Are you worried about that bump on your vagina? Well, you need not be, unless the bump is more like a sore, changes colors, shape or size, or is oozing. Here’s a look at what that bump might actually be.
1) Infected Hair Follicle and Ingrown Hair
Hair removal in the pubic area may lead to ingrown hair or an infected hair follicle, causing a painful bump. Ingrown hair are the most common reason for a vaginal bump. However, it can easily be removed with the help of a mirror and tweezers. Though these go away in a week or ten days on their own, avoiding grooming down there for some time might provide relief.
Vaginas are also a part of the body and are equally prone to an acne breakout as any other body part. Breakouts in the vaginal area would feel itchy, red and may or may not be filled with pus. Avoid squeezing the pimples to prevent them from aggravating into more troublesome zits. They will go away on their own in a week or ten days just like they do in other body parts.
3) New Skin Tags or Moles
Skin tags usually develop as a result of constant skin-to-skin friction between two areas and moles develop when you spend a lot of time in the sun. It is quite possible that the new bump that you are seeing is a skin tag or a mole in development. While a skin tag is relatively harmless, a mole warrants closer attention.
Normal moles are round and may be raised or flat. But if you have developed a variety that changes colour, is not round in shape or increases in size over time, then you need to get it checked.
4) Genital Warts
Caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), genital warts are sexually transmitted infections. Small in size, vaginal warts may be the same color as the vagina skin or slightly darker. They may be smooth or rough to the touch.
While doctors feel that genital warts themselves do not cause any health concerns, it is still important to get them checked. This is because if these are caused by the HPV, then it might increase the chances of developing serious diseases like cervical cancer.
5) Sebaceous Cysts
Sebaceous cysts are fluid-filled bumps and look like acne. As most women wear constrictive underwear for most part of the day, a vagina does not get the air it needs. The moist environment and the constant rubbing of the part with different kinds of fabrics may lead to the development of sebaceous cysts. Sometimes these may get infected but the infection stays restricted to the groin area. Topical creams, suggested by a doctor, and warm soaks can provide relief from these.
6) Bartholin’s Cysts
A woman’s lubrication comes from glands located on each side of the vaginal opening. When these glands get blocked, Bartholin’s cysts may develop. If the cyst is small, one can wait for it to resolve on its own, but if it’s big, then a doctor might want to drain it and prescribe antibiotics.
7) Infected Sweat Glands
Moist or wet pubic area traps the sweat against the skin causing the sweat glands in that area to get blocked and infected, leading to painful bumps. Washing the area with clean water, changing immediately into dry clothes and keeping the area dry will help prevent these.
8) Molluscum Contagiosum
Spread by a virus with the same name, this infection leads to pearly, small but firm bumps in the genital area. The infection is contagious and the resultant bumps can appear anywhere on the body.
This sexually transmitted disease (STD) is characterized by small painless bumps at the site of infection. Though these usually go within three to six weeks, untreated syphilis can be life-threatening.