apply it liberally 3 times a day over the pimple. It should help.

      Also try doing warm compresses over the pimple twice in a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. After cleaning and warm compresses, then put the medication and let it stay there.

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      1. Lei

        Thanks for the advice, but for now nothing has changed. It hurts so much. I think it is infected already, there’s whitish fluid inside. What medicine can reduce the pain?

        Can infected vaginal pimple causes delayed menstruation?

        Reply
        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          For the pain, do warm compresses on a regular basis. This will soften the pimple and drain some pus, reducing tension inside it. Easing tension would reduce pain. Keep applying the topical antibiotic cream. If you still have pain, any over the counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be taken.

          Any fever, shivering or general feeling of ill health would imply that the infection has spread beyond the pimple in the body. If it is so, you need to take oral antibiotics too.

          It is unlikely for the pimple to delay your menses.

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  3. Ray

    I have bump on the outer lips of my lady parts. I thought it was a pimple so I popped it. Now, two days later it came back and now I have another bump a little ways away.

    I’m too embarrassed to tell my mom about them. They are kind of sore when I put pressure on them and I’m a virgin. I haven’t done anything sexual. I’m freaked out right now.

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  4. Mona

    I had a boil on my labia about 3 weeks ago. I never had one before. It was super painful. It was difficult to walk. It was large about the size of my thumb. It grew fast in 3 days, so I went to the doctor. He 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. It 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 Epsom salt one day. 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 still hurts. I’m still taking this 30 day antibiotic, which is way done.

    How long can a boil in your labia last? Is it normal to last 3 weeks and still not gone? I’m beginning to freak out. Should I go to a different ob-gyn? Please help. I am feeling desperate. God Bless.

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  5. Nally

    When I first noticed my pimple I popped it and pus came out with a little blood. Now its swollen and its hurts. What can I do to make it go away?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Keep the area clean and dry. Start doing warm compress over the pimple, so that it gradually gets drained over 2 to 3 days. Do it gently, without giving yourself much pain. Also, apply mupirocin ointment over it twice a day for 3 to 4 days.

      Read above in detail about dealing with your infected pimple.

      Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Your pimple sounds infected. It is likely to be pus filled. The pain is due to tension of the pus inside the pimple.

      Do warm compress, as explained above, to soften the pimple and drain it gradually over 2 to 3 days. This will ease the tension inside it and reduce pain.

      You also need to apply a topical antibiotic, like mupirocin, over it for three to four days.

      Reply
  6. Jess

    I had a pimple on my vagina and I popped it. Now it’s big and swollen to the size of a grape. It’s super sore and seems like there’s some sort of pus in it. How do I get it to go away?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The bump has to be drained now. You may go to your doctor for this purpose.

      Or you may do it at home by gentle warm compress technique (Read above). Warm compress the pimple with a clean towel to soften it and drain any pus that can come out easily. Don’t force the drainage. Do this thrice a day.

      Complete drainage would require 3 to 5 days.

      After each warm compress, start applying a topical antibiotic like mupirocin over it. Keep the area clean and dry.

      Reply
  7. Kristi

    Well, I have numerous vaginal zits covering me down there. It hurts when I pee and it hurts me to move as I would any day. Help?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The reason for having numerous vaginal zits is excessive sebaceous secretions down there and improper ventilation of the genital area. Read here in detail about the occurrence of vaginal zits.

      Just wash clean the area on a regular basis. Keep it dry, wear loose cotton undergarments. Apply bland coconut oil over the zits after washing them. This will act as an emollient and aid in quick healing.

      Avoid using any perfumed product, sprays, gel or soap down there. They are not required. Cleaning with plain water is adequate.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Pimples are slightly inflamed bumps, due to collected sebaceous material inside, their membrane walls are stretched.

          When you urinate, urine, which is acidic and full of salts, gets in touch with these inflamed swellings and give you the burning sensation.

          Wash your genitals with plain water after you urinate. This will help alleviating this symptom and aid in early healing.

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          1. Buddy M.D. Post author

            Around 10 to 15 days!

            However, as you start taking care of the area, you’ll feel relieved in 2 to 3 days. Keep the area clean, well ventilated and apply bland coconut oil (acts as an emollient) over them.

      1. Lois

        Had a boil like bump on my labia minora, so I burst it and blood and pus came out. Note there is another one by the opening of the vagina. What is this thing?

