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A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
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Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
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Definition A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra. Alternative Names Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals Considerations Symptoms may include itching , painful urination , drainage from the penis, or pain at the site of the sore. There may be one or many sores. They may also be found elsewhere on the body (such as the mouth and throat). Common Causes Sores or lesions on the male genitalia have many causes. Often, the lesions of most concern are those seen with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For example, genital herpes simplex , syphilis , chancroid , granuloma inguinale , and lymphogranuloma venereum are all associated with ulcers on the genitals. Other lesions in this area may be caused by venereal warts , molluscum contagiosum , allergic reactions, Behcet's disease, and non-sexually transmitted diseases.
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