If you get an unexpected sore, blister, or pimple on your labia, around your vagina, or inside your vagina, you may wonder what caused it, what it is, and whether it has to be treated. There can be many sources of these sores, blisters, and pimples, including ingrown hairs on the outer labia, sexually transmitted infections, too much friction, and hormonal changes. If you notice any unusual bumps or blisters around your vagina, it is best to have them identified by an experienced gynecologist. Following these tips will help your gynecologist reach an accurate diagnosis of your vaginal sores.
Make a Note of Your Usual Underwear and Clothing
One of the major culprits that cause blisters and pimples in the vaginal area is synthetic underwear that is too tight. This can trap moisture against your skin, creating a warm, moist area for bacteria to grow and cause pimples or other minor infections. It can also cause friction that will result in single, large blisters that are not painful unless they are touched, similar to a blister on your heel when you wear new shoes.
It is important that your gynecologist knows why type of underwear and clothing you usually wear and if you have worn something out of the ordinary recently, such as a special outfit for sports or a formal event.
Be Honest about Your Sexual Encounters
When you go to your gynecologist, it is important that you provide accurate sexual information. Even if you are monogamous and do not think your partner has any STDs, it is important to let your gynecologist know that you are sexually active. This is because many people can carry STDs without having symptoms. For example, 75–90% of people with genital herpes are unaware that they are carriers.
Also, friction during sex can cause blistering. Your gynecologist may be able to suggest extra lubrication, medicines that will help you produce more natural lubrication, or different sexual positions based on your physiology if you frequently get pimples or blisters after sex with your partner.
Make an Appointment as Soon As You Notice Symptoms
In many cases, your gynecologist will want to swab your sores to see if there is a bacteria or viral infection in them. However, they will often get inconclusive results if your sores or blisters have already popped, formed a scab, or disappeared. It is better to make an appointment with your gynecologist as soon as you notice a blister or sore. This not only helps your gynecologist identify the cause, but can also give them time to prescribe a treatment that can stop the spread of certain types of sores and limit your discomfort.
Avoid Popping Pimples or Blisters
Even if you think that you have an ordinary pimple or a single friction blister, you should refrain from popping or squeezing it. This can cause a secondary infection that will lengthen the time of your discomfort. Instead, make sure they are properly identified by checking in with your gynecologist, then follow their guidelines for easing discomfort until the pimples or blisters fade on their own. It should be noted that once you have already been to your gynecologist and they have helped you identify a sore that you regularly get, you do not have to return to them every time you get an outbreak. Instead, follow their previous advice and return to them if you have new symptoms.
Do Not Remove Your Hair
While you have sores, pimples, or blisters, you should avoid removing your genital hair by shaving, waxing, or using creams. Removing your hair can cause friction and spread the sores to other areas if they are contagious.
Following these five tips will help your gynecologist make a quick and accurate diagnosis of your sores so you can get the treatment you need faster. To make an appointment, contact an establishment like Central Iowa OB/Gyn Specialists, PLC.