Causes and Cures for Itchy Vaginal Bumps

Updated on June 5, 2019
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Rachael has been a healthcare worker for over 25 years, holding numerous positions including surgical and neurosurgical technologist.

Infographic: Possible Causes of Itchy, Bumpy Vagina
Infographic: Possible Causes of Itchy, Bumpy Vagina

Vaginal Bumps That Itch: Is it an STD?

There are many causes for itchy bumps on the vagina (or, to be exact, on the vulva, mons pubis, labia, or external parts of the vagina). The first thing a woman thinks of is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Although this is an understandable fear, quite often there is another explanation for these symptoms.

Since many vaginal bumps have the same symptoms as STDs, it is often challenging to determine the culprit. Women should see their gynecologist for an accurate diagnosis of these bumps. However, if the vaginal bumps are not sexually transmitted, some simple over the counter remedies will cure or alleviate many cases.

Note: This article is about vaginal bumps that itch. Although there are many other reasons one might develop bumps on the vagina, we're narrowing our focus on the causes of those that itch - starting with the least alarming bumps, followed by those that are caused by an STD.

Common Itchy Vaginal Bumps (Least Alarming)

Condition
Cause
Distinct Symptoms
Cure
Vaginal Acne
Harsh body products, sweat or oil secretions, and wearing tight or synthetic underwear.
Similar to pimples on other areas of the body.
Clean area with only warm water (no soap). Wear breathable clothing of natural materials. Don't try to pop it!
Ingrown Pubic Hair
Shaving, certain body products and excessive sweat.
Looks like a pimple; sometimes the hair inside is visible or it's filled with pus.
Regular exfoliating, shaving with a sharp razor or finding another hair removal method. Letting hair grow out.
Folliculitis
Sweat or friction from clothing blocks a hair follicle; can become infected.
Begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores.
Usually heals on its own after approximately two weeks. Salt water compresses may help.
Vulvar Eczema
Unknown
Redness, itchiness, red bumps, weeping, oozing and crusting.
No cure; symptoms can be treated with home moisturizing regimen or prescribed corticosteroids.
Always see your gynecologist to make sure the condition isn't serious, and whatever you do, don't scratch!

Are Daily Habits Causing Vaginal Acne?

Vaginal / Vulval Acne: Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body.
Vaginal / Vulval Acne: Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body. | Source

Vaginal Acne

Cause:

Acne is most often the cause of bumps that are red and itchy on and around the vagina. Vaginal pimples are like face pimples or those found elsewhere on the body. Vaginal acne is skin's natural reaction to harsh soap, douches, shaving, or not showering enough. In the teen and early adult years, this area may have excessive secretions—sweat or oil—which may clog the pores and lead to pimples. Wearing tight underwear made of synthetic or non-absorbent material can trap this moisture and cause acne, as well.

Cure:

You can treat vaginal acne by cleaning the area with warm water (without soap) several times daily. Keep the area clean and dry and wear cotton underwear. Don't try to pop or squeeze the pimple, because this will just cause irritation and possibly lead to infection. A warm compress might help.

Extreme conditions of vaginal acne may require medical attention for treatment with cortisone injections or other means.

Maybe It's an Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair. Sometimes, you can see the hair under the surface.
An ingrown hair. Sometimes, you can see the hair under the surface. | Source

Ingrown Hair

It looks like a pimple (a red bump on the skin, varying in size, sometimes with pus inside), it feels like a pimple (painful and itchy), but it isn't a pimple, it's an ingrown hair.

Cause:

Ingrown hairs are those that have somehow curled and grown sideways or back down into your skin instead of exiting. One common type of ingrown hair is called pseudofolliculitis, also known as razor bumps, a group of small bumps that appear after you've shaved, waxed, or tweezed. Because the hair is cut so short, it gets turned around and trapped under the surface of your skin.

This may happen more often to people with thick or curly hair. Also, it can happen if something clogs the pores and prevents the hair from growing out—for example, dead skin can clog a hair follicle, as can excessive sweat or certain products.

Cure:

Usually, this bump will eventually heal itself. If you're prone to ingrown hairs, exfoliating (gently scrubbing away dead skin), using a sharp razor when shaving, shaving in the direction the hair is growing, switching to another method of hair removal, or letting the hair grow can all help.

If it doesn't heal itself, an ingrown hair may become infected. It may darken the skin or leave a scar, especially if you've been picking or scratching. If this happens, your doctor can make a small incision to get it out. Your doctor may also prescribe something to help.

Could It Be Folliculitis?

Vaginal Folliculitis might look like this:  It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores.
Vaginal Folliculitis might look like this: It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores. | Source

Folliculitis

Folliculitis is an extremely common skin condition, one of the most common forms of bumps found in the genital area, caused by hair follicles that have become inflamed, often leading to a bacterial or fungal infection. It begins as small red bumps or whiteheads and develops into infected, crusty sores.

Cause:

Folliculitis is caused by sweat or friction from clothing that blocks a hair follicle on or around the vagina. The resulting bumps may become infected.

Cure:

Folliculitis usually heals on its own in approximately two weeks. If it is a small, singular bump, it can be treated by placing a warm compress on the area three times a day. A saltwater solution may offer relief. If there are multiple bumps, if they recur, or if a bump doesn't heal, a trip to the doctor for an incision, drainage, and antibiotic or anti-fungal may be required.

Could It Be Eczema?

This is what eczema might look like. Look for  redness, minute papules or vesicles (that look like pimples) which might be weeping, oozing, or crusting.
This is what eczema might look like. Look for redness, minute papules or vesicles (that look like pimples) which might be weeping, oozing, or crusting. | Source

Vulvar Eczema

Another common cause of itchy, red vaginal bumps is vulvar eczema. Eczema is the general medical term for inflamed skin (epidermis) that is red and itchy, and has minute papules and vesicles that are weepy, ooze and crusty. Unfortunately, this very painful and itchy condition is recurrent and lasts a lifetime.

Cause:

Although we don't know what exactly causes it, a combination of heredity and environmental factors is thought to be responsible. There are several known triggers for ulvar eczema however, including:

  • Soap
  • Stress
  • Excessive discharge
  • Menstrual pads or panty liners
  • Laundry detergent
  • Perfumes and deodorants

Cure:

There is no cure, but it can be treated. Your gynecologist may prescribe external topical corticosteroids; however, they do have some extreme side effects. Discomfort can alternatively be alleviated with a variety of home remedies including using a cool compress or soaking in baths, followed by a moisturizing lotion regimen.

Use a cream with natural ingredients and no added perfume or fragrance. Aloe vera might be applied two or three times a day, but you'll want to watch to see how your skin responds. Adjusting eating habits along with stress reduction are also helpful in minimizing recurrence. Yogurt and acidophilus capsules have also been used to varying degrees of success.

Be careful not to scratch eczema bumps or the itchiness will intensify and the eczema will spread. These remedies may sound simple enough, but eczema is a tough culprit to clear up. It is essential to follow treatment advice on a daily basis.

