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small, red, itchy bumps on the inside of the lips

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I have small, red, itchy bumps on the inside of the lips of my vagina. I have itched them :S and they started to bleed. They came up a couple of months ago and I thought it was because I was shaving but have since stopped shaving and the bumps are still there. During sex I seem to get quite raw quite fast but again I have been away from my partner for 2 month and they are still there. They aren't itchy all the time and there is no irregular discharge or anything.

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replied April 9th, 2012
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A33705

Welcome to ehealthforum and thanks for writing

Bumps on the vaginal lip can be due to:

1. Bartholin's Cyst - Is located midway of the labia, and protrudes into the vagina and causes discomfort during sexual intercourse.
Bartholin's cyst is formed when a Bartholin's gland is blocked, causing a fluid-filled cyst to develop. Bartholin's cyst is not an infection, although it can be caused by an infection, inflammation, or physical blockage to the Bartholin's ducts.

If infection sets in, the result is a Bartholin's abscess. If the infection is severe or repeated a surgical procedure known as marsupialization may be required to stop further recurrences.

2. Infected hair follicles - can form small absesses, which can cause a small swelling, but they are associated with redness and throbbing pain. Proper diagnosis requires a proper physical examination of the swelling in question.
It seems you might be having these infected hair follicles.Avoid scratching and apply Neosporin powder twice and calamine lotion for relief from itching for five days.

If the symptoms persist consider visiting a Gynaecologist for evaluation.

Take care!

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