What is a Vulvar Boil? A Quick Guide
A vulvar boil, also known as a vaginal boil, is a pus-filled and inflamed bump forming under the skin of the vaginal area. These would develop outside the vagina, in the pubic area, or even on the labia or vulva.
While these boils would sometimes heal by themselves, others might require medical attention to prevent it from worsening and becoming an infection. Read on to find out what causes it and the treatments that can be done on vulvar boils.
Causes of Vulvar Boil
Different conditions may cause vulvar boils, such as:
· Infectious organisms such as the Chlamydia trachomatis, Escherichia coli, and the Staphylococcus aureus.
· Skin conditions such as folliculitis, which is when bacteria have infected hair follicles. This is usually from shaving or waxing the pubic area, with the bump starting small and a bit painful, with the possibility of growing larger into a boil.
· Bartholin gland cyst
· Sexually transmitted infections
· If you have oily skin or thicker pubic hair growth
Home Remedies for Vulvar Boils
Fortunately, there are various home remedies you can follow, such as:
· Place a warm compress on the vulvar boil for 10-15 minutes. Doing so may cause the boil to leak pus. Do NOT squeeze the vulvar boil and cover the draining boil with a clean and dry bandage.
· Have a sitz bath, which can be purchased in drugstores or online. Never use lotions, ointments, or baby wipes with fragrances.
· Keep the affected area clean and dry, washing it with antibacterial soap and rinsing it off with water. Dry the area gently using a soft washcloth. Do NOT rub or touch the boil and wash your hands with soap and water before you cleanse or apply topical antibiotic ointments to the boil.
· Wear breathable underwear and avoid tight-fitting ones which may rub against the boils, inflaming it. It’s recommended to wear clean cotton underwear.
· If you feel some pain and discomfort in the affected area, then you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen. If this does not work, do check with your doctor.
When You Should See a Doctor for your Vaginal Boil
If the boil isn't responding to the at-home treatments or medications mentioned above, or it is causing pain or swelling in the area, then it's best to have it checked. It is also best to see a doctor if ever you experience other signs of infection, such as if the surrounding skin is hot or red, or if you have a fever.
The common and effective treatment to the vulvar boil is by draining it at a doctor's office. Your doctor may also apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage for the boil to heal. If ever the boil is deeper in the skin or would show symptoms of cellulitis, this would require treatment involving oral or intravenous antibiotics.
Preventing Vulvar Boils
Once you have had the bulbar boil treated, follow proper hygiene down there to prevent vulvar boils from happening again.