A pimple on labia can be very uncomfortable. A pimple labia is generally no cause for alarm, but even a small pimple in such a sensitive area can feel huge and very uncomfortable. A labia pimple is not uncommon, however, and is something most women will have to deal with at some point.
There are many possible causes of pimple labia. Some possible causes include:
Hormones. A labia pimple is especially common among women going through menopause and pregnant women, when hormones may be “out of whack.” They are not uncommon in adolescents, either, when hormones are changing.
Stress. Stress can cause acne, including a pimple on labia.
Drugs. Pimple labia can be a side-effect of many prescription medications. If you begin to develop pimples on your labia after starting a new medication, talk to your doctor. You may need to try a different medication if your pimples are severe enough to cause much discomfort.
Ingrown Hair. An ingrown hair can cause a pimple. It will usually work itself out, but if it doesn’t, you may end up needing to see a doctor for it. Ingrown hairs are more likely to occur if you shave the area, so be careful.
Hygiene. Excessive sweating can cause labia pimples to develop. Try to keep the area as clean and dry as possible. Wearing cotton underpants also helps prevent sweating. Over washing or using harsh, abrasive soaps may also cause pimples.
Diet. Certain foods can cause flare-ups of pimples. These foods may vary from person to person, but in general, if you eat a healthful diet and drink plenty of water, you’ll have better skin.
Often, a labia pimple will go away on its own. You don’t have to do anything to it. There are, however, things you can do to speed healing and reduce discomfort.
See a doctor if you have pimple labia on a frequent basis. Your doctor can help you figure out what is causing the pimples and how to prevent them.
You should also see your doctor if you have a labia pimple that seems infected. Signs of infection include redness, swelling, pus, and pain. Now, all pimples are somewhat red and swollen, but if the area around your pimple is also red, and if it is very swollen, it might be infected. See your doctor if you’re not sure.
If you have several pimples at one time that seem to come on suddenly, especially if you’ve recently been sexually active, you might have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This may or may not be accompanied by other symptoms, such as intense itching and vaginal discharge. If you think you might have an STI, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.