        Reply
        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Likely to be an infected pimples. Such infections commonly spread, when areas come in touch with pus or infected blood. This may be the reason why you are getting another pimple.

          Apply mupirocin (bactroban) over it liberally twice a day for three days. This should work.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are you sexually active? If yes, you need to go to a doctor to rule out the presence of any STDs.

      A simple pimple that is infected may be managed at home. Do warm compress over it twice a day. This would soften the skin overlying the pimple and help in draining it.

      Also, you need to apply an antibiotic cream, like mupirocin, over the pimple.

      Read above it details.

      Reply
  8. Marilyn amaral

    I have a large bump on the inside of my labia (vaginal lips) about the size of a large grape. It’s hard, similar to the male sack. A little blood has come out and pus. It’s painful! I’m thinking it could be an infected pimple or boil from an in-grown hair. I have been taking hot baths and putting hot compresses on it. I have had it for about 5 days. What do I do?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This lesion is definitely infected. Continue with hot compress on a daily basis. Also, start applying mupirocin (topical antibiotic) over it, twice a day for three days.

      If it does not improve in a day or two, you may require oral antibiotics (on prescription) from a gyne.

      Reply
  9. dulce lopez

    I have a pimple on my feminine part and I’m only 13. It hurts a lot and it made my thing on the right side swollen. I don’t know what to do. I’m scared that it might be an infection. Please help me!

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This does sound infected. Start applying a topical antibiotic cream over the pimple, twice a day for 5 to 7 days. You may use mupirocin, bactroban for the purpose.

      Also, keep the area clean and dry. If any pus is visible, it needs to be drained.

      Wear loose and soft cotton underwear only.

      If your pimple does not improve or you get fever, oral antibiotics would be required.

      Reply
  10. Zinzi

    What can I do to cure the pimples in my vagina and are painful and I visited the clinic but I never feel well. What is the normal color of the discharge?

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  11. Aneetta

    I am 38 year old woman. I have 4 big pimples around my vaginal area (only I can see the tip of the pimple). It’s so painful and it makes me to cry. Can you suggest Quick and Easy Steps to Treat Those Pimples? Can I use Candid B for these pimples?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Try warm compress over the pimples. This would soften the skin over the pimples and help in draining them gradually. Pus, if any, would come over its surface and would gradually get drained over 3 to 4 days.

      Also, you need to start applying some antibiotic cream over the pimples. You may use mupirocin (bactroban) twice daily for a week.

      Read above in details.

      Candid is for fungal infections and is not to be used here.

      Reply
  12. Em

    Hi, I’ve got a few spots/pustules on my vaginal lips etc in general. They’re very painful, they have pus coming out ( not that I’ve squeezed them, as they’re too painful.) But sometimes I catch it when I wipe when going to the toilet, even that hurts too! I can barely walk sit with my legs together and even wearing underwear is problem, I don’t know what this is.

    Is there a home-made remedy or should I go to a doctors/clinic?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are you sexually active? If yes, you need to go to a doctor for examination. This is to rule out the presence of any STD.

      If you are not sexually active, try warm compress over the pustules. This would soften them and gradually drain them over 2 to 3 days.

      Also, start applying an antibiotic cream, mupirocin, over each pustule. Apply it twice daily for a week.

      Reply
  13. tats

    Hello Doc, I developed the vaginal bumps months back. It was very itchy and sometimes couldn’t resist to scratch and obviously it spread to my thigh. I was so uncomfortable that I couldn’t worked. And after a few days it began to clear. I then went on my monthly menstrual cycle and wore a pad and it came back.
    So far it has come and gone about 4 times and am getting worried. Why isn’t it healing once and for all.
    Am a virgin
    Please help.

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  14. tats

    l am a virgin aged 25. Started having bumps on my vagina which spread to my thigh. It was so itchy and bumps would secrete a water like liquid. I had to go for weeks not wearing a panty coz it was uncomfortable.
    My doc gave me Muciprocin ointment that you mentioned and it worked.
    However this is about the 4th or 5th time it is coming back.
    The bumps go and come back.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The cause of re infection is likely that the secretions oozing out from the bump is touching the nearby areas.

      You need to keep it clean and dry. Whenever you notice pus, wipe it with a clean cotton ball. Avoid its spilling/ touching the near by areas.

      Also, eat healthy to boost up your immune system.

