Maybe you find boils or bumps on the lips of the vagina while shaving or in the shower. You are always taught to be aware that any lumps that arise in the genital area can be dangerous. You start to panic, thinking that the lump is a symptom of venereal disease. Or, you are worried that the boils you have found might be some kind of cancer. Now you are really panicked, then start opening new internet tabs to find answers to your anger.Sound familiar?
Let’s examine one by one your fears ranging from the worst possible to the most common causes of nodules, warts, or lumps on your vaginal lips.
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1. Vulva cancer
Vulvar cancer is cancer that attacks the outside of the female reproductive system (vulva). This area includes the front of the vagina, the lips of the vagina (labia), the clitoris, and the skin and tissue that covers the pubic bone. One sign is a wart that grows on the vulva or lump in the labia followed by a number of the following signs: bleeding after sex, pain in the vulva, skin discoloration, and itching and burning on the vulva that lasts long.
It is unlikely that the lump you have found is a cancer cell tumor. Vulvar cancer, including rare, only occupy 3-4% of total cases of female reproductive cancer. This type of cancer is slow skin cancer, it takes years to develop. Precancerous changes can usually be detected and treated.
2. Genital herpes
Genital herpes in women generally does not cause signs and symptoms at all (asymptomatic). But, if present, genital herpes causes ulcers or ulceration, not lumps. Ulcers are usually itchy, burning hot, and quite painful. Ulcers initially took the form of small bumps resembling insect bites that turned into blisters that were open and looked like boils. If you have genital herpes ulcers you will quickly realize it because of the pain and discomfort it causes.
3. Genital warts
A small fleshy lump that is dense, arises, and has a rough surface can be a sign of genital warts. Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus or HPV. This lump resembles cauliflower and can grow in groups. You can get genital warts through genital skin contact or even touching the genitals with hands that carry the virus.
Warts can grow on the lips of the vagina (labia), inside the vagina, on the cervix, and even around the anus. The lump began as nodules the size of pink or brown rice grains. Some warts are painless and almost invisible, while others can grow to a diameter of more than 7 cm. Some genital warts will cause itching and burning.
But on the other hand, most people who have HPV infection can not develop warts at all. If genital warts appear, they will only appear within a few weeks, months, or even years after you are first exposed to contact with the virus.
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