Any minor change in the appearance or texture of the genital area gets you on your toes. What could possible cause this rash? Why did I get this sore inside my vagina? This article in depth talks about vaginal sores, their causes and even some natural remedies.
Women suffering from genital or vaginal Blisters will see bumps in or around the vagina. Sometimes these Blisters are painful, itch really bad or even have some sort of a discharge. There are also Blisters which do not have any other symptoms.
If you look into causes, some Blisters have no known cause and resolve quickly without medical help. While others could have been caused due to allergies, skin disease, sexually transmitted diseases or infections.
How to Recognize a Vaginal Blister?
The Blisters can be of two types – either small, red bumps or flesh-coloured blisters. These Blisters may over time change their appearance, become harder or grow in size. You may or may not experience other symptoms when you have these sores.
The Blisters might appear in clusters or singularly, depending on the cause.
Usually, if you have a vaginal sore due to a sexually transmitted disease the symptoms which are commonly associated with such Blisters are painful sexual intercourse, foul odour, discharge, pain while urinating and discomfort.
Common Symptoms Accompanying Vaginal Blisters
- Continued itching,
- Pain in that area,
- Pelvic pain,
- Burning sensation,
- Bleeding or spotting,
- Pain while micturition.
Who Can Get Vaginal Blisters?
- Women who are sexually active.
- Women who have ingrown hair due to removal of pubic hair.
- Women who frequently have infections.
- Women who wear tight clothing for long hours, regularly due to clogged sweat glands.
Causes of Vaginal Blisters
If you have had a few blisters for a while now and they don’t seem to go away, there is a chance that they are there due to some serious infection or disease. Often, these blisters have a common appearance irrespective of their causes. Below are the causes of these blisters –
Herpes – if you have been infected with Genital Herpes, this is what you might see. Small blisters will form on the vagina which will eventually burst causing sores. When these blisters burst and become open, they hurt even more. Herpes can spread easily especially if you have a weak immunity. A small cut or crack on the skin could lead to the infestation of the germs. These blisters can also be present in the mouth, near the anus, thighs, urinary tract or any area which came in contact with the infected skin. The treatment for Herpes does not cure the disease; it only stops the symptoms from re-surfacing. The symptoms are –
- Itching, burning sensation or tingling sensation in the vagina or anus,
- Swelling of glands,
- Other common flu symptoms,
- Increased vaginal discharge,
- Pain during urination,
- Feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen area.
Warts – genital warts are mostly caused due to the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). These are small bumps which are mistaken as blisters and usually do not hurt or cause pain. It is a very common sexually transmitted disease and much like Herpes, this can be treated but never cured. The warts can occur at –
The symptoms which accompany the warts are –
- Vaginal discharge,
Syphilis – this is another infection which is transferred because of sexual activity and it develops over time in the body. If you get the treatment done in the first or second phase of the disease, then it can be cured. If you fail to do so, it becomes incurable. This infection is very dangerous because it eventually affects your organs and even your brain. The famous Al Capone had such a bad case of Syphilis that when he died, his mental capacity was that of a 12 year old child. In this disease, the infection causes just one sore which might go unnoticed. It may be present in the mouth, rectum, and vaginal area. The common symptoms are –
- Skin rashes,
- Weight loss,
- Ache in the joints,
- Hair loss,
- Heart disease,
- Mental incapacity,
Bartholin Gland Cyst – a cyst could also be the reason for the blisters. These blisters are usually filled with fluid which is produced to lubricate the vagina. The lubricant is produced by two different glands which are very vital for smooth sexual intercourse. But at times, these glands become blocked. This blockage causes cysts, which cause blisters. The cyst causes no pain and looks exactly like blisters. An abscess may also form. Usually the blockage is resolved without treatment but in rare cases, you may need a surgery to remove the cyst.
Rough sex – a sexual intercourse session done with a lot of zeal can also have a bit of side-effects. Rough sex causes irritation in the vagina, which in turn causes blisters. If you have a doubt about your partner’s loyalty, this could also be a sexually transmitted disease. In that case, you will need to see a doctor to sort this out.
Clothing – if your clothes are too tight, they will rub against the pelvic region – your vagina and the thighs. If you wear tight jeans without underwear, it will create unnecessary friction causing blisters. If the underwear that you usually wear does not have a crotch patch which lets the skin breathe, then there will be build-up of sweat leading to blisters and other problems. You might also see blisters due to vaginal infections caused due to bacteria or yeast.
If you are a regular at pools or hot bath tubs, then this could also be the reason for your discomfort since these places are not kept clean very properly. Sometimes, the chemicals used in the pools are very harsh for your skin and cause blisters.
Hair follicles – an infected hair follicle could also lead to a blister. The hair follicle gets infected due to removal of pubic hair using old razors, dirty panties, sweaty clothing, ingrown hair or infected cuts or cracks in the pelvic region.
Molluscum Contagiosum – this is a viral skin disease. It causes nodules filled with pus in genital areas. In this case, you need to see your OB-GYN as well as the Dermatologist.
Allergic reactions – sometimes when your skin reacts to the vaginal lubricants or condoms or any other artificial products, you might see an outbreak of blisters. These blisters are mostly harmless and subside on their own. Seek medical help if they grow in size or persist even after a week.
Pubic lice – lice which thrive in the pubic hair feed off the blood from the pelvic region. They may at times cause enough damage for your body to develop blisters.
When to Visit the Doctor for Vaginal Blisters?