      Reply
  15. Dana hunter

    On September 5, I had intercourse with my friend. It went inside but did not “pop my cherry”. It only lasted tops 7 minutes. About 3-4 days later while in the shower, I noticed a bump that looked like a white head. I didn’t mess with it because I figured it will go away. I ended up becoming irritated and popped it. It seemed to have gone away and today sept 20 it hurts if I sit wrong, I can see a lump/swelling and feel it. I am worried because this has never happened? Suggestions?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Appears to be an infected pimple. Try warm compress over it. Also, apply mupirocin ointment over it, thrice daily for a week.

      Reply
  16. Candice

    I have a fat pimple on the wall of the vagina. It looks yellowish and is painful. When I wipe myself it hurts.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      The pimples appears to be infected. If possible, do warm compress over it. This would soften it and help in its drainage.

      You need to start applying a topical antibiotic over it immediately. You may use mupirocin (bactroban), twice a day for a week.

      Reply
  17. Shelby Mullins

    Hi! I’m 17 years old. I have a pimple on my vagina and it hurts and I am sexually active. I have no STDs nor anything like that, but I want to know what is best to help it.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Are you getting yourself screened for the presence of any STDs on a regular basis? This is essential, especially if you have more than one sexual partner.

      This lesion appears to be an infected pimple. Apply warm compress over it, twice daily. This would soften it and help in draining the pus out of the pimple.

      Apply an antibiotic cream, like mupirocin, over the pimple thrice daily for 3 to 4 days.

      Reply
  18. Amanda

    Hi, I am a 16 year old girl. I have a pimple or bump in my vagina (not inside, but in left side of my vagina). This is the first time I have this. I tried to pop it or squeeze it. Just got painful. I am scared, what should I do?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is likely that you have infected it while popping it.

      For now, start applying mupirocin (bactroban) ointment over it, thrice daily for 3 to 5 days. It is likely to regress.

      Read above, in the article written, about managing such bumps.

      Reply
  19. Ana Lopez

    I had a pimple on my right thigh about 4 days ago. I decided to pop it because it was bothering me. After that it kept bothering me and I thought I hadn’t popped it good. So I tried again but this time it hurt more. It looked like it got infected and swollen. Yesterday it hurt more than the other days. It hurt when I stood on my leg. It hurt so much that I didn’t let anything touch it because it hurt that much. This morning I cleaned it with alcohol and it started bleeding and with the blood pus came out. I drained it a bit and the infected area became less and less. My mom then, put hot aloe vera on it. And I don’t know If I should go see a Dr, if I should be worried or not. All I can say is that it hurts so much to walk. Help please!

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This appears to be an infected wound now. You need to do warm compress over it daily. Gently try to drain out pus from it, as you do the warm compress. Then apply an antiseptic lotion over it.

      You need to take antibiotics. Cloxacillin is the drug of choice. You may have to get it prescribed from a doctor.

      Be quick with treatment. If delayed, the infection may spread, and so will your pain.

      Reply
  20. Nishad

    I am 14 years old. It is about two days I have a pimple in vaginal area. It gives me lot of pain. I can’t sit properly it hurts. I follow the hot towel therapy but it don’t reduce my pain and pimple. Please, help me fast I have important exam.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Continue with the hot towel therapy. Also, start applying a topical antibiotic cream (like mupirocin, bactroban) over it, twice daily for a week.

      If it’s very big or you can see it filled with pus, drainage may be required.

      Reply
  21. Becky

    I have one bump in the vaginal area, not inside but outside near the groin area. It is intact yet raised. It doesn’t burn or itch, it only hurts and shows it’s face during my cycle but it did leave a scar.

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  22. Kate

    History: I’m a 17 year old girl I’ve never had sex or even made out. I’m not sure if any of this has to do with what I have but here you go. I have a history of Kidney stones in my family (Dad, his dad, and his brothers) and I had a few little ones a year ago that I passed without any pain. The doctors never really figured it out because what they think were, if kidney stones they could never see them due to their smallness but it was all internal not external bumps or anything. I also before that got a pimple on my private area about two years ago. I popped it blood and pus came out and it was fine but hurt a little. Now about a month ago, when I was wiping myself after going to the bathroom I noticed a bump. It didn’t look like the pimple I had before. It was pink and looks like the rest of my vaginal area. When I squeezed it nothing came out. It just hurt and became white from the presser looked like a small ball inside me smaller than a penny. So I left it alone and it stopped hurting. Then as it wasn’t going away I would squeeze it more until it got smaller and blood came out. No pus. It was like I had deflated the ball. I’d kind of forgot about it until today. I have been stressed out about everything lately too, to the point of tears. So I was taking a shower and noticed that it looks bruised only a little, bigger and red, not pink, and so I squeezed it again. Blood came out a little like I poked it with a needle. I hope this was enough information. I just need to know if I should go to a doctor or tell my mom. I’m about to put a warm compress on it, I’ve never done that before. Thank you for having this site. Thank you for your time and knowledge. I appreciate it and you.

