External sexual organ of female is called as vulva. The mons veneris is the fatty tissue that covers the pubic bone. Outer lips of vulva are called labia majora. Labia majora extend from mons veneris to perineum. Labia majora are covered with pubic hair. They have numerous sebaceous glands and sweat glands. Inner lips of vulva are called labia minora. These are thin folded stretches of tissue within labia majora which protect vagina, clitoris and urethra.
Pimples on labia can occur due to sweating and poor hygiene. Pimples occur due to blockage of skin pores due to dirt.
What Causes Pimples On Labia?
- Poor hygiene: Wearing same underclothes for long time. Not changing sanitary pads frequently during menses.
- Ingrown hair: Ingrown hair can block the sebaceous gland and irritate the skin and cause pimples.
- Hormonal changes: During puberty, pregnancy and menopause there is fluctuation in the hormone levels. This leads to excessive sebum production leading to blockage of sebaceous glands resulting in pimples on the labia.
- Excessive sweating after strenuous activity and exposure to heat.
- Pimples on labia can occur as a result of allergy to certain food items.
- Poor nutrition.
Pimples On Labia Symptoms
- Small bump will be visible or can be felt on the labia.
- Redness and little tenderness are experienced.
- There may be single or multiple pimples.
- Itching may occur sometimes.
- Irritation and pain while washing vulva.
- Pimple may suppurate and rupture.
- Once the pus is drained, the pimple will heal.
Diagnosis is done on visual inspection of labia.
Home Remedies For Pimples On Labia
Normally pimples on labia do not require any treatment and will disappear on its own.
- Wash the vulva regularly at least twice a day.
- If pimples are severe, antibiotics are prescribed by the doctor. Antibacterial cream is given for local application.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Include lot of fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet.
- Avoid shaving genital area to prevent ingrown hair. Shaving if necessary should be done along the direction of hair.
- Use cotton underwears. Cotton absorbs sweat better than other synthetic materials. Cotton undergarments provide better ventilation to the genital area. Change undergarments twice a day.
- Wear clean and dry clothes. Keep the genital area clean and dry.
- Change sanitary pads every four hours during menses.
- If the skin is irritated due to pimples just wash vulva with cold water. It will reduce irritation and has a soothing effect.
- Avoid stress. Practice relaxation techniques.
- Apply warm compress on the pimple to hasten suppuration.
- Do not scratch or prick the pimples as it may cause secondary infection.
If pimples on labia occur frequently, one must consult the doctor and take proper treatment. Avoid medications or food items that are causing pimples on labia after consulting your doctor.