Vaginal bumps are a common concern of women. They usually appear near the vulva (the area near the vagina) and inside the vagina.Before you even begin to panic you should know that there are several reasons why vaginal bumps or pimples appear on the female genitalia and in most cases they are NOT contagious and life threatening and not all of them are caused due to STDs. In some cases they become red or white and itch severely or spread to other parts. But immediate care should be taken as soon as they appear as they could be infectious, and they could be a result of STDs like herpes or genital warts. But in most cases they are curable permanently.
Why do vaginal bumps appear? Few reasons why bumps in the genitalia appear are due to STDs like herpes or genital warts, improper shaving methods, blocked hair follicles, clogged sweat gland.
Sexually transmited diseases like herpes and genital warts start as sore blisters.
- Genital herpes is an STD. It usually causes itchy, burning and painful lesions that often start as a sore spot resembling a bug bite, but progresses over a few days to a blister or group of blisters and then an open ulcer. Treatment includes antiviral medications and pain meds.
- Genital warts are caused by Human Papillomavirus or HPV. This viral disease is one of the most common viruses in the world. Right now, there are more than 50 million Americans suffering with HPV. HPV is highly contagious and can spread through contact with an infected person. Treatments include applications of medications to freeze off the lesions or improve the immune system to fight the virus.
Blocked hair follicles
Blocked hair follicles, or folliculitis is probably the most common “bump” seen in the genitalia of men and women. The bumps are often irritated and tender. They are infected and may require antibiotics and a large incision and drainage to treat.
Clogged sweat gland
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a condition in which the sweat gland is clogged and swells and causes a lot of pain it may appear anywhere in the body but is common to the groin region due to the high sweat secretion and use to tight inners. Treatment includes steroid creams and other more specialized modalities.
Improper shaving methods
While shaving the pubic region special care should be taken, even the smallest of cut might become infectious. Most blisters or bumps appear when proper sanitary care is not taken which results in white small pimple like bumps and are usually itchy. Treatment includes using a clean razor and application of antiseptic after shaving or using a pair of scissors instead of razor.
Unhygienic surrounding and improper health care are biggest reasons for bumps, but there are a multitude of other causes for female vaginal bump. While most are minor and require little care and can be avoided with proper hygiene or limited treatment, mostly can be treated using antiseptics while others are STDs. Therefore, if you discover a “bump”, be sure to get it checked out by your doctor!