What Are Those White Bumps on Your Vagina?
Q: I have white bumps under the skin on the right side of my vagina. They do not hurt, bleed or leak. They are just there. I’ve popped two and they don’t go away. I have been tested for HPV and herpes along with all the others with a swab and blood test. What can these be and how do I get rid of them?
These bumps could be tiny pus-filled pimples or acne in the vaginal region.
Just as we have pimples elsewhere on the body, we may get them on the genital area as well.
The skin of the vaginal area, including the lower part of the muscular vaginal canal, has plenty of bartholin glands. These glands secrete an oily secretion that is helpful in lubricating the area.
Sometimes, the duct draining the gland gets blocked. Secretions keep accumulating there to form a cystic bump-like lesion.
These bumps may appear as tiny white dots.
These swollen glands may sometimes get infected and get filled with pus. This may happen due to simple friction while walking or when we try to squeeze or pop the pimples with our hands. This imparts infective bugs from our hands to the pimples. So, never squeeze or pop a pimple with your hands.
You may read about 3 simple and quick methods to treat them yourself.
Why Do White Pimples Occur on the Vagina?
Causes include excessive sweating and secretions in the area and hormonal fluctuations. This is more in teenage and early twenties. Pimples may appear anywhere over the body. Read more on occurrence of white pimples on the vagina.
When we wear tight clothes, especially the ones made up of non-absorbent fabrics, moisture gets trapped in the region. This also predisposes to pimple formation.
Other Causes of White Bumps on Vagina
Besides white vaginal pimples, these white bumps could be:
- Lesions due to a vaginal infection, such as candidiasis. It is usually accompanied by vaginal discharge.
- Herpes or other STDs.
It is essential to rule out these conditions.
Just keep the area clean and dry.
Wear loose cotton underwears. Don’t let moisture stay there for long time.
You may soon observe that these pimples disappear gradually. If any one of them becomes painful or red, apply mupirocin skin ointment over it for a week. Read further about caring for such pimples.