Women's Health Community
Large lump found on labia majora........ painful........ worried!
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to women's health issues, including bone health, gynecologic cancers, genetic testing, heart disease, infectious diseases, work issues, mammograms, reproductive health, sexuality, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Large lump found on labia majora........ painful........ worried!

Hello there. I am 20 years old and Im a virgin. I have not had sexual contact of any kind, i.e not even oral. The day before yesterday I felt a pea sized lump on the inside of my outer labia. It was uncomfortable but not painful as such. Today it has gotten bigger, and when i looked at it with a mirror it is on the outside of my labia as it is clearly visible by looking at it. if i push and pull it around (it is very painful to do so) it does move, and there appears to be a sort of white 'head' on it, though this 'head' is under the skin. I have looked on the internet to find out what this could be and the only things i can come up with are a cyst or an ingrown hair. I had a small pea sized non painful lump in a similar place last year and that went away in a few days of its own accord but this is different. I do not feel comfortable talking to my parents about this. I am not currently registered with a doctor. Do you think i should register one and go and see them as soon as possible? What could it be? It is hurting me to wipe myself, and also when i sit down or stand up. Please help me.
Related Discussions
43 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I read on another website that its best to drain the cyst if that is what it is, so i sterilised a razor blade and tried to burst the cyst. However it didnt work. I dont know if i wasnt cutting deep enough but it was very painful so i stopped. I tried squeezing it and that didnt help either. I dont know what to do about this. If i register with a doctor would going to see the nurse be sufficient? are there any over the counter products that could help deal with the pain in the mean time?
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
This sounds to me like a boil/cyst/infected hair follicle. You should really see a doctor if its that bothersome to you! Don't mess with it so much either! I get those too, and I find that when I examine them or press on them in any way they get more and more irritated, and that just makes you think, "gosh what is this thing?!". They normally heal up within a few days in my case. Taking a warm bath or placing a warm wash cloth on them can help draw out the infection, and makes it feel much better. If the skin breaks, put a very small amount of neosporin on it. Best of luck to you!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
This is likely an infection hair follicle.  You should see a doctor now, especially since you have resorted to home surgery in the form of trying to cut into it with a razor blade.  

If it happens again in the future, apply moist heat to it several times a day (warm washcloth) and leave it alone.  It will drain on its own eventually.  If it doesn't, or if it becomes bigger or red areas spread you should see a doctor.

But now that you have opened it up with a razor, I'd see a doctor.  You could get a nasty infection.  Explain to the doctors office exactly what happened, so they can get you in quickly.  If they can't, go to an urgent care or ER where you can be seen quicker.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have a large lump on my left labia majora, Ive always had lumps but they were just normal ingrown hairs that go away within a few days notthing to major. But over the weekend I developed this humongoid "it" on my left side, everytime I look at it it seems to just grow bigger, I always bathe in hot water, but this sucker just wont go down, its big enough that I can grasp it with the tips of all five fingers. My g/f tried to squeeze it last night and it hurt like all hell, Ive tried to put a hot compress but it dosent even take the pain away, now if I do squeeze i can see like a head thats just really smooth and it looks sort of like a small head on top of a huge cyst now. Any suggestion ???
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
So did u ever figure out what it was? I just began to notice mine this past Thursday. I messed with it Friday night and it just got bigger. It hurts everytime I walk I can't even sleep due to the pain.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I'm in pain right now. This is the 8th time I get this thing!..I've gone to the E.R twice they cut it open n insert a tube so it can drain. But I'm tired of going ...so what I do is just sit in the tub with warm water and just let it pop n drain on its own.I'm the best thing to do is not mess with it just leave it alone sit in the tub 3 times a day or more if possible. It sux going thru this but that's the only way to get rid of it...I've tried many things before n they never work all I do now is take a lot of pain killers and leave it alone..good luck to ya
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi, thank you for your posts.  I think I have exactly what you are describing.  It is twice as big today than it was yesterday.  Mine has a white head on it but it appears to be under the skin.  I was thinking that I may go into the ER because it is very painful and i had no idea what it is. I do feel a little better though after reading this forum.   I would go to my regular doc, but since my layoff, I don't have insurance and it seems easier to go to the ER and pay off the bill.  I'm not sure though.  I think I will try the several baths thing and warm compresses and see how it feels tomorrow.  Its been growing for almost a week now and is now painful just sitting here.  Please send updates if you have them.  Thanks so much
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I posted something similar yesterday with no reply ;-( my lump starts off as red, then it gets painful for two days before it starts bleeding spotty. The pain goes after that but it turns a scary purple. I dnt shave exactly on that area. Wat could it be?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I am getting over the same thing thing and since there seem to be more questions than answers, I'll tell you what worked for me.  I put slices of garlic on the infected area and covered it with a band-aid.  The garlic brought the infection to the surface and over the course of the last two days it has drained quite a bit.  This morning the infection finally came to a head, and I was able to pull out the ingrown hair (which was surrounded by quite a bit of puss).  It has been reduced by nearly 2/3 from it's original size and is still draining.  I know it sounds gross, but garlic does the trick, no matter where the infection is.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have had these since 13 years of age. They are Cyst or Hidradenitis suppurativa (hi-drad-uh-NI-tis sup-u-ra-TI-va) this is a chronic skin inflammation marked by the presence of blackheads and one or more red, tender bumps (lesions). The lesions often enlarge, break open and drain pus. Scarring may result after several recurrences.

