What are Vaginal Pimples?
Vaginal pimples are similar to face pimples or pimples anywhere else on the body. But they are very painful and stinging unlike pimples on other parts of the body.
They are small, skin colored to 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. 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.
- 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 or hair follicles of the area frequently get infected.
Then you get a painful bump, that is red and may show pus in it.
Apart from this, you may have Folliculitis. This is infection of a hair follicle lying in the area. It resembles an infected pimple closely. The only difference being that, you essentially see a hair coming out from the 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 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.
There may be other conditions that produce similar looking lesions in the vaginal area. These include certain STD lesions.
Herpes may be present in the form of tiny bumps that resemble pimples. Syphilis may show as single or more big pimples, resembling boils. So, if you are sexually active, you need to see a doctor to rule out the presence of such conditions.
Read here about differentiating between benign pimples and common STD.
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 cleansing 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 due to the infected zit.
- In case you are sure the pimples are infected, start using a topical antibiotic over them at the earliest. This would arrest their grow and further spread.
Vaginal boils are also somewhat similar to vaginal pimples but differ in that vaginal boils are more severe and painful than vaginal pimples. 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.