4:51 pm - 10/30/2010

Mysterious bumps/itching on inner labia

 Hello everyone,

I just spent the last few hours sobbing because I suspect that I may have genital warts/genital herpes. 

Here's the deal- I have been REALLY itchy down there. Its so uncomfortable. I looked and there are tiny bumps on my labia. If I were to describe them, I'd say they looked like swollen taste buds. I'm trying to figure out how I would even contract an STD/STI, considering I'm a virgin. I understand that it is very possible to get one without having sex though. I think only a hand has been down there in the last several months/TMI.

Anyway, I'm terrified. I made an appointment for Monday. I looked at the pictures of genital warts online, and to be honest what I have doesn't look like the pictures. I understand that genital warts often take the form of cauliflower clusters. I don't really have that. I noticed in the tags that people mentioned bumps due to yeast infections. I don't think I have a yeast infection though.

All I have so far are small, flesh colored bumps, and extreme itching. Aside from genital warts, does any one know what it could possibly be? I'm on the brink of a panic attack, and simply NOT knowing is making it worse. 

If anyone has any idea what's going on, then please let me know. Thank you in advance!
anthylorrel 30th-Oct-2010 09:54 pm (UTC)
Have you recently shaved down there? I often get lots of little red bumps after shaving. They itch really bad too.
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
No. I should have mentioned that they are on my labia minora (I think that's what it's called at least), so no hair, no potential to have an ingrown hair, etc.
anthylorrel 30th-Oct-2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ah. It could be a yeast infection, even if you aren't feeling other symptoms.
kimie_catclaw 30th-Oct-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Is there a particular reason you don't think it's a yeast infection? External yeast infections are itchy, without the cottage-cheese-like discharge associated with internal yeasties. You could be a bit swollen from scratching.
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ah good point. I just didn't notice any discharge or abnormal smells. I always thought external yeast infections involved dry, flaky or cracking skin as well.
kimie_catclaw 30th-Oct-2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
If it goes a while without being treated, maybe. I've had external yeast infections that were just itchy.

Either way, you can try treating it with plain (unsweetened, no sugar!) yogurt.
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Did you get bumps down there though?
kimie_catclaw 30th-Oct-2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
There are bumps down there in general (kind of like chicken skin). Like I said, they could be more noticeable if you've been scratching at them.
chiyo_no_saru 30th-Oct-2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Do you shave down there? Sounds like it could be razor burn or ingrown hairs or angry skin from shaving.
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
No, it is on my inner labia where hair doesnt grow. The bumps are way too small to be an ingrown hair.
archangelbeth 30th-Oct-2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
I, too, would suspect a yeast infection, or an allergic reaction of some kind. New detergent or fabric softener? Do you have a very strong-scented detergent? Either of those could trigger an allergic reaction. Or washing your vulva with a soap could cause a yeastie.

If you have never had someone's mouth down there, nor genitals, the chances of it being either herpes or hpv are very, very small.

I hope you feel better soon!
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
Can yeast infections come and go each month? That's what I'm freaked out about. Also from what I've read, bumps like this don't come from yeast infections.

No changes to detergents or anything. I'm not sure what to think now.
archangelbeth Fixing iPad typos30th-Oct-2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Generally, they don't come and go, but they can get worse or better, depending on the acidity of your vagina, etc. Frankly, I suspect I have been battling a mild external yeastie for some time, taking probiotics and using a little tea tree oil. I should probably take more probiotics a day... But slowly, it fades. When I'm having my period, it is barely a problem - the acidity or blood make yeast unhappy.

Some people, on the other hand, have bad reactions to menstrual products, such as pads, tampons, or scented versions of either. If you are more prone to the itches around your period or right after it... Again, an allergic reaction, or even a yeastie brought on by an allergic reaction messing with your vaginal Eco system.

Bumps could be hives, or inflamed pores from yeast or being scratched at.

Do you have reason to think you might have gotten either hsv or hpv? Do you get cold sores, or have you been intimate with someone who does? Likewise, have you had someone go from fondling their own genitals to touching yours?

Edited at 2010-10-30 10:57 pm (UTC)
atalanta0jess 30th-Oct-2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Firstly, warts and herpes are two very different things...but honestly it doesn't sound like you have either. It sounds like you have very very normal Fordyce's spots, and a yeast infection. Yeast can come and go monthly. Really, it probably means that it's not leaving all the way, but receding and them making a resurgence. Your doctor can test you for yeast or bacterial vaginosis...those are really the only infections you are at all likely to have if you're a virgin.

Deep breaths! It is overwhelmingly certainly that this is something quite benign! (And in fact, warts/herpes are often quite benign as well...neither is the end of the world...but whatever is going on with you is likely even less of a big deal than warts/herpes!!)
bbbbaygirl 30th-Oct-2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Sorry, i forgot to make that distinction.

I know they're not fordyce's pots for sure. I know everyone here is saying yeast infection, but I really don't see the symptoms there at all. I guess the doctor will let me know though.
atalanta0jess 31st-Oct-2010 12:26 am (UTC)
May I ask how you know they aren't Fordyce's spots?

Itchiness can be the only symptom of a yeast infection. I had one that lasted 8 months (off and on - seeming to be cured and then reappearing at a certain point in my cycle) and the only symptom was pain during sex. Likewise, the only symptom can be itchiness.

