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medium-large bump in my labia majora, painful!

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Hello, starting 2 days ago I have had a medium-large bump under the skin of my labia majora. It is quite painful to touch and my underwear rubs on it causing uncomfortable feelings. It does not pertrude from the skin but is underneath on the left side. I have read muliple questions about this but mine is about and inch to the left of my clitoris. I am a virgin and I wondering what to do about this lump.What is it? Should I be concerned or is it normal?

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replied November 28th, 2012
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A40642
Welcome to ehealthforum,
It is difficult to comment on the exact cause for the labial swelling/bump that you describe without examining you. Causes could include folliculitis, sebaceous cyst, blocked paraurethral gland ducts, infected/blocked Bartholin’s gland duct, etc. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation done by your doctor/gynecologist. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and evaluation to look for the exact underlying cause. You can try warm Sitz bath to help relieve the pain and soothe the area (temporary measure). Avoid any self-manipulation or intercourse for 3-4 weeks time (if you are sexually active). Further treatment measures as appropriate (based on examination findings and evaluation results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid vaginal douching, or use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation. Keep area clean and dry. 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.
Take care.

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