Considered a severe form of acne (acne inversa), hidradenitis suppurativa occurs deep in the skin around oil (sebaceous) glands and hair follicles. The parts of the body affected — the groin and armpits, for example — are also the main locations of apocrine sweat glands.

Hidradenitis suppurativa tends to start after puberty, persist for years and worsen over time. Early diagnosis and treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa can help manage the symptoms and prevent new lesions from developing.
  
Hidradenitis suppurativa commonly occurs around hair follicles where many oil and sweat glands are found, such as the armpits, groin and anal area. It may also occur in areas where skin rubs together, such as the inner thighs, under the breasts or between the buttocks. Hidradenitis suppurativa can affect a single area or multiple areas of the body.

There is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa. But early treatment can help manage the symptoms and prevent new lesions from developing.

Treatments depend on the extent of the affected areas and whether the sores are painful or infected. Mild cases can be treated with self-care measures, including warm compresses and regular washings with antibacterial soap. Moderate cases may require medications, such as those you rub on the affected areas (topical medications) or those you take by mouth (oral medications). For severe or persistent cases or for deep lesions, surgery may be necessary.

Apply a warm washcloth or compress to help reduce swelling.
Gently wash the affected areas with antibacterial soap. After washing, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic.
Wear loosefitting clothes and underwear to prevent skin irritation.
Avoid shaving the affected areas to prevent skin irritation.

Talk to your female relatives as this is Genetic, (men do get this, but is rare)

When in doubt go see a doctor. It will make you feel better.
But write down questions, and make him/ her answer them. Don't leave untell you understand. Remember you are paying alot of money to see them!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
i had a boil too on my left labia majora...at first, i am not sure if it is a boil..i thought it was only a pimple, but when i went to the OB, she told me that it was a boil..she recommended me to take in an antibiotic drug-Stafloxin 500g 4x a day 4 1 week..and she suggested that i should do- hot compress in that part for 30 min. 3x a day..what i did also was after i hot compressed it, and then washed with antibacterial soap is that i covered it with cotton plus the gauge and plaster so as not to further infect the area..after 2 days of doing it, the boil pop out on its own..
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I've had painful bumps on my labia before and I was relieved to know that it's very common. I use Anbesol or something similar (an oral numbing gel) to help with the pain. Just be careful when applying it! If the bump appears to be filled with pus, I usually drain it just to help relieve pain (I use Anbesol to numb the area first and a sterilized needle). If you're not sure if your lump is a Bartholin's gland infection, see a doctor first!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I had a small sore lump on my left upper labia minora that quickly grew larger.  Within 3 days it went from the size of a tic-tac to the size of the end joint of my thumb.  It became so tender that anything touching it was agonizing, and even if nothing touched it, it ached like a toothache.  I was so worried that the infection was going to poison my system if it didn't pop, and I thought I would probably have to go to the emergency room to get it lanced.  Between being embarrassed and being scared to let anyone or anything touch it, I dreaded going.  I took lots of hot baths, and put drawing salve on it overnight, but it didn't open.  The next night, I used very hot teabags (as hot as I could stand--without burning myself, of course) as a compress.  I'd read about that on-line.  I probably did that 10 times in a row, replacing a teabag when it cooled.  That must have been the thing that did the trick, because the last time when I removed the teabag, it was covered with orange=y looking blood; I assume it was blood and pus. As soon as it opened like that, it was easier to press on it and empty the rest of the blood/pus mixture out.  It was still tender, but not agonizing.  A LOT came out, and I took a hot bath afterwards.  It was amazing how quickly the pain was just a memory!  
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Hi all first time posting. Also very relieved this is a common thing! I had one come up a couple days ago and is especially painful at night. But cream with a numbing agent works wonders, and i will follow tips left by you, BIG THANKS!! :)

