The ABS's of Genital Boils
Certainly, no woman wants to find boils on the labia. They do occur in this location, however, and it’s important to have information about how to prevent them, how to recognize them, and how to treat them if they do occur.
Boil Symptoms on the Genitals
Genital boils usually appear as pus-filled lumps. They will be red, tender and painful. The center of the lump will, eventually, become yellow or white and will drain. If you have multiple boils, you may experience fever or swollen lymph nodes. Sometimes, before the boil appears, you’ll find that the area itches. While boils are more often found on the back, shoulders, face, underarms, and buttocks, it’s not uncommon to find them on the labia.
Causes of These Boils
There are many things that can cause vaginal boils. These could include ingrown hairs, splinters or foreign items that get lodged under the skin, plugged sweat glands that become infected and breaks in the skin that develop into abscesses. They can also be due to poor nutrition and poor hygiene. It is very important to see a doctor if you have boils on the vaginal area because it’s hard to distinguish between these and certain STDs. The treatments will, obviously, be quite different depending on whether you have a boil or an STD, so you’ll need to see a professional to diagnose the problem.
Treating Vaginal Boils
Once you know that you do, indeed, have a vaginal boil, you’ll want to treat it immediately. You can experience dangerous complications if the boil goes untreated. Boils are very contagious and this area of your body tends to spread problems very quickly. The pus from the boil could enter the blood stream and spread infection to other areas of your body. There are many treatments, both natural remedies and medical products, for boils. Speak to your doctor about the treatment that he recommends for vaginal boils and begin treatment immediately.
If you’ve had boils before or are worried about getting them, there are certain prevention measure that you can take. Wash your hands and skin with antibacterial soap to keep bacteria from building up. Wear cotton underwear and change them often. If you tend to exercise a lot or to sweat a lot, try to keep this area of your body as clean and dry as possible.