Vaginal boils can appear in the pubic region, on the labia, or outside of the vagina. They are inflamed, pus-filled bumps that look similar to a pimple. This happens when a hair follicle is impacted and develops an infection. The condition may begin as a small red bump that swells. After a few days, it may look like a spot with a yellow or white pus-filled tip. They can be painful but are usually easy to treat.
How Do I Get Rid of a Vaginal Boil?
Most women can get rid of vaginal boils without further medical assistance. First, do not pop the boil. Doing so can release bacteria that can cause the infection to spread. It can also increase tenderness and pain. You can try applying a warm compress for seven to 10 minutes. Repeat three to four times each day until the boil disappears. You can also:
- Wear loose fitting clothing to prevent rubbing and irritation
- Change underwear after workouts or excessive sweating
- Apply petroleum jelly ointment to protect from friction
- Apply antibiotic ointment if the boil bursts to prevent infection
- Take an over the counter pain medication to manage discomfort if needed
Should I See a Doctor About My Vaginal Boil?
Vaginal boils can take one to two weeks to heal. Most cases resolve on their own. However, if you notice additional symptoms, you should contact your gynecologist right away. These symptoms include:
- Cold sweats or chills
- Rapidly growing bump
- Extremely painful bump
- A boil that appears on your face
- A bump that’s larger than two inches wide
- A boil that does not go away after two weeks
- A recurring boil or multiple boils
Contact your Women’s Health and Menopause Center OB/GYN for an appointment to learn more about vaginal boil prevention and treatment options.