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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
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I have a hard lump on my inside vaginal lip. It hurts when I

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I have a hard lump on my inside vaginal lip. It hurts when I touch it
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

Is the lump toward the front or the back?

How large is it?

How long have you had it? Thank you.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The lump is on the top right hand side of the inside vaginal lips( it is above and to the right of the vaginal opening but on the lips). It is about the size of pea. I noticed it yesterday. I took a hot bath and some pus has come out and a bit of liquid.
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

The fact that some pus came out means that this is an abscess, which is a collection of pus.

From the location, I would say that the most likely cause of this abscess is an infected sebaceous cyst. This is when a skin oil gland gets plugged, causing a small cyst. If that get infected, it will swell up, cause a painful lump filled with pus, which may then drain.

An injury to the skin might also cause such an abscess.

Usually heat such as a hot bath is the best treatment. Usually antibiotics are not helpful.

It would probably be best to make an appointment with your doctor for evaluation and to be sure that it resolves over time. Best wishes.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.

You're welcome.

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