Bump on Labia
A bump on labia majora can be uncomfortable at best and downright annoying too. Bumps or lumps near the vagina or genitals are common but very irksome. When women encounter these bumps in such an area, it is natural to worry about sexually transmitted diseases. This could be one of the reasons for your bump on labia, but it is not the only one. Being aware of some of them will assist you in identifying the possible cause of any lumps in the vaginal area.
What are the Labia Majora?
Labia majora is a part of the vaginal area. It is the folds of skin that is on either side of the vulva and is most often covered with pubic hair. This are is most often the colour of the skin or a shade darker. When you feel a bump in these outer folds of the skin of the vagina, this is referred to as lump on the labia.
What can Cause Bumps on the Labia?
Bumps on the labia can occur due to many reasons. One of the most common is the formation of a cyst. The cysts that develop in the labia are most often due to a blocked skin glands. Labia cyst looks like a pimple on labia and should not under any circumstances be broken or squeezed. These may retract back with topical treatment or should be drained by a medical practitioner with sterilized equipment. If you burst these pimples on your own, you could introduce germs to the wound that will cause infection. Most common genital cysts include bartholin cyst and skene's duct cyst. Bartholin cysts are the most common form of cysts that occur in the labia majora. They can become large and painful and will require a doctor to drain the puss if infected.
Do I have Folliculitis?
Folliculitis occurs when hair follicles get blocked. This is quite common in the pubic area as it contains hair. A bump on labia can be often be an indication of folliculitis. This will be accompanied by itching and a rash. These lumps are large, painful and tender. Therefore, it may need draining, if not answering to topical creams. Antibiotics will be prescribed for infection that can occur with folliculitis. Folliculitis is caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi that infect the hair follicles. Wearing tight clothing, shaving the pubic area, excessive sweating may all cause folliculitis.
What about Genital Herpes?
If you have multiple sexual partners, and have unprotected sexual intercourse, you can get genital herpes. Itchy, burning lesions resembling bug bites that become blisters in a couple of days can indicate genital herpes. This is a highly contagious disease and you will not know of it till the sores appear. The herpes simplex virus (HSV) can lie dormant for many years after invading the body, and will reactivate when triggered. Herpes is incurable and the only way to prevent the spread of herpes is to practice safe sex. Another STD that causes pimple on labia is the human papilloma virus (HPV). Cauliflower shaped genital warts or bumps are common symptoms of HPV. Medication is necessary as it is highly contagious.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum of the genitals is a common sexually transmitted viral infection that causes painless papules on the vulva. If you see small ? inch papules with a dot on the top you could be having molluscum contagiosum. Medical advice is necessary as itching increases the spread of infection to other areas in the body.
There are many more reasons for a bump on labia. If you are experiencing a bump or lump anywhere in the genital area, you should obtain medical advice without delay. Timely treatment could prevent infection and the spread if it is a contagious disease.