What are Vaginal Pimples?
Vaginal pimples are similar to face pimples or pimples anywhere else on the body. However, they are quite painful and stinging.
Look like small, skin colored or may be red, rounded lesions down there. May be single or many. Pimples may or may not be filled with pus.
Why do They Occur?
Chief cause why you get a pimple is clogging of a gland duct in the region.
The vaginal region is richly provided by different secretory glands. They include many like the Bartholin glands, that line the lower portion of vaginal canal and many oil secretory glands in the surrounding skin area. These glands keep the area well lubricated and moist.
When the duct of any of these gland gets clogged, the secretions start getting collected in the gland. Gradually, it swells up, and you see a pimple on the skin surface.
- A rounded red colored bump
- Single or more than one
- Often painless
- Slight itching may be there
A pimple is painless till it gets infected.
- As moist and sweaty area is most favorable for bacteria to grow their colonies, pimples of this area frequently get infected. Then you get an infected bump.
- This is red in color and painful.
- It may show yellowish white pus in it. The surrounding area may also be red and slightly warm to touch.
- If the infected material leaks out, infecting surrounding skin, more of such lesions may appear in the nearby by region.
Besides this, you may have Folliculitis, which is a similar looking lesion.
This is infection of a hair follicle lying in the area. The condition is very painful. It resembles an infected pimple closely. The only difference being that, you essentially see a hair coming out from this lesion.
Infected hair follicles or pimples are clogged with bacteria, white blood cells and pus. The mixture of white blood cells, bacteria and pus is called plaque.
Vaginal Bumps During Periods
Vaginal bumps flare up during monthly periods and become very painful. This is because the area is more moist and has better grounds for the bacteria to grow there.
Most women neglect them, as they most often disappear after few days.
But it is recommended to get them diagnosed first. This is to rule out the possibility of other similar looking conditions, like herpes and other STDs.
Also, an ordinary vaginal pimple may sometimes complicate to form abscess. So it is advisable to visit the doctor at the earliest.
Herpes/ Syphilis/ Genital Warts Vs Pimples
There may be other conditions that produce similar looking lesions in the vaginal area. These include certain STD lesions and need to be ruled out, whenever you get a pimple like lesion there.
Herpes may be present in the form of tiny bumps that resemble pimples. However, on careful examination, they can be differentiated. They are in clusters, fluid filled and have a burning sensation, unlike pimples.
Read here about differentiating between benign pimples and common STD.
Syphilis may show as single or many big genital sores. They are usually oozing out infected fluid and tend to ulcerate. While pimples almost never ulcerate this way. If, however, you are sexually active, you need to see a doctor to rule out the presence of such conditions.
Genital warts are fleshy growths slightly raised above the skin surface. They appear around genitalia and are caused by a virus called Human Papilloma Virus. These are usually symptom less. May sometimes itch.
Another condition that may give you redness and scattered rashes is Dermatitis. This simply means that your skin down there is irritated by some allergen. This could be a new beauty product used, fabric of your pants, tampons, etc.
After the diagnosis has been made, treatment and preventive measures may begin.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that moisture in the vaginal region promotes the growth of bacteria that reside in the surrounding area. Hence lack of daily cleaning indirectly contribute towards the evolution of vaginal pimples.
- So keep the area clean and dry. Do not apply harsh soaps or detergents to this region. This is because, excessive washing alters the pH of the region, rendering it vulnerable to the growth of certain opportunistic fungus and bacteria.
- Wear loose cotton panties only. Other fabrics do not soak the sweat produced in that area and hence aid in pimple formation.
- Vaginal pimples are often initially treated by soaking with hot water. Many women pop up the pimples. This is wrong and may cause deep skin infection. This happens as we inject a few bacteria into the pimple while popping.
- In case you are sure the pimples are infected, start using a topical antibiotic over them at the earliest. This would arrest their grow, fight the bugs and limit further spread of the infection.
Vaginal boils are also somewhat similar to vaginal pimples but differ in that vaginal boils are more severe and painful than vaginal pimples. Mostly, they are bigger in size. Get them diagnosed properly by experienced dermatologist.
Do not use Benzoyl peroxide for treating vaginal pimples as this compound is irritating to the mucosal area. It is strongly advised not to use Benzoyl peroxide unless your dermatologist or doctor prescribes it.
Soaking with hot compress is helpful in treating vaginal pimples. Hot compresses helps reduce inflammation, irritation and pain.
Do not use any remedy unless it is diagnosed properly by a qualified dermatologist.