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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...
When it comes to STD tests, a lot of teens want them all. “Test me for everything ,” they say -- but that’s not really practical. The reason is simple: There are more than 20 sexually transmitted diseases out there, and it wouldn’t make sense to do 20 different tests when you go the doctor. Instead, you get certain STD tests based on whether or not you: are just getting a routine check-up and don’t have any symptoms have symptoms have genital bumps or sores practice certain sexual behaviors find out your partner has an STD just want an HIV test Here are some examples of each reason you might get tested for STDs: Reason 1: It’s a Routine Check-Up, You Have No Symptoms Example: You’re a guy getting a routine check-up. Your urine can be checked for leukocytes (white blood cells) which could mean an infection with gonorrhea or chlamydia. To be sure, you get a urethral swab to make the diagnosis. Or -- if the test is available to your ...
Osteonecrosis is the death of bone. Osteonecrosis can cause the hip to collapse. This condition affects the ball on top of the thighbone (femoral head) when the blood supply is cut off. Adults between the ages of 20 and 50 years are at risk for osteonecrosis if they abuse alcohol, take steroids over a long time, or have some kind of trauma to the hip. Treatment with surgery for early disease is usually successful. The goal is to prevent collapse of the femoral head. If it collapses, treatment is much more difficult. Total hip replacement is the most common treatment for patients over 50 years with bone collapse due to osteonecrosis. For patients younger than 50 with mild to moderate disease, the goal is to restore the round ball of the femur and to save the joint surface. This must be done to prevent collapse and before arthritic changes occur. Doctors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill propose using open surgery to inject cement into the damaged femoral head. The idea i...
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