Sexually Transmitted Vaginal Bumps

STD
Cause
Distinct Symptoms
Cure
Molluscum Contagiosum
Virus spread through skin-to-skin contact. Does not need to be sexual.
Smooth, shiny bumps with central indentation; varying sizes and colors. Filled with waxy substance, often itchy and sore.
Usually goes away on their own, but could take months.
Genital Herpes
Virus spread through skin-to-skin contact.
Itchy, burning and tingling blisters that break open then turn into sores.
No cure; symptoms can be managed, anti-virals reduce occurrence of outbreaks.
Genital Warts (HPV)
Virus spread through sexual contact.
Skin-colored, itchy bumps that are rough to the touch. Cauliflower-like appearance.
No cure; warts usually go away on their own (takes up to 2-years).

Maybe It's a Viral Infection (Molluscum Contagiosum)?

Molluscum Contagiosum: Smooth, round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation, firm to the touch, and filled with a waxy substance.
Molluscum Contagiosum: Smooth, round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation, firm to the touch, and filled with a waxy substance. | Source

Molluscum Contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a virus that spreads through close skin-to-skin contact, including but not limited to sexual contact. In the vaginal area, this virus appears in the form of smooth and shiny round bumps of varying size, with a central indentation. They are firm to the touch and filled with a waxy substance. The bumps appear in varied colors ranging from white, pink, red, and other flesh tones and are often itchy, swollen, and sore.

Cause:

Any activity that involves touching an infected person's bumps, touching the hand that scratched those bumps, or even contact with an infected towel or piece of clothing may expose you to the virus.

Cure:

They usually disappear on their own, but it may take months. However, if you are sexually active or worried about exposing someone else, treatment will shorten the healing time. Your doctor may treat them with dry ice, topical cream, or laser removal.

Is It Genital (Vaginal) Herpes?

Genital herpes may look something like this. There may be itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.
Genital herpes may look something like this. There may be itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes. | Source

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted virus (herpes simplex virus, or HSV) with no cure. Herpes lays dormant for periods of time, and it may reappear without warning under certain conditions, including menstruation, stress, and illness.

When symptoms are present, they may include itching, burning, or tingling sensations and painful blisters that turn into sores. Some people experience fever, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Cause:

You can contract vaginal herpes when your skin touches the skin of an infected partner during intercourse.

Cure:

As stated, there is no cure for herpes. After a positive diagnosis, a physician may prescribe a daily oral medication to prevent outbreaks. Another option that is available is the medication Acyclovir, which can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. This medication does not prevent herpes outbreaks, but it increases healing time and decreases symptoms once sores are present.

75%-80% of Americans carry at least one Herpes Simplex Virus (Type 1 or 2).

Infographic: Who Has Genital Herpes?
Infographic: Who Has Genital Herpes?

Could It Be Genital Warts (HPV)?

Vaginal warts: Skin-colored, itchy bumps, with the appearance of cauliflower, that are rough to the touch.
Vaginal warts: Skin-colored, itchy bumps, with the appearance of cauliflower, that are rough to the touch. | Source

Genital Warts

Another common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by certain strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts, which are not always visible to the eye but if they are, might be skin-colored, itchy bumps that have the appearance of cauliflower, and are rough to the touch.

You will most often find these bumps on more than one place of the vagina. After exposure to the virus, it takes six weeks to six months (and sometimes longer) for the bumps to develop, so there is likely a period of time when the infected individual has no clue they have been exposed. Some rarer strains of the virus are especially dangerous because they can cause cancer of the cervix and vulva.

Cause:

Genital warts are spread by skin-to-skin contact during sex. Because of the long incubation period, there is a chance HPV can be spread even when no warts are visible.

Cure:

While there is no cure for HPV, the infection sometimes clears on its own. Testing positive for HPV doesn't mean you need treatment: your doctor may opt instead for close monitoring, especially if it's a rarer strain of HPV that can lead to cancer. Very often, our bodies fight off the virus. If so, the warts go away without treatment—for most women, the infection clears up within two years.

There are treatments to help with the symptoms and possibly help lower the chance of passing the infection to a partner. These therapies might reduce, but don't ensure against infection. Warts may be removed by various means: However, even after removal, the virus may cause future outbreaks.

What Are the Guidelines for Seeking Medical Care?

Many of the causes described above do not require medical attention or a prescription. However, it's important for you to ascertain the exact cause of your bumps, and there's no way to be sure without getting the proper tests.

Your gynecologist is the only one who can determine the cause of those itchy bumps near your vagina.

If you suspect a sexually transmitted disease or infection is the culprit, you'll need medical care as soon as possible. If you have vaginal bumps that you believe are not sexually transmitted, and they last longer than three days, you'll still need to have them examined by a physician.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Questions & Answers

  • I have six ulcer-like bumps on one side of my outer labia. They are oval shaped, and have a white center, with red around the outside. For the past three months, I have only been sexually active with my husband. Can you please help me figure out what this could be?

    Your symptoms indicate that the bumps are likely caused by molluscum contagiosum. This is contracted by touching anything that has the virus on it, including people and surfaces. The bumps will eventually vanish on their own, but not for several months. Over the counter (OTC) remedies are available to quickly eliminate the bumps. The most effective treatments are listed below.

    Naturasil - a powerful homeopathic formula that gently clears Molluscum bumps (papules) while relieving itching and discomfort, without the pain of surgery.

    https://amzn.to/2vv3bp9

    SkinSmart - Excellent for minor skin conditions like rashes and molluscum contagiosum.

  • I have a painful white bump on my (swollen) clitoral hood, and two more on the inside of my vulva. I also have a yeast infection. Can the sores be due to the yeast infection, or could this be herpes? Also, if it is from the yeast infection, will clotrimazole work?

    Yeast infections can cause many secondary symptoms, including various types of vaginal bumps. The use of clotrimazole cream will eliminate both the yeast infection and the bumps, if the infection is indeed the cause.

  • I have a cluster of flesh colored bumps on one side of my clitoris. They are soft, skin colored, and never bleed or get hard and crusty. I have been married for 20 years. What could this be?

    I suspect that this bump cluster is genital warts, a form of HPV. Genital warts are often found in clusters. They are soft to the touch, flesh colored and itchy. This STD can lay dormant for many years before appearing. Please see a physician for an official diagnosis and treatment at your earliest convenience.

  • I accidentally popped an ingrown hair cyst located near my labia. Pus came out when it popped, and a tiny blood blister remains. Is this dangerous?

    Since there are no signs of current infection, you are not in any danger.

  • I have small hive-like bumps that are extremely itchy around my vulva and anus. The area is dry with white flakes. What could this be?

    I am suspicious that you may be experiencing "lichen sclerosus", a long-term skin condition that mainly effects both the genital and anal regions. Onset typically starts with small, smooth spots that are very itchy. Theses spots grow into larger white plaques that are thin and flakey. They can sometimes blister and bleed, and even become quite painful.

