7 Factors May Endanger Female Health And Cause Inflammation Down Below

Date May 23, 2019 18:31

Keeping your vaginal area healthy is a cause for concern for many women. First of all, it's a place we can't always check regularly due to clothing and its location on the body. Secondly, it is exposed to moisture and can occasionally generate conditions which are ideal for the proliferation of infections.

Swelling in the vaginal area can appear throughout a woman's life, from childhood until after going through menopause. The causes of the swelling can vary, from the personal hygiene habit to the appearance of serious diseases such as cancer. However, the important thing is not to panic, but to see a doctor who can help you find out what is causing the uncomfortable swelling.

The appearance of swelling in the vaginal area can occur for several reasons:

1. Blockage of the sebaceous glands

Vaginal area contains sebaceous glands which are linked to hair follicles. The function of these glands is to secrete the sebum produced by some cells and which, together with hair follicles, draws the secretion to the surface of the skin. When the hair follicles are inflamed, the sebaceous glands get blocked and result in the appearance of sebaceous cysts. These bumps look like small yellow zits and are generally painless.

These kinds of inflammations generally don't require medical treatment. However, it's necessary to pay attention to them, since the humidity and temperature of our intimate areas can cause these small zits to become infected. In this case, they can cause pain. If we have an infection, it's best to see a doctor who can remove the zit and drain the pus.

If the zits aren't infected, we can take warm baths for at least 15 minutes. If we don't have a bathtub, we can apply a compress that has been soaking in hot water.

2. Blocked sweat glands

Inflammation of the sweat glands, or hidradenitis, is caused by a sharp infection and is associated with follicular blockage. This condition can be caused by staphylococcus and there are some risk factors such as shaving habits, the use of tight-fitting clothing and obesity. These bumps can take the appearance of reddish sores or an abscess, and generally result in severe pain.

Inflammation caused by blocked sweat glands must be treated with antibiotics and minor surgery to drain the pus from the affected area. In addition, the doctor may prescribe the use of an antibacterial soap and anti-inflammatory creams.

3. Allergy to certain cleaning products or fabrics

Contact dermatitis is caused by a product or substance which rubs against the skin of intimate area, causing an allergic reaction. Some of the elements which cause allergies may include lubricants, shower gels, soaps, and chemical products found in underwear. Their appearance is similar to that of reddish sores and swelling which is generally painless.

Generally, to treat these bumps, oral antihistamines are recommended because the cause is an allergy. It's also necessary to pay attention to the products we use or apply to our intimate area in order to make sure that the problem doesn't repeat itself again.

4. Hair growth as a result of shaving

This practice of hair removal of the intimate area, especially when using harsh razors, can cause the hair follicles to become infected. The problem is that the razor tends to bend the hairs it cuts, which subsequently grows back inside the skin. These shaving bumps appear as small red bumps, which may contain pus and whose surrounding area is darker than normal. They are often painful, albeit not overly intense pain.

Generally, these only require medical treatment in the case of infection. If the bump fills with pus, it's recommended to see a doctor who can remove the ingrown hair. Anti-inflammatory creams and retinoids are also recommended to eliminate dead skin cells around the hair.

5. Use of other peoples' towels or underwear

Although it may seen unhygienic, many people don't mind using other peoples' towels or underwear. This habit can lead us to catching molluscum contagiosum, a type of viral infection. The appearance of these bumps is a prominent, round inflammation which is usually red in color with a cleft in the middle. They don't usually cause pain.

Medical treatment may include scraping, cryotherapy or laser treatment. Once the infection disappears from our body, so too does the inflammation.

6. Inflammation of varicose veins

Angiomas or inflammation of varicose veins can cause bumps in our genital area. This condition affects women who have given birth. They appear as blueish bumps. They aren't usually painful, although they do cause a feeling of heaviness in the inflamed area, and these varicose veins may even begin to bleed.

Since this condition can disappear after giving birth, medical treatments such as surgery generally aren't used.

7. Diseases

There are several health conditions which can cause bumps on a woman's intimate area, although these are less common. One such disease is lichen sclerosis, which affects women prior to menarche and after menopause. This condition can result in blisters which are generally filled with blood, although they can also appear as flat, whitish lesions which make the skin tissue thin and brittle. In these cases, it's recommended to see a doctor to treat the disease and eliminate the symptoms.

As we can see, bumps on the skin surrounding the intimate area can be caused by several factors. The most important thing is always to identify what is causing it, and seeing the doctor is the best option for that.

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