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left labia is tender and swollen not sexually active!

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My left labia is tender and swollen. It is very painful and I have been applying a warm wash cloth to it to get alittle relief. I am not currently sexually active and do not have any stds, I have had a gyn visit since I was last sexually active. I have not changed soaps or have any other symputoms. Thank you for any help you can give.

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replied April 11th, 2011
Sexual Health - Women Answer A21769
Welcome to the ehealthforum and thanks for posting on it. Labial swelling can be due to many reasons like infection and inflammation of the vagina causing vaginitis, allergic reaction because of using tampons, sanitary pads and latex condoms, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis ( less likely as you are not sexually active), changes in vaginal environment within the vagina due to frequent vaginal douches and trauma to vagina or labia.

Apply warm compresses and wear cotton undergarments. Application of mild corticosteroid cream and oral antiinflammatories like ibuprofen/acetaminophen are also helpful. But they should be used only after consulting your doctor.

I hope it helps. Take care and regards.

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