Mostly since these blisters pose no harm as such and subside on their own, you do not have to worry and run to the doctor immediately. However, you will know that it is a serious problem if these symptoms persist –
- Continued pain and discomfort,
- Pain or burning sensation during urination,
- Leaking of pus from the blister,
- Blister grows bigger day by day,
- It becomes hard and redder,
- Strong, foul smell,
- Pain during sex,
Diagnosis of the Vaginal Blisters
Your doctor will check the area for blisters and examine the blisters to determine their cause. This involves physical examination, blood test and culture of the blisters. You may also be asked your medical as well as sexual history. Once the cause is found, the doctor will start with the treatment.
Vaginal blisters caused due to long term diseases may recur. If left untreated, they can cause serious medical conditions like –
- Pelvic inflammatory disease,
- Scarring of the reproductive organs,
- Ectopic pregnancy.
How to Prevent Vaginal Blisters?
There are a few things you must do if you want to keep these nasty blisters away for your entire lifetime –
- Always practice safe sex. Use a condom to make sure that you do not get a sexually transmitted disease from your partner.
- If you are allergic to condoms, then make sure you have your partner tested and refrain from casual sexual relationships.
- Always bathe and do not use artificial products to clean up your groin area.
- Avoid sexual contact if you have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease.
- Avoid shaving, using hair removal creams or getting yourself waxed. It is better to just trim your pubic hair.
- If you do opt for complete hair removal, you need to make sure you clean up well using an anti-microbial wash.
- Wear clothes which do not stick to your groin area too tight. If you do, change as soon as possible.
- Do not wear sweaty gym clothes or underwear for too long.
- Opt for cotton underwear for a better vaginal health and environment.
- If you have pus filled sore due to any reason, do not try and burst it on your own. Either wait for the blister to subside or go to a doctor for getting a proper ointment.
- Avoid using public toilets in order to reduce the risks of catching infections or diseases. Hover over the toilet seat or use the Indian loo.
Home Remedies to Cure Vaginal Blisters
Blisters can be a scary problem especially if they cause a lot of pain or have pus coming out of them. As soon as you might have spotted it, you would have started looking for ways to get rid of it. Before you jump to chemicals and medicines, here are a few natural ways to treat vaginal blisters –
Carrots – they contain beta-carotene which is a good way to detoxify the body.
- Take 2 carrots and put them in a blender.
- Drink the carrot juice twice every day until the blisters heal.
- Do not store the juice, it is better to make a fresh batch every time you consume it.
Aloe Vera – the Aloe Vera gel helps in soothing blisters since it has a calming effect.
- Take a fresh leaf of the plant and slice it.
- Extract the gel from the piece.
- Apply the gel directly to the blisters and let it dry.
Baking Soda – this will help heal the blisters quickly as it dries them out.
- Take a pinch of baking soda.
- Add a drop or two of water to make a paste.
- Apply this paste directly to the blisters.
- Repeat till you feel better.
Cold Compress – this is another simple way to soothe blisters anywhere in or on the body.
- Take a few ice cubes.
- Wrap them in a thin wash cloth and keep them on the affected area.
Vinegar – it is a very effective way to treat blisters easily.
- Add about half cup of edible vinegar to bath water.
- Soak in the bath tub for 5 to 7 minutes.
- Do it two times every day till the blister heals.
Tea Bags – tea bags are a great way to treat inflammation and irritation.
- Take a tea bag which has been used.
- Place it in the fridge for a while.
- Once cold, place it over the blisters.
- Keep the tea bag there for 5 minutes and then remove it.
Garlic – a staple remedy for most of your issues related to the body. It is a good way to heal inflammation.
- Take fresh garlic cloves and extract their oil.
- Take the garlic oil and mix it with a little bit of Olive oil.
- Apply directly on the blisters.
- Repeat till the blisters heal.
Hot Bath – this is known to reduce the sting or the pain as well as help with the inflammation. Every day take a hot water bath and gently clean the affected area. Do not use any soaps or shampoo to clean the area.
Tea Tree Oil – if you have Herpes, you can try using this oil.
- Take a glass of water and add a few drops of the oil.
- For herpes in the mouth, gargle three to four times a day.
- For genital herpes, use a dropper and put the mixture over the blisters.
Epsom Salt – this is the best remedy to soothe itching and pain in herpes. It also makes the blisters dry out faster.
- Add some Epsom salt in your bathing water.
- Soak in the water for 10 minutes at least.
- Repeat till you feel better.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the pus from the blisters infect the other reproductive organs?
Yes, it is possible for the infected pus to spread the infection further inside your urinary tract and other organs. Your doctor will let you know if that is the case.
Will the blisters spread if they burst and touch other areas?
Is some cases, it is possible that the blisters spread if they come in contact with other areas. This is especially true for the blisters in case of hair folliculitis. Even without bursting, they can spread to areas in which they come in contact with.
Can you have blisters even if you are not sexually active?
Yes, blisters do not restrict themselves to people who are sexually active. Blocked sweat glands, cysts, etc., are very common in young girls and even infants.
Can allergy to birth control pills cause blisters?
It is very rare for someone to have a reaction so severe that they have vaginal blisters from ingesting birth control pills. But if you have recently started taking a new medication and you have blisters, it could be related. See you doctor to confirm the cause.
Can a blister be as big as a quarter?
In most cases the blisters never grow this big. If it has, then it might indicate an underlying problem like cancerous cells or a very severe STD. Please see a doctor immediately.
Table of Contents
- 1 Vaginal Blisters
- 2 How to Recognize a Vaginal Blister?
- 3 Common Symptoms Accompanying Vaginal Blisters
- 4 Who Can Get Vaginal Blisters?
- 5 Causes of Vaginal Blisters
- 6 When to Visit the Doctor for Vaginal Blisters?
- 7 Diagnosis of the Vaginal Blisters
- 8 How to Prevent Vaginal Blisters?
- 9 Home Remedies to Cure Vaginal Blisters