    Lichen sclerosus is not a contagious condition. It can not be given or transferred to another person by either touch nor sexual intercourse. Its cause is not exactly known; however, the immune system, hormones, heredity and/or injury are thought to play a role. There are creams and ointments available to relieve the symptoms and shorten healing time; unfortunately however, there is no cure (yet) for this recurrent condition.

    I have included links that contain additional information below; however, please refer to either your family practice physician or gynecologist to confirm or exclude this diagnoses.

    I wish you all the best, and hope you find resolve quickly.

    Sincerely,

    Rachael

    http://bit.ly/LichenSclerosis

    http://bit.ly/LichenSclerosusNHS

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    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      5 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Do you have a question?

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      Any related comments may still be left in this lower section if no reply is required. Thank you for your understanding.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      5 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Again Grrrr,

      I am quite certain that you are experiencing a stubborn yeast infection. I understand the 7 day "Monistat" cream is a cheaper alternative to short acting remedies; however, the cream is not as strong and is less effective than shorter acting creams such as "Monistat 1 Day Maximum Strength".

      I also recommend following up with a product that will stabilize your vaginal pH. RepHresh works great at restoring order, but it is rather spendy. There are several generic alternatives available at a fraction of the cost.

      I apologize for my delayed reply, and hope this finds you in good health. I wish you the best, and am thankful for your support.

      Sincerely,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      5 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Grrrr,

      I try to answer every question that lands on this article, but admit that it does take months at times. I have significant health issues myself that are autoimmune related, and am frequently in and out of the hospital, or debilitated at home on the couch. I do get to them when I am well enough however.

      There have also been some problems with questions and comments missing and/or lack of alert to them ever since the platform added the additional q and a section. It has been improving with time however.

      When I wrote this article I never knew how widespread the readership would be. It has taken on a life of its own, and would require a ful time moderator to answer every question on some days. I also have received numerous questions at my personal email and Facebook page after women read this article, wanted help, and found me.

      Like I said, I do try to answer every question, but it does take time. Many of the questions have been previously answered, and can be found by scrolling down if your question is urgent.

      I do sincerely thank you for your support, and hope you understand my predicament.

      I will be following up with a detailed answer to your problem shortly.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      18 months ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Jud,

      I'm suspecting it is caused by one of two things. The first being an allergic reaction to laundry soap residue on your clothing, soap used to clean on or around the genital area, or cheap sanitary products. If this is the cause, it can be prevented by switching to hypoallergenic laundry soap, and refraining from sanitary napkin use. Also, only use plain water and never soap on the genital area.

      The second cause may be folliculitis. This is caused from sweat or clothing friction that causes a blocked hair follicle, which leads to infection. If it is folliculitis, it can be prevented from returning by either not shaving, or ensuring a new, sharp razor is used if you do. Also, be sure to wear loose or no panties to avoid friction.

      Please try alleviating the bumps by trying the above suggestions; however, be sure to consult a physician if they do not clear up after 3 days.

      I wish you the best of luck Jud!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Jud 

      18 months ago

      I am still a virgin but I alwasy get bumps around my virgin, they are red at the start and latter contain puss and it hurts so bad when it’s readh to burst. Please help me because I have had this problem for the past 6 years and I really don’t know the cause. Thank you for your services.

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      afifa khan 

      2 years ago

      Hi Racheal. Thank you for your advise. you really helped me out.

      i just wanted to ask you 1 more query -

      my partner got tested and it had come out as scrotal calcinosis - i myself is from medical background and as far as i know these are not transferable and seems to be not painful also.

      just wanted to know what can be done in this concern??

      Note - we do had intercourse several times from last 6 months and i am perfectly fine.

      Do reply as i am waiting.

      Thank you in advance

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      PW 

      2 years ago

      I woke up and changed my clothes afew days ago to see a small (almost looking like a pimple but it's not red or anything) bump at the top of my vagina. It's where the lips (I'm sorry I don't know how to say this right I'm fairly young and have terrible anxiety) and I started to panic. I put some lotion on it and it's gone down some but not fully. It hasn't spread. Like I said I'm fairly young, still vergin so I know it's no

      STD or STI. I'm afraid to tell my mother because she's going to overreact. I'm scared because my family has a long line of cancer on both side that skips generations. It doesn't look like any picture on this sight so I'm alittle scared. Any ideas what it is? If it doesn't heal by the end of next month I'm going to confront my mother about this

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      2 years ago

      Hy dear..m a 24 years old.never involved in sexual activities..recently 2 to 3 small hard vesicles appeared on the skin of my labia majora.they are asymptomatic and hard and white .afterwards 2 others appeared at some distance..m just too worried as they are not going since almost 20 days...same as started..please tell me what can it be..they are neither itchy nor bursting no other symptom...

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      Myldredlbg1998 

      2 years ago

      Hi i'm not how this works but i need help. This morning when i woke up i notice that i had bumps that looks like Folliculitis and i have 13 of them some are spread and 4 of them are close, i'm not sure if it's because of my razor. But this is my first time having it and the boy that I've had sex with told me he was clean. But it does inch i'm not sure is its herpes or not but i am scared. Please help me .

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      jen 

      2 years ago

      i have a lot of bb sized lumps under the skin in my labia minora and nearby area, sometimes the swell and itch. i havent found anything that sounds like this anywhere. any ideas?

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      Shay 

      2 years ago

      Hello. I have 3 bumps on my labia minora. They don't look like warts, herpes, or any of the other bumps other websites have suggested. They don't itch or burn, if anything I can't feel them. Could it just be from irritation? Last time I had sex was in semptember and were in feb now.. they haven't changed either. Would you maybe know what this could be?

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      Audrey Hash 

      2 years ago

      I shaved my vigina and I cut myself couple times it hurt the next day it turned into small itchy bumps and they keep getting bigger its been a week now I don't know what to do what is it and what do I do

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      wtfudge 

      2 years ago

      I had sex the other night and have been uncomfortable ever since. I've been itching near the opening and then when I got a mirror today and looked down there there are a bunch of small red bumps down there on the right side. I'm freaking out because I've never had anything like this. Could it just be irritation from the lubricant used? Will it go away on its own? I'm super terrified because I have no clue what's going on with me.

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      diana 

      2 years ago

      Hey rachael . Ive got some question . I did sexual intercourse about 6 days before. And now i got a little pimple like lump inside my vagina not outside the lips of vagina. Its feel itchy . It did not feel rough to touch. Its soft. Is it kind of warts or herpes?

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      Kay 

      2 years ago

      hello Rachel

      days ago i developed symptoms which seemed like an uti infection, underwent treatment and then had a very itchy virgina and a burning sensation,...ever since i have developed painful sores around the opening of my virgina...i went for urine tests but the doctor said my urine is clear and there's nothing wrong with me...what causes that?

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Jenny Fisher,

      There is no way to determine what the bumps may be without additional details. Please reply with answers to the following questions so I can help you further:

      How long have you had these bumps?

      What size are they?

      Are the bumps clustered together, or spread apart?