Just wondering, is it just me, or has anyone noticed it's more commonly on the left side?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
You know what? Mine's on the left side, too. Why is that?? Weird. Maybe there is a larger gland on that side or something, who knows? I could feel mine on both sides, like a hard knot. Didn't notice it until after sex with the husband and it was tender and itched so got a mirror to check it out. When I was able to get it between my fingers and squeeze (hurt like hell) it let out some white pasty smelly stuff (yuck). Then, the more I squeezed it between two fingers more whitish, yellowish (more liquidy this time) came out. Just messing with it made it 3 times the size it was when I first noticed it, but now it seems to be going down a lot and not so painful anymore. Had it for 2 days now and husband bugging for more sex but I'm embarrassed to tell him why I don't want to engage him b/c he'd probably think that was NASTY! Anyway, huge relief since I squeezed it and hoping it goes down on its own now within next few days.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Mine is on the right side and is large but only hurts a little bit if I touch it. This morning I could tell it had a white head on it so I think it's the same as all of yours. I've had these before (my mom said she would get them too) and they've always been smaller and have gone away after a day or two. This time it's stayed for almost a week, but I think it might've been due to having a heavier period this month and using pads every day and night.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hey everyone... recently i found a little bump on the left side of my labium majora. It didnt hurt and after a day i tried to pop it. its been here for about a week now and has grown in size it is now painful sometimes and part of it is hard while the other isnt.. Ive never had sex or any other type of male contact in this area. When I look at it it is purple but not to noticeable. Ive put hot clothes on it but it hasnt gotten better. It doesnt feel like something is there in the morning but it progresses in size during the day...
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Pennies work for boils get a bandaid or tape and put a penny on it before bed, usually by morning the infection will come surface and form like a white head then u can drain it. It sounds weird but it works , something about the copper helps it...
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
hey guys fist time posting,
I am 17 years old and not sexually active. Yesterday as I was changing into my bathing suit I found a white bump on my left labia. Its actually right on the tip, not inside. I tried popping it (probably a bad idea) and nothing happened. There is now what looks like a little dot of blood on the whiteness of it. I am really panicking and could use some advice! I dont want to talk to my mom about it because I know she will freak out. From the research i've done, it looks like a cyst, but it could also be a sweat pimple..? Someone please help me, I am so scared.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hi Amanda,
I happened across this forum as I just noticed a similar "bump" a couple of days ago.  I know it's been a couple of days ago that you posted, but wanted to tell you that it is more than likely a small cyst as most in this post have described, and nothing to really worry about.  I do think you should go to your mom and tell her what is going on.  Even though she may freak out at first, she will soon learn that it really doesn't have much to do with being sexually active.  It would be a good thing to have some support from her, no matter what the "bump" is an indication of.  Just remember, mom's love their kids unconditionally.  She will also be able to help you in finding the right doctor if it doesn't go away on it's own fairly soon.  I am giving it a few more days of watching and waiting, but will definitely see my GYN if it doesn't improve.  Good luck!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
OMG i have TWO of these and they hurt SO much. they're both on the left, they're mega huge and one is like pretty much all the way inside. so that's rather upsetting. i haven't tried to pop them or treat them in any way because a couple of days ago i thought they would just go away. i've done a warm bath, didn't work, and it hurts A LOT to just sit down. D: i guess i'll try some garlic or pennies?? i'm supposed to to a bike race on saturday and i seriously feel like i can't possibly do it. but it was $45 to register and i bought a new bike for it! D: i need a solution!! lord have mercy
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi, so I had this problem too and first I was scared I had obtained a wart because my boyfriends has them on my hands and I have been told some of the strands associated with hand warts are similiar enough to be passed on to the genital area. Much to my relief this is not the case.

So anyway what I did was take a very hot shower. I washed the infected area ONLY with face wash, rinsing it very quickly. I then Used a soft baby cloth with antibacterial soap and washed it off very gently. Then with another baby cloth I soak it completely in the warmest water I could stand. and just let it rise to the surfice. Just hold the cloth there, once is starts to cool, get a new cloth and repeat the process. Once you can see a small white head poking out, it's okay to try to pop it.

