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.
Here's what you need to know:
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...
It’s summer time and that means hot, humid, sticky weather – the kind of weather that makes you more at risk of developing miliaria or heat rash, sometimes called prickly heat . Heat rash is caused by clogged or immature sweat glands. Perspiration gets trapped under the skin, causing inflammation and irritation, which shows up as a red or pink rash. This type of rash is most common in newborns however, people of any age can get heat rash during hot, humid weather.
Types of Heat Rash
There are three main types of heat rash. No matter which type, the rash usually appears on the neck, shoulders, chest, armpits, elbow creases and groin. It may also appear on any part of the body where clothing causes friction. Each type also has specific symptoms.
This type affects the sweat ducts in the top layer of your skin. The rash has clear, fluid filled blisters. These blisters are not itchy or painful. Usually, no medical treatment is nec...
Some patients with inflammatory bowel disease have significant symptoms outside of the gastrointestinal tract. These extra-intestinal symptoms can at times be even more significant than the intestinal symptoms. Arthritis, skin conditions, inflammation of the eye and liver are the most common. While the cause is unknown, it is believed that all of these complications represent an abnormal response of the immune system. Activation of the immune system ignites inflammation in the intestine as well as other parts of the body. Arthritis is the most common extraintestinal complication of inflammatory bowel disease. It affects one-quarter of patients. There are three types of arthritis that occurs; peripheral arthritis, spondylitis and ankylosing spondylitis. Peripheral arthritis usually affects the large joints of the arms and legs, including the elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. It is more common in patients whose inflammatory bowel disease involves the colon. Joint disease ...
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