Vagina pimples can be embarrassing and intimidating, especially if you don’t know what the cause is. Many women fear they have an STD when they notice these. Although this is sometimes the case, more often it’s a simpler explanation.
Sexually transmitted disease
Even though vagina pimples aren’t usually an STD, you should eliminate the possibility as soon as you can. Human papilloma virus and genital herpes are the STDs that most frequently result in bumps on the vagina. HPV is also known as genital warts. Pain isn’t usually associated with these warts, so the only symptom you have to go by is the appearance of the warts themselves. Genital herpes, in contrast, produces painful, blister-like lesions. Since the bumps caused by these diseases can resemble vagina pimples, it’s best to visit a doctor if you notice any kind of bump on the vagina. They’ll be able to make a definite diagnosis.
Common reasons for pimples on the vagina
It may seem strange for pimples to form in or around the vagina, but there are pores all over the body and pimples can form wherever there are pores. Specifically, bacteria growing in the pores and blocking them is what causes a pimple. Vagina pimples are usually a result of an infected blocked sebaceous gland, or an ingrown hair. Other causes are stress and hormones related to puberty and menstruation. Pimples on the vagina are more common during the teenage years, when facial acne is prevalent as well, but can happen to women of any age.
Mild cases of vagina pimples are treated like pimples on any other part of the body. Keep the area clean and dry, and cool if possible. The bacteria that form pimples thrive in warm, wet environments, so creating the opposite of these conditions will lessen new growth. You shouldn’t pop the pimples because they can become infected. Instead, expose the blemishes to hot steam. This will speed up the natural course of healing by opening the pore. A severe case of vagina pimples may require medication. Treatment is usually oral, but there are topical creams that can be applied.
Prevention is easy. Wear loose clothing and once again, keep the area dry. Cotton panties are best in terms of undergarment choice because air can circulate through them better.