11:58 pm - 12/28/2007

strange bump on labia, please help

So the other day I noticed that a rather hard little lump had formed on my labia, under the skin. I'm kinda freaked out by it, and was hoping you all could help. Here's what it's like:

- Been there for about three, four days now
- A little bigger than pea sized; feels like a quite small marble under the skin
- No head to it (as in, can't really pop it; I've tried to do so, and one or two times some pus occurs, but it never goes down entirely)
- No sign of hair stuck under the skin
- Smooth (no cauliflower texture or anything)
- No weeping
- Reddish, now that I've poked at it, but no previous discoloration
- Sometimes painful to touch, though that may be when I've poked at it too much
- No sore-like aspects
- "Normal" Pap recently (aside: is normal ok for "safe space"? It's the way I've heard it referred to the most, but that doesn't mean much...)

Is this a cyst or pimple or what? I'm terrified that it's HSV or HPV, though deep down I'm quite sure that's wrong. And I was actually thinking of posting a picture under a cut, but realized it doesn't really *look* like anything, besides the redness it got from me messing with it, and so that wouldn't help much either. I'm just terrified that it'll sprout a cauliflower top or abscess as soon as I think I'm okay (then again, I'm kind of neurotic).

I've had one or two things like this before, and have been assured by friends/moms that it's just a cyst, but I'm still nervous. I'd get it checked out but I can't get to my doctor at the moment.

What do you think it is? And what should I do? I've tried hot compresses and hydrocortizone (to try and reduce the bump size), but neither really did anything. And I don't want my boy to put his hands/mouth down there until it's all better--something that nobody is happy about. Any advice?
sushicupcake 29th-Dec-2007 05:32 am (UTC)
If it feels like it's under the skin and pus has come out, it's probably just a pimple that hasn't developed a head, yet. Give it a few days--you can either pop it, then, or it'll dry up and disappear.
queensugar 29th-Dec-2007 05:35 am (UTC)
A normal pap is absolutely fine for safe space, since it's not a judgmental phrase but simply a statement of fact that pap results only turned up normal cervical cells and not abnormal, potentially pre-cancerous ones. :)

On to the real subject: there's quite a number of reasons for small bumps on the labia that are perfectly normal and do not require medical treatment.

For instance, it's fairly common to get enlarged sebaceous glands (oil glands); some of us have lots of those little bumps permanently on our vulva (my vulva is pretty covered with little bumps similar to what you describe that are just sebaceous glands), but it's also normal to not have them permanently and just get a gland a bit bunged up here and there.

Those look similar to what you describe, though are often a bit smaller, and are not normally associated with any pain or discomfort, except when irritated. They can exude a white, waxy pus when squeezed.

A bit of a larger version of the same thing is indeed a sebaceous cyst. Given the size you mention, I think that may be the likely culprit here.

In the end, it is advisable to get a cyst confirmed by a health care professional. However, if it helps calm your nerves until then, I'd say that your description sounds very similar to a sebaceous cyst, which is not generally harmful.

erinleighralph 29th-Dec-2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I have had the same thing for the past week or so! Very frustrating and also quite sore once you've gotten obsessed with "popping" it, eh? I'm pretty sure it's cyst like or maybe a localized infection from shaving? Either way, not my favorite thing.
drownophelia 29th-Dec-2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
i had one of those recently--it started on my left outer labia (looking down), and then migrated my moms, just above and to the left of where my mons turn into my labia); luckily had my annual GYN exam scheduled a about two weeks after it first showed up. he took a peek, had a poke, told me it didn't look like herpes or HPV, and said to come back if it didn't go away. it slowly reduced in size, and two months later, it's gone.

curious? yes. something to worry about? possibly, but with your normal pap, and all of you symptoms sounding exactly like me, i wouldn't. give it time, and, if its like mine, it should go away in a little bit.

i'm NOT a doctor, but it doesn't sound at all like HPV or Herpes, as you're right, it should weep or ooze, or look more like raised bit of skin rather than a little bump under the skin. those things usually become apparently pretty quickly.

(and, i had sex constantly while i had the bump, so, my suggestion is to give it a few days, but if it continues to reside under the skin, not worry & have fun! but to schedule an appointment with your doc when you can, for peace of mind).

best of luck!
drownophelia 29th-Dec-2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
(hahha.. migrated to my moms... i meant migrated to my moNs. with a n. not as in the woman who gave birth to me. THAT would be weird :)
missjecka 29th-Dec-2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
Sounds just like what I posted 2 nights ago. I believe it's a cyst. Since posting here I've put hot compresses on it twice or three times a day for 15-20 minutes nad it's gotten a lot smaller and less annoying.
misslynn 29th-Dec-2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
just a thought: it's probably perfectly harmless -- but it may not go away. i have two very small hard little sebaceous cysts under one side of my labia. they don't hurt, they don't come to a head, nothing happens when i squeeze them. keep trying the hot compresses if you wish, but if they don't hurt or come to a head... i asked my doc once a few years ago and she said they *could* remove them for me, but that they were harmless and it'd hurt more to have them removed than to leave them.
perigrine 29th-Dec-2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
oh thanks for this post! I have had one of these for the last two weeks, though mine is smaller, like half a dried pea size. Nothing can be seen on the surface - I asked the man friend what it was yesterday - he couldn't *see* anything, but I could feel it. I have been getting paranoid that I had some latent sexually transmitted disease. Two weeks ago after a bath I scraped the top off and I *think* something came out, but well, its not in an area where I can see/get at easily :S
kllaycock Bump4th-Aug-2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
I had a bump on my labia and called my obgyn immediately, turns out it was a cyst and they put me on meds to try and clear it up without draining. It opened on its own and drained itself so I did not need to fix the problem but it is important to go to your obgyn or family doctor. They are not going to embarrass you and they do that sort of thing all day so do not worry about it.
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