      Have they gotten larger, or stayed the same size?

      Are they hard or soft to the touch?

      I look forward to your reply.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Jenny Fisher 

      2 years ago

      I have some red bumps around and in my vaginal opening, and on my inner vagina lips. I have had sex with my boyfriend, but he doesn't have any STD's...I don't know what it is?

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Jessica N.,

      The bump you are describing is a blood blister. Vaginal blood blisters are common since this area is very vascular and sensitive. It may have been caused from a variety of things including tampons, friction, or even clogged sweat glands. Blood blisters on the vagina are often painful and itchy.

      This blood blister will go away on its own within about 1 week. Touching it will prolong the healing.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Erica,

      Condoms will cause this reaction, and it will only get worse if you are washing the genital area with soap. Please be sure to wash with ONLY water, and the irritation should go away on its own.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @afifa khan,

      These do sound like benign bumps. My advice is to continue following the advice and treatment plan prescribed by your physician. These bumps are not sexually transmitted, and will not spread to your partner via intercourse.

      I am however concerned about the bumps on your partners testicles. Please do not have sex with him until he provides you with a written statement from the physician that states his bumps are a birth condition (in medical terminology), or go to the physician's office with him to be certain. Testicular bumps are typically not a birth condition, and in the slim chance they are, the physician would have used different terms for them such as hereditary, along with medical terminology for the specified type of bump.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @Lola,

      This sounds like either friction from the forceful penetration, or a reaction to condom friction. Be sure to use a lubricant to prevent friction and painful intercourse in the future. Also, make sure the lubricant is WATER-BASED only since lubes with other ingredients may cause the condom to break-down and fail.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @skulster,

      To avoid these benign bumps, please regularly wash the affected area (at least two to three times daily), and keep it dry and free from moisture. (If you must wear underwear) be sure to avoid silk or fabric that traps moisture, and wear only those created with cotton.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @J,

      This does not sound like an STD, but rather a condition known as Folliculitis. Folliculitis is caused by sweat or friction from clothing that blocks a hair follicle on or around the vagina.

      This condition will heal on its own within 1 to 2 weeks. For relief, a warm compress or saltwater rinse is effective.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi @Cindy,

      Your symptoms incline me to believe a condition known as lichen sclerosus is responsible. These small, pearly, itchy white spots are caused by inflammation within the affected area. A visit to your ob/gyn for verification, and prescription medication treatment, which may include a topical steroid, is necessary.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @v,

      The lumpy discharge and itching you are experiencing is the cause of a yeast infection. If this is your first infection, please see your physician for verification and medication.

      If you've previously been diagnosed with yeast infections in the past, and are confident this is what you are experiencing, you may treat the yeast infection at home with an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream such as Monistat. This medication will relieve the itching, and cure the infection.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @helpplease,

      These bumps are benign, with no cause for concern. They are a reaction to either friction of your pad rubbing against the area, or are an allergic reaction to the pad itself. Please use a different menstrual pad brand, and wash the affected area every time you use the restroom to clear up the bumps, and prevent future outbreaks.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello @margieeeeeeNg,

      Although you are not "very" sexually active, you have had intercourse. The bumps you describe are likely herpes bumps. Please see your ob/gyn for confirmation, and medication. For over-the-counter relief of these bumps you may apply Acyclovir cream to the affected areas. Acyclovir does not prevent future outbreaks, but it does speed the healing of current bumps, and alleviate pain caused from them.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi H,

      These bumps are caused from clogged hair follicles, and are common with shaving curly hair too close to the skin. The bumps will vanish on their own. To prevent this from happening again, either discontinue shaving, or ensure you are shaving with a new, sharp razor.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      2 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi @Lexi212,

      I am confident this single bump is caused from an allergic reaction to either pads or tampons, or a change in laundry detergent. Revert back to your old product brands to see if this cures the bump.

      Best Wishes,

      Rachael

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      Jessica N. 

      2 years ago

      And Im getting pretty worried. This has never happened to me before. I normally wash my vaginal area with soap. Could it be that?

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      Jessica N. 

      2 years ago

      Hi, Im a 20 year old virgen. 2 days ago I noticed this itch on my vaginal area. So I took a look to see what was going on, when I tried to see what it was I couldnt see anything but then I took a small mirror to get a better look, than I saw one single red bump about as big as a pencil eraser and its very dark red on the top. It itches like crazy and it bother me when I walk and sit. Its located right under my vaginal opening on the right side.

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      Erica 

      2 years ago

      Help me please!!! I had sex with a condom and I washed my vagina the next morning instead of that night. So a couple days after having sex I started itching downstairs and I scratched it because it became unbearable. The next morning I experienced a tender sensation so I thought to check and saw that my vaginal lips and inner vaginal lips had red itchy burning bumps. I thought if I kept cleaning them it would go away.

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      afifa khan 

      2 years ago

      I have this red pus filled bumps on my labia ( vaginal lips ) I was suffering from this from last 5-6 months , I went to a dermatologist she told me its folliculitis gave me some treatment – I was applying the cream twice daily – then suddenly my entire left lip got swelled up with all pus kind of pimples – I rushed to dermatolist she refered me to gyneac – she asked me to do all kind of tests wondering whether it is any STD – but let me specify I am still virgin – didn’t had sex anytime in my life yet – then I went to some physician – he gave me strong antibiotic dosages – within 5 days everything was curable – and then after 3 months – I am getting those small pimples again on my vagina – which goes off on their own – but I am worried as I am planning to have sex with my partner..can you please help?

      My one more concern is my partner has bumps on his testicles – he got it tested – doctor says its by birth and nothing can be done – its is not harmful at all – so should we get intimate or it is a kind of infection which will cause something more severe.

      Please do reply whatever you feel like – I am waiting

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      U Rimportant 

      2 years ago

      If you have ANY concerns about your body, especially your private parts... please get it checked out by a doctor!!!

      My Mom didn't get her concerns checked out until she had no choice. By the time she went to the doctor, it was too late. She had sepsis and pasted away a few days after she was hospitalized. I love her & miss her every day.

      Please don't be embarrassed to have a doctor check out whatever you have. They've seen it all. Also, they've seen so many body parts, they will not remember yours.

      You owe it to your loved ones & yourselves to get the best possible care you can.

      Almost anything, if caught early, is treatable. You don't have time to wait!

      Love y'all... good luck

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      Lola 

      2 years ago

      I get pimples in my pubic hair. I have been to multiple doctors and they keep telling me they don't know why. Im in my 60's and haven't had sex for a couple years. These pimples get red and sore and sometimes they break on their own and bleed. I use to only get one at a time but lately it has been 3 or 4. Sometimes I can pop them and puss comes out. Can you please help me???

