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Vulva sores and boils refer to a painful pus-filled, inflamed lump that develops under the skin on the outer part of the female genitals. They can develop on the vulvar region around your vagina, the pubic area, and even the labia. Vulva sores and boils are pretty common, and they usually happen when bacteria enter the body through the skin or hair follicles (sweat glands) and causes infection. Boils start out as red coloured small bumps, but they become more painful and swollen as they grow over time. While vulva sores and boils usually heal in a few weeks, some cases might be severe. Hence, if you see pimple-like spots on your vagina, you must visit a doctor or gynaecologist to get a correct diagnosis and immediate treatment. Apart from removing the boils, treatment can also help to reduce the pain.
Yes, vaginal boils can be contagious and spread from skin-to-skin contact. Some preventive measures that can be taken to prevent the infectious disease are:
Some common signs and symptoms of vulva sores and boils are:
Boils are caused by an infection called staphylococcus, and it only leads to problems when it gets inside the body. When bacteria get inside the skin from areas that have been cut, boils, and hair follicles, sores filled with pus will form. Some causes of vulva sores and boils include:
The most common vulva sores and boils treatment is by draining the boils. A doctor or gynaecologist usually applies an antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage to heal the boil. Severe boils that are deeper in the skin might need a treatment with oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics. The type of antibiotic prescribed varies from person to person as it depends on the nature and severity of the infection.
Some common tips to reduce your odds of getting future vulva sores and boils are:
The inputs are provided by Dr Asha Hiremath, Consultant - Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Motherhood Hospitals, Indiranagar, Bangalore.