Anyway, I'm sure the doctor can clear things up for you. But rest assured, the chances of you having HPV or herpes is very low/basically zero. And if you DO have either one? You're still going to be ok.
bbbbaygirl 31st-Oct-2010 12:51 am (UTC)
They're not consistent with the description of fordyce's spots. The bumps I have don't look like that, and are also now spreading to my vaginal canal/urethra. I also have fordyce's spots on my lips.

I appreciate you calming my nerves though. I will admit that I still do have a really bad feeling about the bumps, given that they are spreading to my innards, etc. Hopefully its "just" a yeast infection
atalanta0jess 31st-Oct-2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I wonder if they could be some sort of allergic reaction? Warts and herpes don't really act like that, AFAIK.
queensugar 31st-Oct-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Have you tried squeezing one a bit? If so, what happens -- does it form a bit of a whitehead, or emit a white waxy substance like a pimple would?

To chime in with the chorus: my suspicion is that you have a yeast infection, that may possibly be irritating the very normal sebaceous glands on the labia and causing them to stand out more.

What I want to reassure you is that there is really no reason to be scared, okay? If you have not been sexually active, then you are not at risk for HSV or HPV (neither of which are the end of the world either, I should say) and whatever is going on is almost certainly something minor, treatable, and common.
bbbbaygirl 31st-Oct-2010 05:46 am (UTC)
They can't be squeezed because they're too small. Like needle head small. No whiteheads that I can see.
queensugar 31st-Oct-2010 11:49 am (UTC)
That's probably just normal texture made bumpy-feeling by irritation then -- that's incredibly tiny, and not really consistent with anything else.
xxcacoethes 31st-Oct-2010 12:44 am (UTC)
Fordyce's spots, coupled with an external yeast infection, were my first thoughts as well for what it's worth!
mangofandango 30th-Oct-2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
I highly, highly doubt that you have either genital warts or herpes.

First, you've never had penis-in-vagina sex, and it sounds like maybe not other forms of sexual contact beyond fingers recently, yes? So, herpes and warts are both things you likely don't have to worry much about.

But even with your very low risk aside - your symptoms sound an awful lot like a yeast infection to me. Yes, YIs are usually accompanied by discharge and other symptoms, but it can take quite a while to get to that point for some people - I know it does for me. It's also normal for the symptoms to get worse and better. But extreme itching almost always means YI for me, though it *could* also be an allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent or something of that sort. The bumps as you're describing them sound totally normal - bumps can be normal, just a part of the way skin looks.

My advice would be to visit your doctor and have them take a peek, but if that's absolutely not feasible in the near future, you can try using Monistat (I'd get the generic miconazole, because it's cheaper - 7 day treatments work best for me, but some people have success with the 1 or 3 day ones.) Eating plain yogurt or applying it vaginally can also help, as can garlic, wearing cotton undies, and washing with just warm water and your fingers (soap is for the outside only).

Try not to panic! It really does not sound panic-worthy to me. :)
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Sure thing!
kirstenlouise 31st-Oct-2010 12:56 am (UTC)
That pretty much sounds like me with an external yeast infection. Not everyone has thick discharge or flaky skin with a YI. I used to get them every month from using disposable menstrual pads---allergic, I guess. :(

Just weighing in. I hope your visit soothes your worries.
bbbbaygirl 31st-Oct-2010 05:47 am (UTC)
How did your bumps look exactly? I'm freaked out now because they spread into my inner orifices and so forth :(
kirstenlouise 31st-Oct-2010 05:52 am (UTC)
Little flesh colored bumps, like you described---though constant scratching left them pretty irritated and red in the end.

If you're scratching at things and it keeps spreading, it could be some sort of dermatitis that's getting spread around your skin through contact.
calipink1900 24th-Aug-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Hello , I wanted to know if yooh ever figured out your problem because it seems I'm going through the exact same thing right now & Im very panicked I don't know what to think !
kjamaica94 Solution14th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
It may just be that you didn't pee after getting off. I read your post and related to every single word. There's nothing you can do but wait til it goes away & you have have a little bit for forever (like I do) but the side effects are gone.
charmefou 19th-Feb-2014 08:51 am (UTC)
vestibular papillomatosis
henryske Bumps Down "There"?21st-Nov-2014 03:01 pm (UTC)
I got rid of genuine warts by sticking small pieces of duct tape on them for several days. I used real old-fashioned cloth with rubber adhesive duct tape, not modern plastic imitation duct tape just like it was suggested.
I earlier went to one doctor who used a caustic chemical, podophyllin, to burn them off. Warts came back. Another doctor cauterized them. They came back. Finally I used duct tape. Haven't seen any more in over 15 years!
You've heard it before. I'll say it again: NO sex before marriage! This includes oral, fingering, general fooling around. And so-called Safe-Sex! Sex Is Not Safe! You can minimize the risk by having only one sex partner, your lawful wedded spouse. Do what you can to get a spouse who is clean, a virgin if at all possible, and stick to one another "Till Death Do You Part." Teach your children the same. Start early, for neighbors and schools will start indoctrinating them early.
Better a sometimes boring life than a diseased life. The distress from infections and procreation outside marriage isn't worth the aggravation.
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