Immediately wash it with an antibacterial again and eventually you will be able to pop the entire thing. Once you are done, if you've done it right it will look as if nothing was there at all.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Ive had this 4 about 3 years I only get them before during or days after my menstrual and ive went to the er and my gynocologist and they say its a ingrown hair but I rarely shave since the first couple times ive noticed it sometimes its swollen with no head other times its a black head or a puss bump
Blank
1922786_tn?1322726960
I am in my 40s and have been getting these since I was 30. I have notice that if I check often for little non inflamed spots and squeeze it, a thick pus with the hair follicle comes out and this has prevented the swollen red hurting boil thing....
wanting to know if anyone else has noticed hair loss?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I get these alot n my # miracle tool is peroide!!! I put on a napkin or guaze n put on the cyst n it goes down n kills infection! If its huge n wont pop another secret i use is nair yup the hair remover i discoverd this wen i applyd sum 2 my face n it popd a pimple so i figurred itd do the same so i applied it one time n it sure did make a hole at the head on the cyst/boil  enough dat i can press gently enough 2 drain it at home then clean wit peroxide n leave it on n wat i do as soon as i feel a small bump right gauze n peroide n it does pervent then the skin aborbs the peroxide n helps kill the infection oh n note the nair does burn n hurtva lil but better then dealn weeks of agony wait 4 it 2 pop on. Its own well good luck!!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Kk
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
The use of Neosporin ointment is found to be very effective if that is caused by bacterial infection. Please visit Doctor in case it is not cured within a week.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Well i dont know what this is but i have it too idont no if its a cyst or something else im only 13 && i dont know what to do i dont want to tell my mom cause  im scared its like a bumb && it grows bigger but sometimes it goes away i checked in the mirror i couldn't find a white head && it hurts  badly
I thought i would find a soulution but all i found is how to get me scared with all these things about it can be an infection && stuff i had this for a month now & i dont no what to do or maybe over a month im really worried is there anything i could do without seeing a doctor??
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I had the same thing give it another day or two and take a hot bath let it soak and see if it comes to a bigger head if it does I took tweezers and poped the head to get alot of the fluid out this helped alot to get it to drain. Got to your doctor though just to make sure.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I recently found a boil on my labia as well. I showered three times a day for two days, each time turning on the water as hot as I could stand it and letting it directly flow over the boil. The hot water helped with the pain. Each day it grew larger and more painful. Today I was in the restroom and noticed it had come to a head. I barely touched the boil and pus/blood came out. It has been draining all day and it feels so much better. Just be patient.

P.S. does anyone know of any kind of cream that I should apply to keep it clean?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
This is the second time ive had this thing and it hurts. Its a small bump next to my clitoris on top of my labia. All sources are pointing to a cyst. I dont know what to do. Ive tried sitting in the tub. This does not have a head on it so i cant pop it. It is very painful and it has become hard to sleep, stand, sit, pee, wipe. It all just hurts.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I had a bump the size of a thumb tack with a white head on my labia.  after using warm compresses it went away but the pain is still here since March 13.  it has been since April 4, 2013 when I went to the doctor who insisted I take a herpes test even when I said I am not sexually active and haven't been since God knows when.  I have only been with my husband and he has had cancer for ten years.  She insisted on this one bump being herpes so i took the blood test and am still waiting since April 4.  No one has called me.  I am still  in pain even though the bump is gone and there's nothing there.  It got worse each time I ovulated (3x) now and my period was on twice. I have another appointment on May 2, 2013.  Do you think I might have the blood test results.  I though doctors had to inform you of your results.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Ladies! If these lumps ever drain or become excessively painful and spread as well as change color amd grow: SEE A DOCTOR! I had one that grew and did all that. Come to find because I was so embarassed about telling my doc it turned into a staph infection! Which could enter your blood stream and KILL you! Antibiotics will be given and more than likely a culture (doc will cut into or squeeze for sample and send to lab to test for MERSA or staph) will take place. Dont be embarassed. Get help immediately!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
This is a Bartholin's Cyst. It is nothing to worry about because it is normal. The gland that normally lubricates the vagina is just clogged. Sit in hot water for as many times as possible and it will drain on its own. Though you may go to a gynecologist and get it drained. Don't worry, it's not just women with diseases that go there. Women who want to keep good vaginal health go there too so it's something to keep your head held high about. I have one too at the moment so you may contact me at ***@**** if you want to discuss this matter more privately. Don't worry, these are common and any doctor would raise an eyebrow to a middle-aged lady if she said she never had one before. No worries. ^^
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
is magnoplasm effective to help it?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
hi guys, i am only 15 years old. i am really scared of this lump on my left libia. i dont want to tell my mum because i dont know what it is :'( it isnt painful or irritated o.0 i am really really scared, can any help me to find out what this thing is???? please.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
hi guys, i am only 15 years old. i am really scared of this lump on my left libia. i dont want to tell my mum because i dont know what it is :'( it isnt painful or irritated o.0 i am really really scared, can any help me to find out what this thing is???? please.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Its probably just a cyst, which just an inflamed or infect pore or hair follicle. Try soaking in a hot bath, or placing a warm washcloth on the bump a few times a day for a few days. I don't know your mom, but I have a 15 year old girl and I'd just want to help her feel better. So, unless your mom is abusive, trust her even if it's embarrassing. If you can't talk to mom, try your school nurse.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I get these often too, but my doctor says that mine are cysts. They come and go with the change in hormone levels throughout the month. She has offered to remove them when they show up but this would not fix the problem, as they are in different areas every month. Very annoying sometimes but nothing to worry about.

