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starting to develop hard skin color bumps?

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About two weeks ago I noticed that I was starting to develop hard skin colors bumps around the outside of my vagina, basically where my pubes are. They kinda look like really tiny blisters, but they are hard, and there are lots of them! They don't hurt, and aren't itchy, they are just there. It seems like every time I shave or have sex I get more of them, and they don't seem to really be going away. Is this something to be worried about? Would a hot compress help? Are they possibly the blocked sweat glands or something?

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replied February 13th, 2013
Sexual Health - Women Answer A42130
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The symptoms that you describe could be due to irritation caused by friction (if noticed after shaving), ingrown hairs or folliculitis due to the wrong method of shaving, etc. If you are worried or if symptoms are persistent, or recurrent, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for examination and further evaluation. Treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigation 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. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Use proper shaving technique, and prepare the skin first before shaving, and avoid shaving with too much of force on razor (that can cut the hair lower than dermis level forcing the hair to get buried in skin). If the problem is recurrent or chronic, the laser treatment or electrolysis can be of help. 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.
Take care.

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