9:08 am - 07/03/2008

Small bump on outer labia

I have a small, hard bump on one of my outer labia...it's actually something under the skin. It's not even the size of a pea but it's concerning me. I would say that it resembles one of those deep pimples we have all gotten at some point. It feels like there is something hard in there and I have tried to pop it but I can't and squeezing it is only making it more sore. There isn't a "head" on it that I can see either.

I DO have HSV-1 on my genitals but this doesn't look like a typical outbreak to me and I have no other bumps besides this one.

I was at the OBGYN yesterday for a pap and I pointed it out to the nurse practicioner who performed the exam and she agreed that it was probably the beginnings of a HSV outbreak since that's what I assumed it would be.

Now I really don't think so since it has not changed since yesterday morning (which is when I first noticed it) even with all the squeezing, it just looks more red.

I am really nervous about what this could be and since it is a holiday weekend I could not get back into the doctor's until Monday at least.

Of course I am thinking vulvar cancer.

Can anyone shed some light on what this might be?

ETA: After googling (bad I know) I am afraid it could be MRSA. What are the chances of this?
gunshotbeauty 3rd-Jul-2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
it might be a boil
4anonposts 3rd-Jul-2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
boils can be that small? Will it go away? What do I do?
gunshotbeauty 3rd-Jul-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
they can be that small yes. sometimes they go away and don't need treatment and sometimes they need to be treated.
queensugar 3rd-Jul-2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
It sounds more like a boil or a small cyst to me than anything more sinister. Perhaps even a very deep ingrown hair.

I really wouldn't worry about MRSA (here are some images for MRSA, for reference). Like, really really really wouldn't worry about that. It sounds like a really normal boil or deep pimple or cyst.
pygmybugs 3rd-Jul-2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Second this. I've had a staph infection before, and not even of the super-crazy kind, and it's pretty damned obvious. It went from "oh, hey, I've got a spider bite" to "Holy crap, there's a fist-sized boiling-hot throbbing brick-hard evil red alien in my leg, with long red tentacles" overnight.

I vote boil or sebaceous cyst of some sort. Totally common, totally not a big deal. Quit fussing with it, though, or you could develop a gnarly infection.
4anonposts 3rd-Jul-2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
yeah, it doesn't look anything like those pictures. I just have what looks to be a red bump which hasn't changed at all since yesterday morning.
lillerina 3rd-Jul-2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
My guess would be Bartholin's Cyst. I get them and they are like what you're describing. I put hot water on them to bring the blood to the area and that tends to heal them up, but sometimes they go away on their own, and sometimes they explode with no intervention.
loonylupinlover 3rd-Jul-2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
As everyone else has said, a cyst or boil is the likeliest thing, or even a really cranky, secretive ingrown hair. But it definitely sounds like it's NOT MRSA, and vulvar cancer is EXCEEDINGLY rare in young women, which I'm assuming you are -- it's middle-aged/elderly women who usually get it, and it's not a common cancer to begin with. Please don't make yourself crazy over what's likely a little cyst -- you've already got 2 of the worst possibilities you could find in your head, but they are so, so unlikely they shouldn't even be entertained at this point. It's not "of course" cancer; that'd be *very* rare.

I'd suggest breathing deeply, leaving the bump alone except for trying a warm compress once or twice a day, taking a relaxing bath, and watching a movie or reading a book to take your mind off things. It's overwhelmingly likely to be nothing and as long as it doesn't worsen, there's no point worrying about it until you can get back into the doctor's. Breathe :)
4anonposts 3rd-Jul-2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
I'm 30 which I guess it "middle aged"? lol. I just get paranoid when I have unexplained bumps on me.

I will try the hot compress when I get home from work.
loonylupinlover 3rd-Jul-2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Nope, middle-aged like 60 :) 30 is definitely still young by any standard, which includes medical :)
4anonposts 3rd-Jul-2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
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4anonposts 3rd-Jul-2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Can a cyst or a boil be this ouchy?
katze_utsusemi 3rd-Jul-2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Especially if you have been squeezing it, yes. I had a cyst just like what you described recently and for a few days, even though it was tiny, I could definitely tell it was there (kind of sore, throbbing). It didn't help that I kept trying to figure out what it was, if it was getting bigger, etc etc - meaning I kept touching it. Try not to touch it, soak it in warm water (either in the shower/bath or with a washcloth) and it should go down soon enough. Mine was gone within a week or two.
pinkcrusader 3rd-Jul-2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
i get one or two of these under-the-skin lump things on my vulva every year, i used to freak out about them but they're always completely gone in about 3-4 days so i figure they can't be anything serious. i wouldn't worry, yours sounds exactly like mine :)
gabrielledumb 3rd-Jul-2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
I've had MRSA, on my ass cheek. It was very sore, and grew very fast. It also made me have mild flu symptoms, my body achy and sore.
If you are concerned that it might be, I would recommend going to a general doctor, and mentioning MRSA. It's a huge problem for the medical industry right now, so it seems that doctors are pretty thorough about checking for it. If you catch it soon, antibiotics will do the trick. If you wait, you may need to get it removed manually, which is pretty painful.
Good luck!
gabrielledumb 3rd-Jul-2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, and by the way, MRSA often manifests itself in the form of a boil. Make sure to mention your concerns about it maybe being MRSA, as it is resistant to many antibiotics, unlike other kinds of boils.
atalanta0jess 3rd-Jul-2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Dude, it just sounds like one of those deep zits. Or a boil...I don't really know what the difference is, to tell you the truth. Anyway, I get those zits/boils in my vulval region sometimes, and they don't always have a head or respond to efforts at popping. Sometimes they just are not ready to pop. Sometimes they never pop. But they always go away eventually.

And yeah, they can hurt that much. I've got one on my ass right now that I accidently sat on yesterday....and it hurt like whoa.

In my opinion, it is DEFINITELY not something that requires a doctors visit, unless it gets MUCH bigger, MUCH more painful, or lasts for like 6 months. Just leave it alone, forget about it, and before you know it, it'll be gone. :)
beganwithayes 3rd-Jul-2008 11:54 pm (UTC)
stop squeezing it! it is probably just a cyst. try hot compresses and sitz baths; it'll likely go away on its own.
bulenget pimple like in inner labia10th-Feb-2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
my friend has pimple like in her inner right labia.,she's 17 years old,she had sex with his boyfriend 5 times(but stick to 1 sex, not multiple partner) its located in the inside of skin but its not totally hurt when you touched it,it looks like a pimple that has small circle inside of the skin in the right inner labia., could anyone help me for this problem? because we don't know about this., =(
Donna Marie Adams Re: pimple like in inner labia20th-Jul-2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
this is a cyst your discribling chick and if it's hard and even soft there should be no problem other then your trining to "squeeze it" usually painless but i guess everyone differs but i do have to say once you get one you are pron to them sorry :(
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