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Boils in the genitals generally appear in the form of lumps that grow in the pubic area or around it. The appearance of boils on the genitals can sometimes heal by itself. However, in certain cases, this condition can cause discomfort due to pain or itching
Boils usually occur due to a skin infection or inflammation of the hair follicles or oil glands in the skin. At first, the skin will appear red from inflammation, then swell and form lumps. This condition is followed by the formation of pus about 4-7 days after infection.
At first boils can be itchy, then become painful and cause discomfort. Boils on the genitals can grow on the outside of the pubic area, around the pubic hair, or in women on the lips of the vagina.
Understanding the Causes and Risk Factors for the Growth of Boils
The appearance of boils on the genitals can be caused by several things, including:
Most boils are caused by Staphylococcus bacteria infection. These bacteria generally enter through small wounds on the skin that are often not noticed.
Inflammation of the pubic hair follicles
Boils can also be caused by the entry of foreign objects, such as dust and dead skin residue, into the skin or clogged oil glands causing infection.In addition, the condition of ingrown hair on pubic hair can also cause inflamed hair follicles and boils to appear.
There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing boils on the genitals, including:
- Certain diseases, such as diabetes
- Weak immune system, for example due to poor nutrition or side effects of immune-suppressing drugs
- Cleanliness of the body that is not maintained
- Wrong way of shaving pubic hair
- Exposure to chemicals or clothing materials that can irritate the skin around the genitals.
How to Treat Boils on the Pubic
Most of the boils on the genitals are generally mild, so they do not require special medical treatment. Boils will go away on their own in a matter of days or weeks.
However, to speed up the healing of boils on the genitals, you can do the following ways:
1. Keep your body clean
Boils can heal quickly if the skin around the boil is kept clean. Therefore, you need to regularly maintain body hygiene, especially the pubic area, by bathing at least 2 times a day. When bathing, use a mild chemical soap so as not to irritate the skin and trigger boils.
2. Avoid squeezing or touching the boil
When a boil appears on the genitals, try not to touch it often, let alone break the boil. This can actually hurt your skin and risk making the infection worse.
If the boil is large enough and feels very bothersome, it is better if you consult a doctor for proper treatment.
3. Give a warm compress on the boil
You can help relieve symptoms and speed up the healing process by compressing the boil with warm water. This method is useful for reducing pain and drawing pus to the surface. After that, the boil will usually burst by itself.
If boils on the genitals or other parts of the body do not go away or are getting worse, you should consult a doctor for treatment.
To treat severe boils, doctors can provide several treatments such as:
To treat large, inflamed boils, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics, either in the form of oral (oral) or topical (topical) medications, such as creams, ointments, or gels.
Usually, you can apply the topical medication after you shower and dry your body. Your doctor may suggest that you apply an antibiotic ointment or cream to the boil 2 or 3 times a day for a few days.
To relieve pain symptoms due to ulcers, doctors can also prescribe pain relievers such as paracetamol.
Incision and drainage
If home remedies are ineffective or the boil gets worse, consult a doctor immediately so that the doctor can conduct an examination and determine the appropriate treatment for boils on the genitals.
One of the actions that the doctor might do is incision and drainage. Incision and drainage is done if the boil is severe or large and has a lot of pus. Incision and drainage can also be done to treat boils accompanied by abscesses.
The doctor will perform this medical procedure by making a small incision on the boil, then the pus and blood in the boil will be sucked out with a syringe. After that, the doctor will close the wound and give medicines such as antibiotics to support the ulcer healing process.
Although it is mild, be aware of boils on the genitals which are accompanied by symptoms such as fever and chills, swollen lymph nodes, unbearable pain or the appearance of other boils.
You also don't need to hesitate to consult a doctor so that the examination and treatment can be carried out quickly and accurately.