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      maiden 

      2 years ago

      hi! last week my friends and i had swam on the beach. the water on the beach was not a very clear bcoz it rained the night b4. and after we had swam i had not washed my vagina thoroughly bcoz we ran out of fresh water. after that incident i started to notice small red bumps that sorrounds my vaginal opening. i quickly washed my vagina when i noticed the bumps. in the first week it was not itchy but 4days ago it started to itch really bad that it distracted me even when i walk, sit, or even when i sleep. the itchiness spread near my annus but the bumps did not spread. i dont know what is going on. the itchiness decreases when i watch my v with clean water but after a few minutes it will come back again. im a virgin so i dont think its STD. what will i do?? pls help me. im embarassed to tell my mom and to go to an ob.

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      Alisha Gupta 

      2 years ago

      I cut my pubic hair with scissor in very small size (Coz big hair irritates me) & now whenever the hair follicles touch each other, my labia majoras start itching & sometimes becomes fiery! like somebody is pinching me with pin.. It's very ridiculous, when this kind of thing happens in public place.. I have tried hydrocortisone ointment 1%, till the time of usage it is fine! but whenever I go to toilet, after washing the vagina, same irritation starts.. it seems like burning.. It distracts my mind & I just can't concentrate on my work.. mood always remain irritated. Shall i use apple cider vinegar poured in a cotton swab & dab it on the itchy areas? Plz suggest as I dont want to visit a gynaecologist..

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      Sarah 

      2 years ago

      Okay so I have small bumps on the folds of my vagina kinda. It's hard to explain. And I'm almost certain it's herpes or vagina warts because of the symptoms I read. But the thing about that is that I'm a virgin. And I have no insurance to see a doctor and no money for this type of stuff. Lol. Help!!!

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      jessica 

      2 years ago

      hi, i have one itchy bump near the opening of my vagina and im really concerned. Its a small bump but it itches , and i had it for almost a month. It doesnt hurt or have any discharge. I am virgin so i dont think its a STD! What should i do?

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      skulster 

      2 years ago

      hello mam or sir,In my private part sourrounding red spot and they itching ..

      when i wear underwear then by the help of moisture in my private part sourrouding itching started and red spot occurs...plz help me for this query

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      2 years ago

      Hello,

      I just discovered a small bump on the inside of my outer labia where my pubic hair grows. It looks like a slightly larger version of the regular bumps in my vaginal skin. It's not red or itchy or painful.

      I noticed a similar bump a few months ago and it went away after a few days.

      I have experienced some vaginal itchiness, but not exactly where the bump was. I don't shave, but I do use Summer's Eve soap, and wear athletic pants. I'm not sexually active, but I did have unprotected sex once a few years ago.

      Could this be latent herpes or warts from that?

      Thank you very much!

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      Cindy 

      2 years ago

      Hi 2 days ago I started getting itchy down there and thought it was normal and it will go away in a day but then it didn't so I decided to see if there's anything down there there's this pearly really close to each other kind of skin on my inner lips it's red the color of my inner lips and it freaked me out I am a virgin and never had any sexual encounter I am 21 by the way

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      3 years ago

      so I've been getting itchy on my inner lips of my labia majora on the sides and when i look between it and labia minora i see white small almost parmesan cheese looking stuff...i don't what it is and im freaking out .....it doesn't itch all the time..i guess it's sort of on and off and sometimes i do get odor in discharge or its a weird color but im really bad at that part because i typically get discharge right before my period too? idk im young please help me understand what is this

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      helpplease 

      3 years ago

      I am freaking myself out - but currently I am on my period and wearing pads. I woke up with an a rash around my anus as well as on the side of my vulva where my legs attach to my torso (inner thighs near vagina). It is red and there are some bumps. Obviously I look on google and then get all freaked out worrying its herpes or something. I have been working out a lot lately as well- so I wasn't sure if it was like diaper rash (since I am wearing a pad) or what else it could be. Thanks in advance for your help.

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      margieeeeeeNg 

      3 years ago

      Hi, am 25 and not really sexually active, I have been having to run back to the bathroom after bathing to till wash my virginal for 4 months now and then right after I had intercourse I started to itch and had a burning sting,redish virginal lips with very tiny blisters @d lips of my virginal, I can't wear pads or panties cause it hurts so much what can dis be

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      3 years ago

      so i shaved my vagina hairs and there are itchy pimples on it. ( i know they are pimples because they look like them) and i think its cuz the razor was dirty or something. should i put cortizone or something on them?

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      Lexi212 

      3 years ago

      Hi,

      About 2 days ago I noticed one single small bump on my inner labia minora. It's painless, no itch or anything. This is the first time this has happened to me and I'm not sure what it is or what to think. It doesn't have a whitehead or look like it can be popped. Should I be worried? Will it eventually go away on its own?

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Thank you so much for your kind comment Evane!

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Love,

      This sounds like vaginal acne. Please follow the instructions above to treat this condition most effectively.

      Best of luck to you.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi B,

      This is likely due to a change in your vaginal pH levels, and not cause for concern. To maintain steady pH levels be sure not to wash the area with soap, do not douche, and eat a healthy diet.

      Best of luck to you.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi jas,

      Well, the good news is this does not sound at all like an STD, but instead the hypersensitivity of the nerves in the vagina. Try to avoid tight clothing, and only wear cotton underwear to help decrease the sensitivity.

      Best of luck to you.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi hmr2016,

      This is likely caused from underwear friction rubbing against your thigh. Add hot compresses numerous times daily followed by dabbing the bumps with hydrogen peroxide. This will relieve the itching, and increase healing time drastically.

      Best of luck to you.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi kits,

      Were you tested for genital warts as well? What you are describing sounds exactly like them. One way to tell at home if in fact you do have genital warts is to apply plain vinegar to the entire area. Even if bumps are not present, the area will display white spots after the vinegar is applied if indeed you do have this condition. I hope this helps!

      All the best to you.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello tammy,

      Soap can cause all sorts of problems when used on the vaginal area, including leaving itchy bumps like you've described. The best thing you can do to shorten their duration is cleanse the area at least three times daily with plain water. Be sure to dry it thoroughly, then and add a 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide mixture to the affected area, and let it air dry. By following this regime, the bumps should begin to clear up within 24-hours.

      I wish you all the best.

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Flamingo97,

      These pink bumps you are describing are likely not herpes bumps, but instead razor or friction bumps as you suspected.

      It is very difficult to transmit genital herpes from the vagina to the mouth, then back to a vagina, due to the acidic environment inside of the mouth.

      Your bumps will likely clear up in a few days. to speed the healing make sure to keep the area clean, and apply a hypoallergenic lotion.

      I wish you the best.

      Rachael

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      SZQ TV 

      3 years ago

      Oh wow! I didn't know there is acne and wart in vagina until I read this article. Surely very enlightening and informative! Great hub!

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      Love 

      3 years ago

      I have multiple bums around my thigh and one side of my vaginal they look like pimples but they don't hurt when I touch them or in general I pop them and all they do is bleed.. They don't affect me they just look ugly and I want them to go away they come in go they get bad when I shave. Down there I work in pennie hoes please help me

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      3 years ago

      on Tuesday I had a discharge with a smell which lasted only on that day, later that day I discovered a bump on my vagina near the back. Now on Friday I checked on the bump and its smaller. Also when I let my hair grow I feel itchy. This is about the second time that happens, should I be worried? If it helps the last time I was active was about 5 months ago.

