Genital sores can appear as bumps or sores that may be red, itchy, or painful. They may bleed, especially if scratched.
They may be caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or from another condition, like dermatitis caused by allergies or irritants.
Practicing safe and protected sex is the best way to avoid genital sores, but many can be treated with medication.
Vaginal blister is something all women can get. They are caused by friction, ingrown hair, and clogged sweat glands. Anyway, you should differentiate between typical S’TD blister or bump and non-STD v@vaginal or vulvar blister.
An ordinary v@vaginal blister looks like any other blister and may include fluid or blood. Moreover, they may have oval or circular shape and feel like a gel bubble on the touch. They should not have an obvious border and they should not itch, burn, or smell badly. Typically, they appear as a single blister.
Causes of Female Genital Sore
The most common causes of female genital sores are STIs, which can be spread through oral, vaginal, or anal sex. STIs can also be spread through the sharing of sex toys. Examples of STIs that can cause female genital sores include:
- genital herpes
- genital warts
- chancroid (a bacterial disease)
- molluscum contagiosum (a viral skin infection with pearly nodules)
STIs are not always the cause of genital sores. There are some chronic skin conditions that may produce sores and symptoms such as itching, burning, and pain. Examples of such conditions include:
- vulvovaginitis (an inflammation of the vulva and vagina)
- contact dermatitis (a sensitivity to chemicals or irritants)
- atopic dermatitis (an inflammation of the skin that is often caused by allergies)
Other causes of genital sores may include skin cancer or noncancerous cysts.
Are they painful?
They can occur anywhere on the vulva, but usually they are unnoticed until some sort of friction happens. Also, they are not painful, but when directly touched they can be a bit painful. Anyway, if you are not touching it, it should not cause pain.
Any female genital sores should be checked out by a doctor. While you’re waiting for your appointment, a sitz bath can help relieve any pain and discomfort. You can make a sitz bath at home by filling the bathtub with warm water that goes up to your hips when you are seated. You may then add a mild saline solution or baking soda to the water. You can also purchase a small basin for a sitz bath from a drugstore and use it instead of a bathtub.
How to treat it?
Have a good soak in a hot bath. When soaked in water, blisters are encouraged to rupture naturally and without any pain. Try not to open them by yourself because this way you are more prone to infection. Leave them go through their course in a natural way and the healing will start on its own.
How long do blisters last?
Usually, these blisters don’t last more than a week. However, there are times when it can take longer than a week if the body needs longer period to heal.