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pus-filled giant bump on labia majora
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fingerscrossed12 - September 11

Two days ago a bump appeared on my labia majora. It has grown in size to about a centimeter in diameter and is filled with pus and it painful. I do not want to pop it because I am afraid of scarring. It appears to be either a large zit, a cyst, infected hair follicle, or a blister. It may or may not be an STD. I am sexually active.

 

Leslie Know - September 11

This sounds like a cyst or boil. I am sorry its in the place it is - that has to really hurt.

 

Lelouch - September 11

I would get this checked by a doctor. You might need an antibiotic to get rid of whatever bacteria is causing this. Have them culture it to make sure it isn't MRSA, which is a particular kind of staph that only responds to a few antibiotics.

 

SallyDB - September 11

OMG i pretty much have the same thing, did you ever get the result of what it was? I have to wait at urgent care tomorrow to have mine looked at. I only have one partner and we were both checked early in the relationship for std's and everything was negative ... but still sometimes you can never be sure.

 

Oblivion - October 18

Just go to the doc and get some antibiotic cream. If it is just like the size of a pimple with pus, it is due to bacterial infection of the hair follicle. This could happen from waxing/shaving.

 

fingerscrossed12 - October 18

i went to the doctor weeks ago.. and she removed the pus and i feel better now but i still have this hard lump

 

indiangal - April 13

I have read many post that was put up. Just recently i noticed a lump on the right side of the labia majora close to top. One day is was just a bump you could pick up with your fingers and move it and it didnt hurt well i had a doctors appt for something else and while i was there i had the dr check it out. he was going to drain it but it didnt hurt and it didnt have a head so i was given an antibiotic and he told me if it was better in a couple of days to come back and have it drained.
i go back 2 days later and at this point taking the antibiotic for 2 days wasnt long enough and it started to hurt and turned red, so i came home from work and got a gauze pad and soak it with tea tree oil and put it on the bump which was little bigger than a quater and let it set for about and hour or so. I go to the dr and now she is looking at it and all she did was touch it and out came blood and pus. she said she didnt know much about tea tree oil but i always try herbal and she said she heard good things about tea tree oil and said it must have made it come to a head. she took a sample and told me they would call me in a few days with the results. she said it look like staph which could also be know as a boil. i was told i could alternate between the tea tree oil if i chose to and bactoban oinment and she gave me an antibiotic shot and oral pills of clindamycin. i was told to keep it clean with alcohol wash with antibacterial soap and to put either the oil or ointment or alternate the two. I will tell you this i still have the bump but after she got the pus and blood out i felt and still feel so much relief. i can actually sit in a hard chair with no problem. this was my diagnoses from my health care provider and every provider feels different but if nothing changes i would ask them about the oil which you can buy at any health food stores or beauty stores such as sallys or walmart , ointment and antibiotic. the bump is still kind of big but right now i could live with that than the pain i had.

 

1fitcaligirl - January 12

I have had one of these before and currently have one now. I was searching the internet for information on them to remind me what my doctor said and I did the last time, as it was quite some time ago. I don't recall my doctor giving me antibiotics for this, but then again I could be wrong, as I did have the NORO Virus at the same time and I don't recall if they gave out antibiotics for that virus. I don't know how it is in the UK, but here in The States doctors no longer hand out antibiotics very freely. The medical community has discovered all kinds of long-term side effects from them that they feel the risks out-weigh the benefits, along with the fact that since they used to hand them out left and right for every sneeze, cough and cut, they no longer work as well on us. At least, that's what they are telling us.
Anyway, back to the cyst. So regardless of whether I had antibiotics or not, I do recall the one thing that helped was sitting in warm bath(s) with Epsom Salt. (You can find this everywhere. Mass merchandisers, grocery stores, etc.) That seemed to draw it right out. A few squeezes, while in the warm water, and I didn't feel a thing. Warning: It's gross! But, you will feel so much relief! We never realize how much we take little things like walking and sitting in a chair and wearing jeans for granted until something like this makes those things hurt SO MUCH! :-( And sex?! Hahahaha - Forget about it!!
Just remember to keep it clean and keep antibiotic ointment on it after draining. Think about it, there is already a lot of bacteria in that area. Once that wound is open it is exposed to all that bacteria that is trapped in that closed, damp, dark place and you can't protect it with a band-aid. So, it needs all the help it can get so as not to get infected. I think that's a pain we would all like to avoid. :-)

 

evie_hcox - March 9

Hi, I'm a 13 year old female and I have the same problem, surprisingly. It is (I think) due to an accidental episode of me dry shaving a small patch of my labia majora. I have ingrown hairs which I have picked out but I have a bump that is slightly red on the side of my labia. I am extreamley worried about it. I haven't told my mum and Im so scared. Please help me! I want to treat my infection subtlety so my mum doesn't find out- I am embarrassed about it and drops my confidence a lot. I have tried sits baths and applied sudocrem to the area. I once squeezed it slightly and pus/clear liquid came out. It hurt afterwards. You're all my last hope, please help me :(

 

mayginski - March 9

Don't worry evie, it will be okay. If it isn't getting better within a week, tell your mum and go to the doctor. Most cysts/boils go away on their own if you drain it, keep it clean and dry, wear loose fitting clothes and cotton underwear, you'll have the best chance. Boils can happen to anyone at any age. Good luck.

 

evie_hcox - March 10

Thank you, what is the best way if I were to drain it myself? Or would that not be the best idea? I wore loose clothing today and cotton underwear. To my relief it had gone down slightly. Thanks again :)

 

mayginski - March 10

The best way to drain it yourself is to apply a hot compress (clean washcloth) a few times a day; that should make it come to a head and soften it and it will drain easily. You shouldn't pop it, don't drain it if it doesn't have a head and don't force more out than what wants to come out, you can drain more when it's ready. As for being embarrassed... I have one in the same place as you, and my fiance hasn't even noticed it and it's just starting to get better finally (it's been there a week). You might take an NSAID like Ibuprofen to help with the inflammation, I'm not familiar with the names of the medicines in the UK (I'm in the US) but Motrin or Advil is what we use here, Acetaminophen (tylenol) will not help you as it doesn't reduce inflammation. You might try an antibiotic ointment after you drain it, but only a tiny amount, twice a day, other than that, just keep it clean. An antibiotic ointment can help but it can mess up your normal flora/microbiota and cause a yeast infection by killing off the good bacteria. Normal flora/microbiota are the organisms that live in and on our body normally and don't normally harm us, but when you take antibiotics you kill off some of the good bacteria along with whatever you're trying to kill, one of the most common infections that happens after antibiotic use is a yeast infection. All women get them at some point in their lives, so don't worry if you get one. The symptoms are itching and an abnormal discharge. You sound very smart for a 13 year old and I have given you way more information than you need, but sometimes it helps to understand why. I'm obviously a little older than you and I am in college, I just finished microbiology, so I know quite a bit about this subject. =)

I am using an antibiotic ointment on mine and I am also taking Ibuprofen 2x a day.

 

evie_hcox - March 11

Thank you so much. I will try and take a couple of antibiotics every other day. Also, thank you- I like to think of myself as a mature adult haha x

 

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