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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 mellba, Community Member, asks

Q: Help, need answer to vaginal lip boils

I am a 48 yr old female, I have always practiced very good hygiene. My house has always been clean, I would say germ free but I do not believe any house can be completely germ free. I have COPD and EMPHAZYMA, high blood pressure, high cholosteral. When I catch a bug, it usually always affects my resporatory system in some way. About 2 weeks ago, I started having allergy systems, being common this time of year, I treated the systems with over the counter allergy medicine. A week goes by and I'm so fatigued I just want to lay around all day(not like me at all). After 7-8 days a boil came up right at the end of my vagina lip. The next day another one about mid-way on my vagina lip, then one at my panty line in the same day and one off to the side of my vaginal lip. I'm talking painful boils. So I immediately called and went to the clinic(my usual doc). The doc had to lance the first one, took a swab cultural of the puss and hard core that came out(he said the core was almost the size of a small silver dollar, although the boil bump itself was about 3/4 that size). He does not pack it just gives me the proper instructions of socking in the tub 2-3 times a day and gave me 2 strong antibiotics. 5 days later I go back and the boils have gotton soft with little white or pussy pockets on top(not big) and have decreased in size, the lanced one is still leaving small whitish/yellowish spots on the gauze. He tells me the short version of my swab test is all that is back and that the boils were caused by a viral infection, when the final test is back it will most likely tell us what kind of viral infection. I have never in my whole 48 yrs of life had a boil. Everything I can find out about them mostly stems from a bacterial infection(no viral). So what may have caused these boils? and How do I stop it from happening again?

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Merely Me, Health Guide
5/14/09 10:30am

Hi Melba


I don't know what to tell you.  It does seem strange that if it were a viral infection that they gave you antibiotics which worked. 


I am not a doctor so my best advice is to ask these questions directly to your doctor.  I am sorry you have had to go through this and with so much pain.  I am glad you did get to go to the doctor right away to be treated.


Here is some general information I found about natural ways to prevent boils:



"Abscess and boils can be prevented by strengthening your body's resistance to infection by eating fewer foods containing sugar, white flour and saturated fats, and more fresh vegetables and fruits. If you feel run down, make sure that you are getting enough rest, fresh air and exercise, and consider having a medical checkup."


Good luck to you and if you can...come back and tells us what the doctor says. 


Thank you for your question.

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By mellba, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/22/10, First Published: 05/13/09