2:25 am - 03/08/2010

cyst on inner labia?!

I have noticed that it's been painful wiping when I use the bathroom the last day or so but never thought anything of it. However, tonight I noticed that there is a small knot on the upper part of my inner labia. It's not painful unless I touch it. When I look in the mirror I can tell the difference in size. It really has me freaked out. It's almost like the under the skin acne. I've been having an increasing number of those on my face. My diet has changed in the sense I don't eat red meat anymore. I have no idea what this could be and google gave me 100 different answers.

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I circled the area. :)
fireaphid 8th-Mar-2010 07:44 am (UTC)
It sounds like the cystic acne on your face is also affecting you elsewhere. Don't worry, it's common to get cystic acne on the genitals. Whatever's causing the cystic acne on your face is probably also responsible for the cystic acne elsewhere. Can you see a dermatologist?
catastrophize 8th-Mar-2010 07:56 am (UTC)
I can, I would just need to find one first as I've never been to one. :) It's weird because I would only get the cystic acne once in a while but I've had three in the last two months which normally I would get one every few months.
fireaphid 8th-Mar-2010 08:07 am (UTC)
I've been struggling with cystic acne for years. It's weird because I didn't have acne as a teen, but when I went off to college--must have been the stress--I got all kinds of acne and everywhere. Anyway, my dermatologist says cystic acne is largely hormonal, so it's not like scrubbing harder or bathing more often will fix it.
la_fee_verte_ 8th-Mar-2010 07:45 am (UTC)
I don't have an answer for you, but I just want to say I had the same thing in the same place back in December. I put warm towels on it once in a while and stopped wearing tight pants until it went away. I'm interested in what people have to say!
catastrophize 8th-Mar-2010 07:57 am (UTC)
I didn't think about warm towels! How long did you leave the towels in place?
la_fee_verte_ 8th-Mar-2010 08:01 am (UTC)
I left them on for about 5 minutes or until they weren't warm/hot anymore.

Unrelated: I like your username! My family says "catastrophize" all the time haha
catastrophize 8th-Mar-2010 08:04 am (UTC)
Thanks :) It was a word from an intro psych class that literally meant turning everything into a catastrophe and it fit my 17 year old drama queen self :)Three years later I'd like to think I've got a little less drama
jeesh 8th-Mar-2010 08:09 am (UTC)
Look up sebaceous cysts.

I just had one of those and it sounds like what you have.

My doc explained it simply that it's pretty much like a pimple, but down there.

But get it checked by a doctor. They can diagnose it really fast.

One thing to check is if you can kind of move it around. Like, if you pull on the skin around it, will it move with your skin, or is it stuck in place? If it moves around, it's most likely a sebaceous cyst.

Totally not fun, but mine went away within a week or so.
Try soaking in a warm bath tub or putting a warm wash cloth on it. That's basically the only treatment my doctor told me. And it seemed to work just fine. Mine is almost totally gone.
onlyforever10 8th-Mar-2010 08:23 am (UTC)
I had one of those a few months ago. Really freaked me out at first, but it went away in a few weeks. Mine never came to a head or anything and that worried me, but it ended up shrinking and going away on its own. It only hurt (during wiping or when I poked it) for the first week, then it gradually shrank. Mine was on the exact same area as yours and it was underneath the skin and flesh colored.
the_bone_doctor 8th-Mar-2010 03:10 pm (UTC)
I would just suggest getting it checked out by a doctor. Although it's probably nothing to worry about, there is also a chance that it could be herpes or HPV, if you are sexually active.

But, yeah, I have herpes and I'm always terrified that I'm going to give it to my girlfriend. A couple times she got something on her inner labia that sounds like what you have and she got it checked out and it was just a sebaceous cyst and went away on its own.
x_memoirs 8th-Mar-2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
I get those every once in awhile. They start flesh colored, turn bright blood red, and then eventually shrink and turn "bruise" colored. I have one now that's hard as a friggin' rock, but doesn't hurt or anything.
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