I've noticed them cropping up a lot more frequently all over me the last couple months, but now all of a sudden in the last month they have been ALL OVER my vulvar area. Every single one of them has started out painless and been there for weeks before suddenly (I assume) becoming infected. Then suddenly it starts the whole area around them swelling, red, hot, and painful. (I even just had one on my ear/face/scalp area that did it, too.) I mean, in the last month and change I've had 6 of these things, and 3 have become infected. There is no indication that they are ingrown hairs, since no hair comes out of them when popped.
When I was younger, I could deal with them myself, no problem. But now I have arthritis in my back and hips and have gained a lot of belly weight, so I can't even see my lady bits anymore, let alone do home surgery on them myself. Not even with a mirror. Hot compresses and ice packs don't do anything to help. Thus has resulted in my boyfriend having to use a (sterilized!) needle to pop and squeeze them, with varying effectiveness. For example, after last night's half hour of home surgery (these things are usually over in 5 minutes), the lump is twice as big as it was, though not as swollen around it and not as painful.
I'm irritated, I'm embarrassed, and I'm super uncomfortable. I do have an appointment with my doctor this week, so if there's anything I can specifically ask about, that would be helpful. Also, any home remedies and other non-medical suggestions are welcome too. I'm kind of at the end of my rope with this stuff.