Not sur if it's related but I have cystic breasts and have had many ovarian cysts (most removed) over the last 20 years.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Has anyone ever had them multiply?  I have a hard painful lump on my labia majora but it does not seem t have anything in it. I tried squeezing it and it is just a hard solid mass. Now it has  multipled - there are two smaller ones nearby. I only noticed it several days ago s maybe it hasn't gtten big enough to be poppable - but now that there are others I am wondering if maybe I have something different?  Any thoughts anyone?
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
Hi everyone. On 1/8 I read all ur comments and first decided to not touch it. But it got worse on 1/9. I use warm cloth to put on it about 1 hour, and use alcohol to sterlize that area and a needle (That is my way to pop large acne. I have many serious acne, so when I see there is a purple area on my lump, I decided to pop it.)  But when I wipe it with cotton (dipped in alcohol before), the lump pop and lots of white fluid get out. Then I can be sure my is infection not some horrible disease. Make sure get all fluid out. Then I use cotton (alcohol) to continue cover it for one hour and go to sleep ( no bath). On 1/10 it didn't pain and become normal.

I am all right now. Because I am an international student and just graduated, this is more difficulty for me without no issurance and no parents here.

Thank u for previous post. And hope mine will help you.
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
I am 33 yrs old and I have been getting these since I was a teenager.  I do believe the comment above from thinkingofu is correct.They are a Cyst named Hidradenitis suppurativa. I normally get a REALLY bad one about 1- 2 times a  yr. When I was pregnant I got one so bad and I sat in the bath tub and tried to mash it. A little bit of puss came out and I put some peroxide on it. OMG that was the wrong thing to do. Within hours I was in the ER with the worst pain ive ever had in my life, worse than having kids. The right side of my labia had a lump the size of an egg. If not bigger. I had to get it cut and drained and (with no pain med bc I was prego) and it was then pack with gauze pad. I was told it was staph. The next day at my obgyn, since I was wrongfully diagnosed, I had to have the same procedure done again. I thought I was going to die it hurt so bad.But after that I did whatever I could do NEVER go thru that again. I did a lot of research and tried many things. I do know that it is hereditary. My mom has the same problem and she also gets the cyst in other places, like under her breast and arm pit.  Also, Every time I have gotten one was right after shaving . And I honestly believe that my husbands sperm infected the area after I shaved. Ive learned to always wash directly after sex especially if I  had recently shaved. And the most important thing is don't squeeze it or touch it as It can make it worse. Leave it alone, just take 3 warm bath a day and make sure your dry and then use the spray pain reliever named Benzocaine that is for scrapes and bites. Helps me!
Blank
Avatar_m_tn
hi, i have little bumps around my labia also. Me and my boyfriend had very rough sex, and the bumps appeared the next day. they are very painful and hurts when i touch them, they look red and have like liquidish stuff in them! does anyone have any idea what it could of caused it or how i can get rid of them?
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Women's Health Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Women's Health Answerers
1527510_tn?1392304944
Blank
Carly1306
United Kingdom
136956_tn?1363091289
Blank
ticked
Mississauga, ON
973741_tn?1342346373
Blank
specialmom
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
arlandonbloom
CO
9090222_tn?1401649595
Blank
Madpi
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
LaChaparrita89