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Try applying some antibiotic cream over it this time. You may use mupirocin (bactroban). Apply it twice daily for a week.

      This appears to be a simple vaginal pimple. Girls get in commonly during teens and early adult life. Nothing serious.

      You may read above about its management in detail.

      Reply
  23. Dina Barzilai

    Girls and women, if you get vaginal pimples often and you shave, I would suggest not shaving. I know it’s been the trend for awhile but, it leave you open to more infections, ingrown hairs, etc. If you’re really freaked out by pubic hair, just trim closely with scissors and be able to see what you’re doing while trimming…otherwise have your mom or someone close trim hair for you.
    Wear 100% cotton underwear, not nylon or synthetics. Wash it in hot water. Sleep with no underwear on Don’t use a lot of chemicals and soaps, just gentle products preferably organic and petroleum free
    (petroleum products can clog pores).
    Again, don’t shave.

    Reply
  24. dani

    I woke up with a red bump on my right labia minora and it’s swollen and hurts a lot to sit down and to walk, what should i do ??

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Keep the area clean and dry. Avoid friction over the bump while walking.

      You need to start using a topical antibiotic cream over it. Mupirocin/ Bactroban may be used thrice daily.

      If the bump is big and you feel it has pus inside, warm compress may be tried to drain out pus from it. However, this should be very gentle. Do not force drainage of pus at any time. If there is enough pus, it will find its way out by itself.

      Reply
  25. Lola

    Hello. I’ve had a huge bump on my libia minora for about 3 days now. It’s so painful all the time, I can’t even walk, sit or lay down comfortably. It also hurts when I pee. Is there any ointment I can apply inside my vulva? Or do I just go to my Dr?

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  26. Anony

    Hello, a couple days ago, i recieved two pimples on my vagina, they lasted two days and i was able to pop them, with blood and pus coming out of each. The pimples are farther away from each other on seperate sides on the outside of my vagina on my groin. But when they went away, it left scars behind, is this normal?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You get scars if you pop. If they go in a natural way, scars are not left.

      However, the scars would lighten with time. Just let them heal an their own.

      Reply
  27. Fab

    Hello! I had a bump on my vaginal wall and it grew big. It was painful. It hurt when I walked or sat. I could not even sleep properly. Yesterday I used a cotton cloth and warmed the bump for a while. Then today it popped on its own. Blood and puss are coming out. What should I do? I discomfort is less now

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s good that it drained out. Just keep the area clean and dry. We need to help this lesion dry up now.

      Avoid infection spreading to the near by areas. You may start applying an antibiotic cream over it, twice daily for 3 to 5 days.

      Reply
  28. Carolin

    I have got bumps over my genital area on the sides in between vaginia and anus area ..Its very itchy and something lk watery comes out when I tried popping it n its vry embarrassing to see doctor ???? so plz help me n suggest some remedies

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  29. Kar

    I had a single bump 3 months back that was very painful and full of pus. After warm compress and applying neosporin in got healed. But then every month during my period it is coming back at the same spot and leaving behind scar after using neosporin. I am scared, is it something serious?

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be infected pimples. You are managing them well.

      Just avoid popping or pressing them, or handling them with your nails or any instrument. All such maneuvers may lead to scar formation.

      Reply
    2. yolanda

      I have 2 big pimples and small white pimples on my vagina and they very itchy and smelling ,when I rub them they bleed, should I be very worried coz I haven’t consulted a doctor coz am scared

      Reply
  30. Tressa

    Mine seems to be infected, do I need to see a doctor before buying mupirocin, or is it sold without prescription. And how much does it cost

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Yes, you may. Neosporin is just a little mild in action. However, in most cases, it works adequately.

      Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Difficult to assess without examination.

      You may start using neosporin. If did doesn’t work, a stronger alternative may be used.

      Reply

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