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      jas 

      3 years ago

      hi, lately I've been itchy down there & uncomfortable to walk in jeans, I'm 17 & sexually active with my boyfriend. I used to shave frequently but stop & let the hairs grow out. I get a weird feeling down there at sertain time, like a needle poking me. I've looked down there but see no bumps, what could this mean??

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      hmr2016 

      3 years ago

      Okay, I have a single bump on my pubic area. (Almost on my inner thigh) Its just one bump by itself that is bleeding out this kind of blood tinted liquid. Its rather small. Smaller than a pencil eraser. Its painful and itchest and the skin underneath the bump is hard. The bump seems to bleed or leak whatever it is at all times and it won't pop like a pimple because that's what I thought it was at first. Any ideas? I'm beyond lost and just want to get rid of it being this painful.

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      kits 

      3 years ago

      In the last 6 months I have had very painful intercourse. At first I thought it was a change in birth control causing dryness since it felt like I was being ripped when he entered. I have also been feeling itchiness and some inflammation after sex. I used to get yeast infections when in high school since I was a competitive swimmer and constantly in wet swimsuits but those were unbareable and caused itchiness all over. But now I have developed a very localized itch and pain on the right lower outside of the vagina opening. If i feel where it itches there is slightly raised skin and it feels a bit dry and sore to touch. Any visible bump is pin sized and appears to be slightly white like a pore or sweat gland under the skin. I cannot pop it and it is very very small.

      PS. Same boyfriend for 5 years. Have been tested for yeast syph chlamyd hpv at last gyno visit right after painful sex started. She believed it was just dryness but I did not have outer redness or localized itching at the time

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      tammy 

      3 years ago

      Hello everyone, I was wondering if I could get some advice on my recent vaginal changes.

      I had let my pubic hair grow out for a week or two and I was freshening myself up with a razor and I used a TON of soap down there. I didn't know before hand that this is seriously not recommended, and immediately after I got out of the shower I started to notice itchiness.

      Shortly after that I had intercourse and my muscles near the opening of my vagina were extremely tight, it was quite painful. The next day my labias were still very red and the tightness had loosened some. The third day the redness is still fading, there is no more tightness, but now I have noticed small bumps.

      They are in my pubic hair region above my labias, and one the outer edge of the vagina. The itchiness had never faded since this happened and I scratched. The bumps aren't next to each other, are very small, red, and only one of them had a head with some sort of substance in it. I gently popped it and the fluid did not look like pus, just clear. What can I expect this to be, and when might it go away? How can I help it heal faster? Thank you for any feedback.

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      Flamingo97 

      3 years ago

      The guy I've been messing around with has only been oral with one other girl(but she is a hoe) He went down on me a couple weeks ago. And I've noticed these little bumps. They are pink and they don't itch. I'm just worried it might be herpes. I think it might be razor burn but they have been here for a few weeks now.

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Kim,

      Please check your email for my response. Thank you and good luck!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Anna,

      These bumps are not typical of herpes; however, I am concerned that the bumps may be vaginal warts (HPV). Vaginal warts often appear in clusters or lines, and are flesh colored. Since you are not experiencing any unusual discharge it likely is not caused from a pH imbalance; however, if you have been using pads this could cause bumps, but not typically in a strait line.

      Please have these bumps checked out by your Ob/Gyn to either confirm or exclude vaginal warts. If it is vaginal warts they are highly contagious, and if left untreated can even cause cancer.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Good luck to you Anna.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello am,

      This is likely a reaction from new detergent, using soap in the area, or a change in your pH levels. The bump will likely go away on its own within a few days. Please let me know if it doesn't, or if you have any other questions. Good luck to you am.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Kim 

      3 years ago

      A few days ago I began getting itchy, and uncomfortable "down there", and my mother said it could be a yeast infection. I got Canesten, and it has really helped. I am worried though because I am supposed to start my period next week, I am on the pill and I am sexually active. I began to notice discharge that was a orange/red tint, and of course the powder from the Canesten pill that came out in my liner. It's been two days, and today I noticed again, the discoloured discharge on my underwear (almost like a rust colour) I don't know if this is blood, or what. I also noticed a red, flat, almost skin coloured bump/lump right near the opening of my vagina. It doesn't itch or hurt, should I be worried?

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      Anna 

      3 years ago

      Hi

      I just wanted to add, that today I figured out why the bumps are in a straight line: they're placed where my labia minora 'closes', so where it touches the other one, which makes me think even more that it's a ph imbalance.

      I'm still pretty worried, seeing that the bumps do seem to go in my vagina, or at least in the beginning of the opening.

      Let me know what you think? And thanks in advance!

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      Anna 

      3 years ago

      Hi,

      About four weeks ago I had unprotected sex. About a week ago I started noticing very tiny bumps going in a straight line from my vagina to my labia minora. It also burns a bit and itches. In the beginning I was looking for hours on the internet what it could be, and I feared it might be herpes. But then I came across some of your answers, that explained that pads and ph imbalance can cause bumps as well. About the day before I noticed the bumps I was wearing a pad and it was a bit wet with urine. So i think this might have caused a ph imbalance. What do you think? Does it sound more like herpes?

      The bumps haven't popped and are flesh-coloured and don't seem to have any fluid in them. It's sort of hard to describe them, seeing I can barely see them. I can mostly just feel them and see that there is a rough patch in a straight line on my labia minora.

      The bumps concern me, because of the placement and also the fact that they go in a straight line.

      Could you maybe give me some advice? I'm currently on an exchange, so I will go to my doctor when I get back. (I just need some advise, so I stop spending my time googling my symptoms)

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      am 

      3 years ago

      Hi!

      The lips of my outer vagina (if... that description makes sense?) have been itching like mad for the past few days- I took a look at it today and there's a red spot, about the size of a mosquito bite. It doesn't hurt, just itches, and there doesn't seem to be anything inside- and it won't pop (even after I've applied a hot compress). There's only one, and I'm a virgin so I doubt that it's a STD. Any ideas?

      -Nikki

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello NJgirl,

      This doesn't sound like an STD, and as it sounds, you are 13 and not sexually active. What you are describing is likely a boil or ingrown hair.

      Place a very warm water compress (washcloth) on the bump multiple times per day to soften it up. It should pop on its own within three days of applying compresses.

      If this does not work, please post another comment and let me know, and I will be more than happy to walk-through other options with you. Best of luck to you!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello c,

      This sounds exactly like molluscum contagiosum. Molluscum Contagiosum is a virus that is usually painless, and is spread by direct contact with a contaminated object like towels, clothing or sexual contact. It can last from two months to four years. A prescription or surgical treatments is available, but not necessary.

      The virus can survive on surfaces that are touched by the skin of a person with the virus. The virus also transfers to other parts of your body when it is touched by the contagious area.

