Friday, June 29, 2018

Can you get pimples on your vagina? If so, check this out!

Pimple on vagina

Vaginal pimples are similar to that of the usual pimples on the face as well as other parts of the body. However, pimples on vaginal lips are very painful.

The pimple appears alone or in cluster. Some are small while others are big. In fact, some of them look more of a vaginal sore than pimple. (5)

Image 1 : A cluster of pimples in the vaginal area, particularly in the labia majora
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What are the causes of vaginal pimples?

  • Bacterial infection – If there is an infection in the vagina, it makes you prone to pimples. As you know, harmful microorganisms love to thrive in moist and warm area.
  • Contact dermatitis – It is one of the leading causes of pimple on vagina. Contact dermatitis involving the vagina may be due to sensitivity to tampons or sanitary pads, soaps with strong chemical content, allergic reaction to feminine wipes, powders, or lotions, and sensitivity to laundry detergents.  Contact dermatitis can also be caused by excessive vaginal discharge and perspiration.
  • Folliculitis – if the hair follicle in the vagina gets infected, it makes you susceptible to infection such as pimples. Shaving of vaginal hair/pubic hair can lead to folliculitis. The types of razor you use when shaving pubic hair is also another contributing factor to vaginal pimples. Not only will it cause pimple, but as well as other conditions like razor burn, bumps, and blisters.
  • Acne inversa/Hidradenitis suppurativa – It is a chronic disease of the sweat glands. It forms a lesion that looks like a pimple. It can occur in various parts of the body, including the vaginal areas, especially in the vulva.
  • Molluscum contagiosum – It is a viral infection that causes pimples on various parts of the body including the genital region. It is usually treated using oral and topical medication.(1, 3, 4)

Will popping help get rid of vaginal infection?

A lot of people pop the pimples on their face. What about pimple on the vagina? Is it safe to pop vaginal pimples? When you notice that there is a pimple in your vagina, it is safe to not pop it. By doing so, you are unconsciously spreading the bacteria, which will lead to further infection. (7)

How to treat vaginal pimples?

Vaginal pimples caused by minor irritation usually clear up on its own. If the pimple gets worst, it is an indicator that you need to seek medical help. The doctor will thoroughly assess your vagina and will determine the extent of the condition. The doctor will usually prescribe topical medications to help get rid of the pimples.

However, topical medications for vaginal pimple only helps when the cause of the pimple is contact dermatitis. Pimple on the vagina can also be caused by ingrown hair. Such kind of pimple usually clear on its own too. Again, if the pimple does not clear up on its own, then you need to consult your doctor. (4, 5)

Treatment of choice for vaginal pimples

There are vast choices for treating pimples, including the ones in the vagina. There are a lot of over the counter topical creams as well as prescription medications. They are not just available in creams, but as well in lotions and serums.

For severe cases, an oral medication and injection are used. However, injections and oral route should only be recommended once the root cause of the vaginal pimple is ruled out. (2, 3)

How to treat vaginal pimples at home?

  • Make it a habit to wash your vagina regularly. Make sure to use clean water. Wash the vagina gently while bathing and wash again before going to bed. You don’t necessarily need to use soap. Just plain water is enough. Scented soaps and gels can actually cause vaginal infection including pimples, especially if you have a sensitive skin. (7)
  • Wear underwear that can help absorb extra moisture such as underwear made from cotton materials. If you are not comfortable with cotton panties, then you can at least just wear at bedtime.
  • Your diet plays a vital role in your vaginal health. Some foods can increase the production of pimples such as fried and greasy foods. Instead of eating fried foods, you can just switch to fruits and green leafy vegetables. They help get rid of toxins in the body, which actually helps in preventing pimples on the face and vagina. (1, 3, 5)
  • Keep your body hydrated. Drink plenty of water and natural fruit juices. Try to limit your intake of alcoholic drinks, caffeinated and carbonated drinks. They have a dehydrating effect to the skin. They can make the vagina dry, which will make it more susceptible to pimples.
  • Increase your intake of foods with high amount of good bacteria such as fresh yogurt. Such foods can help maintain the pH level of the body, especially in the genital region.
  •     Give your body a dose of exercise every day. By staying active, you are allowing your skin to breathe and at the same time improve the circulation of blood throughout the body. It helps in cleansing the lymphatic channels, which actually reduces the formation of pimples in various parts of the body, including the vaginal region.  (4

What you should do if the pimple in the vagina gets infected?

If the pimple in the vagina won’t seem to go away and gets more painful and inflamed as time passes by, the best thing to do is to see your doctor. Never attempt to pop of squeeze your pimple. See your doctor right away because an infected pimple can indicate a more serious disease condition such as a form of sexually transmitted disease. (2)

How to prevent vaginal pimples?

There are a lot of simple things you can do to prevent vaginal pimples and lessen its reoccurrence.

These include the following:
  • Avoid wearing things that can cause friction in the vaginal region such as wearing tight fitting clothes and tight fitting pantyhose stocking. (8)
  • You have to be selective with the type of underwear you are wearing. As much as possible, you should stick with underwear made from cotton fabric.
  • If you already have pimple on your vagina, try to avoid touching it. Your hands can easily spread the infection and could be the culprit for further infection.
  • Use lukewarm water when washing the vagina.
  • Do not use scented vaginal soap as it can cause further irritation. If you want to use feminine hygiene products, it is always best to ask the opinion of your doctor. There are so many feminine hygiene products readily available in the market. Some of them contains ingredients that can cause irritation.
  • If the skin in the vaginal region is too sensitive, then you can just omit the shave and turn to scissors. Just trim your pubic hair using scissors. If you really want to shave your pubic hair, then make sure you are going to use high quality razors. When shaving, always go with the angle of your hair. (9, 10)