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lump on my vaginal opening is very painful!

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this lump on my vaginal opening is very painful, please review the picture below. I have not found anything online resembling this and I'm very concerned.
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replied July 5th, 2012
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A36790
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The picture suggests that you are feeling the anterior vaginal wall that is swollen. The lump that you describe could also be a pedunculated mucosal lesion. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation to confirm the other characteristics. Do not delay in visiting your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination and further evaluation. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation in the area. If infective cause is detected, and if you are sexually active, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection, and avoid having intercourse while being on treatment.
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