DIVA Answers: I Have A Boil In My Vagina
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I have a boil in my vagina and it’s so painful, it’s the first time am experiencing such, so please other than going to the doctors, is there any other way I can treat it?
A vaginal boil can be pretty uncomfortable, being in such a sensitive area, and it can also be embarrassing to talk about a boil in such a personal area. It’s not that uncommon to develop a boil on the vagina or in the groin area, however.
Warm compresses can relieve the discomfort of a boil in the genital area and also help speed the healing process. It’s difficult or impossible to put a warm compress on a boil inside the vagina, of course, but it can help with boils on the outer area of the genitals. For a boil inside the vagina, soaking in a warm bath might provide some relief.
If you develop a boil on your vagina, don’t try to squeeze, pop or lance it yourself. It’s not necessary and doing so usually just makes the pain and inflammation worse and it can also spread the infection(1). Most boils will go away within a week or two without doing anything to them.
If you have a boil that’s causing severe pain, if it doesn’t go away after two weeks, if it seems particularly large (it’s difficult to measure a boil in your vagina, but if a boil is wider then two or three fingertips it would be considered pretty large), if you have a fever or other symptoms of illness when you have a boil, or if you repeatedly get boils, you should see your doctor. There’s no need to feel embarrassed about having a vaginal boil. Your doctor has almost certainly seen boils in the genital area before and they are not an indication or poor hygiene or anything like that. You can see either your primary care physician or your gynecologist about a boil on your vagina.
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