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Dr. Nair
Dr. Nair, Dermatologist
Category: Dermatology
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Experience:  MBBS, MD (Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology)
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I have a breakout on my outer vagina, what can be the cause?

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I have a breakout on my outer vagina, what can be the cause?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 6 years ago.

By break out do you mean acne like bumps? Do any of them have a head or pus filled center? Since when do you have these symptoms?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
No pus filled center only bumps. I hve been noticing them for the last two weeks.
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 6 years ago.
Okay, how big are these bumps on an average and how many of them are there?

Are they itchy, painful or asymptomatic?

Do you have any enlarged painful glands in the groins?

Any burning while passing urine? Any vaginal discharge?

If I may ask are you active sexually? If so did these appear after contact with a new partner?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Iam not active sexually, They have been itchy, painful and no burning only itchy, I am a female.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
What treatment is suggested?
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 6 years ago.
Sorry my internet connection had creashed. Just typing out your answer.
Expert:  Dr. Nair replied 6 years ago.
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Thank you for the information.

Your history is consistent with a diagnosis of 'Folliculitis'. This is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle. It presents as tiny to pea sized red bumps that are itchy or painful.

The first step into figuring out how to prevent this again is to get your blood sugar level done (both fasting and after a meal). Diabetes is a common cause of Recurrent Folliculitis.

If the sugar level is high then controlling it will prevent relapses. Treatment wise here is what I recommend:

1. Mupirocin ointment twice a day for 5-7 days over the bumps. If there is no improvement within 3 days of this then you will require a 5 days course of an oral antibiotic like Dicloxacillin 500 mg three times a day.

2. Dial Antibacterial liquid soap for bathing. Continue this even when asymptomatic for at least 4 weeks.

NOTE: Dicloxacilllin and mupirocin will require a prescription so I would recommend discussing my recommendations with your GP/family physician. If you cannot do so in the near future then Bacitracin ointment is an OTC alternative.

Hope this information is useful, please feel free to ask if you have any queries.