Vaginal boils can be described as bumps which are inflamed and pus-filled, that develop under the skin or outside of your vagina. They can also develop on the labia or in the pubic area.
Causes of Vaginal Boils
When a hair follicle on the vagina gets jammed and an infection develops in the follicle, it can lead to the formation of vaginal boils. Initially, the infected area may appear as a small, red bump which shortly develops into a swollen, painful spot with a pus-filled top which may be white or yellow in appearance.
Ensure you consult your doctor if you notice a spot on your vagina and you aren’t sure of the cause.
Boils on the vagina are mostly not a cause for alarm. Most will resolve on their own in a week or two, only a few may require medical treatment. Treating the boils can help ease the pain and reduce the infection until the boil is gone.
Home Remedies For Vaginal Boils
Most boils will disappear even without treatment in a matter of a few days or weeks. However, to ease the uncomfortable symptoms and speed up the healing process, you can apply these home remedies.
- Apply a warm compress
Soak a clean washcloth with mildly hot water, squeeze out the excess water and place the compress over the boil. Allow it to remain for 7 to 10 minutes. Repeat this process three or four times a day until the boil is heals. The heat from the compress helps promote more blood circulation to accelerate the healing.
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- Use an ointment
You can apply a petroleum jelly ointment to help protect the boil against friction from clothing and underwear. If the boil bursts, use an antibiotic ointment like combined bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B (Neosporin) to protect against another infection.
- Wear loose underwears
When you wear tight clothing, it causes friction or rubbing on the pubic skin, thereby leading to the boils. So, ensure you wear loose undergarments and clothing until the boil disappears. Change into clean, dry underwear after exercises.
- Don’t pop or prick
Avoid popping or pricking the boil, allow it to burst on its own. Pricking the boil can release the bacteria and can spread the infection.
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- Take over-the-counter painkillers
Over-the-counter pain medication may help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the boil. You can take ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) or as prescribed by your doctor.
- Make sure you wash your hands properly before you touch the boil or the area surrounding it.
- Use an antibacterial soap and warm water to avoid introducing more bacteria to the boil.
- Also wash your hands again after you’ve completed your treatment to avoid spreading any bacteria to other areas of your body.
If these home remedies prove abortive and the boil persists after two weeks, consult your doctor or gynecologist for further diagnosis and treatment.
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