      If you are not planning on treating this and letting it run its course and you become sexually active again please see a physician for treatment so it does not spread to your partner.

      I hope I was able to help you c, and wish you the best of luck. If you have any additional questions, or I didn't answer your question fully, please let me know in the comments. Also, please keep me updated!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello LuisaVenus,

      These do sound like herpes bumps. Herpes bumps are very different from any other kind of bump because they break open. Please see your Ob/Gyn for an official diagnoses and medication. Best of luck to you!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello horsegirl94,

      I am sorry to deliver this news to you, but the rash like bumps you are describing sound identical to herpes bumps. Herpes begins as small bumps, and are often clustered like a rash. With time, herpes bumps break open and form what is a scab like crust on top of them.

      I highly urge you to see you Ob/Gyn for an official diagnoses and medication. Please update me if you have time, and any further questions are welcomed. Best of luck to you.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Hailee,

      These bumps are likely caused from a pH imbalance. When a pH imbalance in this region occurs, it is not easy to stop its effects unless a specific regimen is followed.

      The quickest way to restore the pH is to apply an over-the-counter medicine such as repHresh to the vagina and the effected area. If money is a concern, you may also irrigate the area (including the vagina) with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is very effective at restoring the pH, but it does take about a month for the balance to fully restore.

      I hope this helped. If you have any additional questions please let me know. Good luck to you!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello kaseylanes,

      Can you please describe the texture of the bumps, and at what rate they became larger? Thanks!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      NJgirl 

      3 years ago

      I am a 13 year old virgin but lately I've had a very small red bump on the external part of my vagina. The underwear I wear is tight around that area so maybe thats a reason but IDK. It's been bothering me for a few days so what is it and how do I treat it?

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      3 years ago

      A few days ago I noticed a bump on my vagina. It is tender to the touch and is red but does not itch. I have not had sexual intercourse in six years. It is just one bump with a black dot in the middle of it. I'm freaking out. What can it be?

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      LuisaVenus 

      3 years ago

      Hi, I have been experiencing some slight discomfort on my mons pubis area. There are a few pimple like bumps appearing and they do come and go. I will usually wash it and it will pop on its own after 2 or 3 days and heal but after a few days new ones will appear. Its almost a month and i dont know whats happening. Is it herpes or just rashes.. Hope you can help me out...

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      horsegirl94 

      3 years ago

      I'm in a relationship and both my partner and I have been faithful to each other. Recently I have noticed very itchy, small, red, bumps around the part of my vagina closer to my behind. I have never had this happen before, I am not necessarily in pain unless I scratch them too hard. PLEASE HELP!! I am freaking out. They seem as though they are sores but in a rash sort of way. The location of the bumps makes me think that it may be from friction or tight clothing but I think it is more than that.

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      Hailee 

      3 years ago

      I have had these itchy, rash-looking, under-the-skin sort of bumps that get irritated if i touch my vagina a lot. They're right by the entrance to the vagina. There's discharge here and there, too. They have been there for a few months now, and I have been foolish to not inform my mom to take me to the doctor's, but I'm really just embarrassed about the whole subject. I've been trying to figure out what's wrong online but no pictures or descriptions seem to match what is happening down there. I have never had sexual contact with anyone, though I'm sure there are ways I could have gotten something without having intercourse. These areas aren't always itchy or irritated, but they have been there for months now and it's scaring the hell out of me. Thought it was a yeast infection but it's been there for much longer than yeast infections stick around. I know I need to go to the doctor's, but I'd like to know if anyone has a clue as to what may be wrong with me? Any info or advice would be super great.

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      kaseylanes 

      3 years ago

      i have large swollen lumps around my vagina theyre itchy and painful it makes it hard to sit, walk, or even sleep ive had a yeast infection before and i know that this is not a yeast infection theyre not small bumps either i had sex with a boy maybe one or two weeks ago but they didnt apear until yesterday so i dont know if those two are connected please help im pretty worried

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Readers:

      Please feel free to ask any questions related to vaginal bumps, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

      For people posting advertisements, physician phone numbers, and website spam: All posts are reviewed by me prior them being visible to the public. All advertising and spam posts are not allowed in these comments, will not be seen by the public, and will be immediately deleted.

      Special note to readers: Please feel free to assist me in answering any questions you may know the answer to. Thank you all so much for your continued support, and for helping to make this article and comment forum a success!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Texasgirl,

      This could be a reaction to the tampons or pads used during your menstrual cycle. Try to switch the brand of tampons/pads that you're using to see if that helps.

      As to the bumps on your breast, please see a physician for a diagnoses. They are likely pimples, but bumps on the breasts are nearly impossible to attempt a diagnoses online.

      Good luck to you Texasgirl! Please feel free to respond with any additional questions.

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Michelle,

      From what you have described, you have nothing to worry about. This sounds very typical of a simple vaginal pimple, and not an STD. I know it is easy to worry when a bump reoccurs, but as your physician explained, if it were an STD it would last much longer than 5 days. Any STD that may have a shorter life appears in a much different form than you've described.

      Please follow the guidelines above for treating vaginal pimples. Try not to worry when it comes back, but if you can't help but fear, take a photo of it to show your Ob/Gyn so he/she can confirm it's a pimple, and relieve your nerves.

      If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask anytime.

      Best of luck to you Michelle!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Nana424,

      This doesn't sound like an STD, and as it sounds, you are 13 and not sexually active. What you are describing is likely a boil or ingrown hair.

      Place a very warm water compress (washcloth) on the bump multiple times per day to soften it up. It should pop on its own within three days of applying compresses.

      If this does not work, please post another comment and let me know, and I will be more than happy to walk-through other options with you.

      Good luck to you Nana424!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello blcleg,

      Using soap on/near the genital area is a huge culprit of vaginal bumps. The bumps are caused from the soap washing away the normal flora in your vagina. This causes a pH imbalance, which creates the bumps.

      Be sure to discontinue any soap use in this area, and wash only with plain water. It may take a couple of months for the pH balance to return to normal. There are over-the-counter products on the market that speed up the pH normalization process including one product called "RepHresh" http://www.rephresh.com/. It can be purchased at your local drugstore or Walmart.

      If you have any further questions please feel free post them anytime. Good luck to you blcleg!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Texasgirl 

      3 years ago

      I just started my cycle and I have burning and itching. The bumps are on the outside of the vagina opening. I also have a couple of sore spots that showed up on one of my breast on the areola.

