Pimples around the female genital area are a common condition caused by a variety of factors. These bumps may be uncomfortable and irritating, but they are not serious in most cases.
Vaginal pimples are similar in appearance to pimples that occur in other areas of the body. They can have different characteristics. For example, they may be painful or painless, burning, flesh-colored or red, pus-filled, in clusters or alone, itchy, or various sizes.
This article covers the common causes of vaginal pimples, their treatment, and methods to prevent future occurrence.
It is not always clear what causes vaginal pimples. However, some of the more common causes include:
Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema caused by skin contact with an allergen or an irritant. Many cases of vaginal pimples are contact dermatitis in the genital area.
Common irritants and allergens contributing to vaginal pimples include:
- feminine hygiene products, such as lotions, powders, and deodorants
- fragranced soaps and shower washes
- laundry detergents
- medicated lotions or gels
- personal lubricants, spermicides, or condoms
- sanitary pads or tampons, especially scented
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