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Itchy pimple-like bumps on labia majora -- BAD?

By Anonymous July 2, 2012 - 4:11pm
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I have some itchy pimple-like small bumps on my labia majora. They came not long after I started my period. They are NOT inside my vagina, so it doesn't hurt when I urinate. They also are NOT open sores. I've never gotten this before, though, so I'm a little scared that this is a bad sign. Do you think I have an STD? I've been tested before, and I was clean. What can this be? I've been applying topical cream, and they've been healing. They basically feel like pimples. They hurt a little before, like pimples when they are "ripe", but then they don't hurt or anything anymore. They used to itch, but they stopped itching. I "popped" one today.. and very little puss came out. They seem like pimples. What can they be?

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,

It is very likely that you had an allergic reaction to something in the new brand of sanitary pads. Go back to using the previous brand and see if you get the bumps.


July 4, 2012 - 4:34pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you! I will go back to the brand I used before. There is only one bump left. I'm going to a physician anyway to be sure.

July 4, 2012 - 8:10pm
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I think it's from using a new brand of pads. They came after my period started..his period I used a new brand of pads. There is basically only one bump left now. Can it be from switching brands?

July 3, 2012 - 5:25pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,
If the bumps are healing and disappearing, there would be no need to visit your physician. But, should they return, you should make note of anything new that coincided with their re-appearance. Then, you should consult your doctor.


July 3, 2012 - 4:40pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Anonymous,
Make an appointment with your gynecologist to be evaluated. To identify the cause of these bumps, your physician needs to look at the lesions. A biopsy of one of the bumps may be necessary.

Treatment depends on the cause.

An allergic reaction to a new product, such as tampon, panty liner, sexual partner's condom or soap may be a cause.

Lichen planus, which is a skin condition caused by an overactive immune system, can cause itchy purple bumps on the labia.


July 2, 2012 - 4:41pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

If it goes away, should it be okay? They're basically healing now.

July 2, 2012 - 5:04pm
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