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      Michelle 

      3 years ago

      I'm not sure how active this thread still is, but I have a question regarding a vaginal bump. I had unprotected sex with a man I met in another country. About six weeks later, a pimple-like bump appeared on the inside of my outer labia. I freaked out and went to a doctor. It was about 5 days later that I got an appointment, and by the time I saw the doctor the bump was gone. She told me it couldn't be anything serious if it went away that quickly on it's own. That was a bit of a relief, but ever since I've been paranoid. It's been about a year and a half since then, and I still am always checking for bumps. And since then, I've had about 4 more exactly the same, but at different times. So I get one bump. Looks like a pimple. Within a week, it's completely gone. One of the last ones I had, I touched it and it looked like some white stuff came out. Not really puss, but maybe plaque? I know that wouldn't happen with anything like genital warts... I have a physical booked with my own doctor in about a month. But in the mean time, it would be nice to get someone else's opinion. Sometimes they are a little painful, but for the most part, I probably wouldn't notice them unless I was looking for them... which I always am, now. So I don't know if I'm just being paranoid ever since that one sexual encounter, or if it's something more serious. I'm getting tired of thinking about it every day, though. Ever since then, I also haven't shaved down there, thinking it may have just been an ingrown hair or something. But considering I'm still getting them from time to time, and there's no irritation from shaving, I really don't know what it is.

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      blcleg 

      3 years ago

      About a month ago I tried a new soap and ended up getting a major infection from it. It cleared up and I got my period about a week after. Everything was normal, no itching, no discharge. Once my period ended the itching came back and now there are small bumps around my vagina. They are extremely itchy. I had sex with a condom. Is it possible they are an std or something else?

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Ec,

      These skin colored, skin tag looking strips of skin are actually the remnants of the hymen. When the hymen breaks (also known as the "cherry popping"), often times it does not tear away from the skin. Many cases of hymen remnants wear away over time with penetration. Childbirth is also another known factor in the elimination of these; although, not always. Sometimes, thick strips of hymen remnants will remain for a lifetime.

      In some cases where the hymen is very long or irritating a woman may choose to have it removed by a physician. But, this is uncommon, and typically not necessary.

      It may seem embarrassing, but trust me - more women than not have these hymen remnants, including me.

      Here are some interesting hymen facts: http://www.pinkpleasureplace.com/anatomy/female-ex...

      Good luck to you Ec! Please feel free to ask any additional questions.

      Best,

      Rachael

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Kaye796,

      You are correct, this does not at all sound like an STD. If you do not have eczema on other areas of your body, this is likely not the case either however.

      Another condition that mimics the appearance of eczema bumps are allergy/sensitivity bumps and irritations, which is what I suspect you are dealing with. It is often difficult to determine the exact source of this irritation or allergy; however, there are several things you can do to cure this condition by eliminating the use of certain items.

      1. Be sure to NEVER use soap on the vaginal area. This is a very common cause of bumps, irritations, and pH imbalances. Only cleanse the area with plain water (3x daily until the irritation is cleared up).

      2. Change your laundry soap brand. Laundry soaps are also notorious for triggering such bumps.

      3. Do not wear underwear, or be sure the underwear you are wearing are only cotton. The highest level of bacteria on your body is on the genital region, and underwear only increases the level of negative bacteria found here. It's best to wear no underwear at all so air freely flows prohibiting high volumes of "bad" bacteria to grow. If you feel you must wear underwear, be sure they are 100% cotton, as this is the most breathable form of cloth.

      In the unlikely event that the above suggestions do not begin to work in three days, please see your Ob/Gyn to ensure this is not eczema, or a pH imbalance caused irritation.

      Best of luck to you Kaye796!

      Best,

      Rachael

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      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Brooke,

      It is not at all uncommon for a bump or bumps to appear on/near the vaginal area during menstruation.

      There are a couple of reasons why this happens. The most common reason is the body's sensitivity to feminine pads or tampons. Try to change brands to see if the bump no longer returns. The second reason is your body reacting directly to the menstrual flow. Be sure to keep the area clean and dry during your period, and change feminine products more frequently to avoid overwhelming the area with a great amount of menstrual flow.

      If you have any further questions, please let me know. Also, please update us and let us know if the above suggestions worked! I love to hear updates.

      Good luck to you Brooke!

      Best,

      Rachael

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Samantha,

      Are these bumps clustered together? Multiple clustered bumps are more typical of an STD, and you should have them examined if this is the case.

      If the bumps are more spread out it is more than likely some form of acne or allergy. Try changing your laundry soap, avoid non-cotton underwear, and never use soap in this region.

      You can wash the area with plain water three times daily, and follow the cleansing by applying hypoallergenic lotion. If within three days the bumps do not begin to clear, please see your Ob/Gyn to rule out an STD. Good luck to you Samantha!

      Best,

      Rachael

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hi Shari,

      Can you please provide me more details about these bumps? For instance, you mentioned they get larger and smaller. Do they get larger under certain circumstances such as menstruation or exercise? Also, are these bumps continuous, and do they "pop" as they get smaller?

      Thank you for providing more details.

      Sincerely,

      Rachael

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Hello Commenters,

      I apologize for being absent, and unavailable to answer your questions recently. I will try to get them in the next day or two.

      I also would like to invite and encourage other readers to assist me in answering any questions you feel able to answer. This will help introduce more dialogue, and would assist me greatly since I have been struggling with fatigue from an autoimmune disease.

      Thank you so much for your help, patience, and for adding to this article for continued success!

      Sincerely,

      Rachael

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      Ec 

      4 years ago

      Hi.

      So I shaved down there this morning, and a couple of hours afterwards I have noticed around 5 small pimple looking spots come up on just one side of my vagina flap. This made me panic enough but then I found a very large, skin tag like flap of skin lower down, outside my vagina. It looks like it's barely attached, is the exact colour of my skin and is really odd. None of the above are itching or are uncomfortable, but I'm terrified as I've never had anything like this before. I should mention I have been with my partner over a year, I have been tested for the usual since being with him, and we have both been faithful throughout.

      I'm really embarrassed about going to my dr. Could this be a shaving reaction? I did use a different cream for it today. As for the flap of skin what on earth could that be??

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      Kaye796 

      4 years ago

      Maybe someone here can give me an answer because I'm starting to worry. About a week ago, give or take, I began to notice a persistent, awful itch on both the right and left side of my vaginal opening. That is to say, not the labia, but the actual skin on both sides. It's red and patchy, and almost looks rash like. The closest picture of the above to what I have is the eczema, but I'm still not certain. The itch has actually toned itself down without the use of creams in the last couple of days but the rash is still there and still itches. Now the itch is bad but not as bad. However, the rash appears slightly worse than it was before, but I only took a mirror down there to examine it a couple of days ago, after I got curious if there was something down there causing it. Other than then red rashy bumpy patches, I've no other symptoms. There has been no discharge save for my usual, colorless, odorless discharge, no unusual situations in or around my privates other than the above mentioned. If anyone has any idea what might be going on with me please drop me a line. If I can save a trip to the doctor that would be great. I should mention I'm certain it's not an STD or STI because I'm not and never have been sexually active.

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      Brooke 

      4 years ago

      I get a redish bump in the same spot every period i have on the right lip of my vagina it doesnt really hurt or itch and goes away a few days after it appears.

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      Samantha 

      4 years ago

      I have had a few itchy red bumps in the right side of my vaginal lips for months. The itching comes and goes. I am sexually active. Any ideas on what this could be?

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