1:33 am - 02/28/2009

Puss under the skin

Okay so this isn't about the vagina per se, but it's pretty close.

I've been getting these weird bumps under my skin in the crease between my pubic area and my thighs. When I squeeze them, a hard white puss comes out most of the time. At times it can be VERY painful, and feel as if you're trying to pop a premature zit. It feels like these are right under my skin and it's like, little balls of puss that sometimes come out when I try to squeeze. The puss (or whatever it could be) doesn't come out every time I try to squeeze though.

I have had these for a few years at least and it makes me sooo self-conscious. I have no idea what it could be. I'm a virgin, and haven't had a penis near that area at all (at least not when it wasn't covered by pants.) I haven't had a pap test or anything either.

Any help would be appreciated! Thank you all!
abnoanomaly 28th-Feb-2009 06:52 am (UTC)
sounds like ingrown hairs to me. ive squeezed mine and a hard pus comes out with a hair in the middle...does that sound about right?
__mfc 28th-Feb-2009 07:05 am (UTC)
There's no hair though! That's the problem, and for me, hair doesn't grow there, so I'm thoroughly confused!
jesuisjill 28th-Feb-2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
It could still most definitely be an ingrown hair; Even if it's not your normal pubic hair, you have hair nearly everywhere on your body.

I've had the same problems. Mine was an ingrown hair, in an area where my pubic hair didn't grow, and it got HUGE, and HARD, and PURPLE, and only little clumps of a hard white substance would come out with squeezing. Then one day, after irritating it to the point that I could hardly stand it, I went in for a final hard squeeze, and the thing (I'm sorry, so much gross TMI in this next part.) literally drained itself in one giant spurt, that HIT the wall across from me.
anni_hilation 28th-Feb-2009 07:16 am (UTC)
I am by NO means a doctor/expert, but that sounds a little similar to the minor Staph infections I've gotten before, although mine were on my lower thighs and calves. I was working a job that caused me to sweat A LOT and subsequently itch a ton as well, and I think a combination of heat and bacteria is what did it for me. I'd recommend keeping the area as clean and dry as possible. Wash with a mild soap, pat dry, and a little baby powder helps to keep the area dry. Also, when you do "pop" them, try swabbing with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. That helps to clear up residual bacteria. Even if it's not Staph, those remedies shouldn't hurt anything. Hope that helps!
cluelessmuppet 28th-Feb-2009 09:59 am (UTC)
Puss is only associated with infection. If it's hard and waxy its just a clogged pore. Even if you don't have visual hair there, you will still have a sebaceous gland.
neiseluv 28th-Feb-2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
Possibly sebaceous cysts. I've had them for years.
bachlava 28th-Feb-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
They could be any kind of minor recurring skin infection, from sebaceous cysts to ingrown hairs (which can occur anywhere on the body, from not-usually-visible "peach fuzz" or "down"). If you've been getting them for a few years without anything dire happening, they're unlikely to be any kind of serious threat to your health. That said, they don't sound like they're too much fun to have, and it would probably be worth your while to bring the issue up next time you see a health care provider for whatever reason (routine check-up, one of life's inevitable illness or injuries, etc.). S/he may be able to provide a diagnosis and management strategy that will reduce the outbreaks without too much trouble.
storychick 28th-Feb-2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I get these occasionally from underwear that rubs the wrong way -- not sure if it was the undies in particular or some kind of undie-jeans combo that did me in, but once I gave up the particular undies I was able to connect it to, it went away.

I always just popped them when they would (I can't resist picking it them lol) and kept it clean and used a little neoporin once they opened up. A hot wet washcloth or bath can help them come to a head.

If they are really chronic it might be folliculitis (I think I spelled that wrong?) and may need antibiotics.
dreatastespie 28th-Feb-2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
oh man! I've had one of these for about 2 months now.. i thought it was a pimple and kept trying to squeeze it and nothing happened.. it seemed to scab over so i just left it a lone... but then a few days ago it seemed bigger again so i stuck a needle to it and there was huge amounts of puss. I wanted to update asking about it... but I had no idea how to go about wording it or even really what to ask. lol. thank you for posting this.... i feel less weird now.
sassygirl 8th-Mar-2009 04:37 am (UTC)
I've had these too but from looking it up online, I thought they were genital herpes?

"The herpes blisters, which are similar on men and women. First, small red bumps appear. These bumps quickly become fluid-filled blisters. In dry areas, the blisters become filled with pus and take on a white to gray appearance, become covered with a scab, and heal within two to three weeks. In moist areas, the fluid-filled blisters burst and form painful ulcers which drain before healing. New blisters may appear over a period of one week or longer and may join together to form very large ulcers. The pain is relieved within two weeks and the blisters and ulcers heal without scarring by three to four weeks.

Women can experience a very severe and painful primary infection. Herpes blisters first appear on the labia majora (outer lips), labia minora (inner lips), and entrance to the vagina. Blisters often appear on the clitoris, at the urinary opening, around the anal opening, and on the buttocks and thighs. In addition, women may get herpes blisters on the lips, breasts, fingers, and eyes. The vagina and cervix are almost always involved which causes a watery discharge. Other symptoms that occur in women are: painful or difficult urination (83%), swelling of the urinary tube (85%), meningitis (36%), and throat infection (13%). Most women develop painful, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) in the groin and pelvis. About one in ten women get a vaginal yeast infection as a complication of the primary herpes infection."
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