Repeated Infection of Vaginal Pimples
Q: I have bumps around the outer portion of my vagina. They sometimes enlarge and begin to hurt like a boil. They come and go; I don’t know what to do. It’s kind of embarrassing. I’ve had them for a long time. I had two kids in all. When I go to the doctor, all they give me is antibiotics and say that I don’t have any STDs. So I leave confused every time. What should I do?
Once the pimples are infected, you have to take antibiotics for them. Usually, there is no need to take oral medications. Topical antibiotics like mupirocin are enough to heal the infected pimples.
Causes of Recurrent Pimples
There can be many causes for having recurrent pimples. They include:
- Poor hygiene. This include improper cleaning of the vaginal area. Read more on cleaning the genital area.
- Too tight undergarment that do not allow proper aeration of the genital area. This may trap moisture in the area allowing more acne to grow there. Undergarment should be loose and cotton based.
- Repeated courses of oral antibiotics for acne or other disease processes like sore throat. Antibiotics should not be taken very frequently. Three courses a year is the maximum limit. When taken frequently, they destroy the vaginal flora, rendering it prone to other infections.
- Keep your nails well-trimmed. Scratching the pimples unknowing may infect them.
- Having more of fatty food stuff can also lead to more pimples. Consume more of fresh fruits and leafy vegetables to have lesser pimples.
- Low immunity of the body. Take care by having healthy food and lots of water.
- Any underlying disease like diabetes may make you prone to all infections, including infected pimples. You may consider getting your blood sugar checked up.