Last modified: August 2, 2019
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Are you stressing why your happy trail is not as silky smooth as it is supposed to be? Are you getting worried why bumps have suddenly occurred on your nether region? Have you been thinking that it could be serious like herpes or even life threatening like cancer? Take a few deep breaths and relax. Not all bumps in your vagina should freak you out.
As stated by a gynecologist from CareMount Medical in New York, almost all of her patients think of something worse when they find out they have bumps in their vagina. They usually think it’s either cancer or herpes. According to the doctor, bumps on your happy trail are most of the time benign and temporary. Normally, there is a non-critical explanation for the presence of bumps in your vagina and that they can be treated easily.
If you are inclined to arriving at a conclusion that you might have herpes, be reminded that signs of herpes are more serious than just having a few bumps along your happy trail. Bumps are actually not signs of herpes, blisters and open sores are. These are painful, seeps out liquid, and after some time scab over.
So, if your happy trail bumps don’t look alarming enough to elicit a panic reaction, they are most likely harmless symptoms of constricting conditions. These conditions usually clear up on their own after some time with little to no treatment at all. Just calm yourself and remember that these bumps in your vagina could be there because of any of the following non-urgent reasons.
According to a doctor from VSPOT Medi SPA in New York City, pimples don’t only appear on your face, they can also appear anywhere on your body, including on your happy trail. They look like any other pimple. They’re also red, irritated, and at times loaded with pus.
They may feel uncomfortable, which could encourage you to squeeze them. Doctors recommend that you shouldn’t squeeze them and just let your skin clear up on its own because acne on your vagina resolves itself, just like the ones you’ve had on your face.
Irritations from Hair Removal Routines
Removing hair along your happy trail either by trimming with a razor or by waxing can make your delicate skin along your bikini line red and itchy. You may also get ingrown hairs and folliculitis, which means infected hair follicle.
Because of all the hair removal on your vagina, the hairs that grow back could get trapped under the skin and become infected. As a result, bumps and pain occur. Resting from any hair removal treatments for a week or two will help prevent a hairy situation from getting worse. These happy trail bumps that are brought about by grooming practices normally go away on their own.
New Happy Trail Moles or Skin Tags
As time goes by, your skin can develop many different types of marks that may have never been there before. Exposure to the sun can result to having freckles or moles to the surface of your skin, while continuous friction brought about by skin-to-skin or skin-to-clothing contact can lead to skin tags, which are soft and painless flaps of skin. These can suddenly pop up anywhere on your body, including your vagina.
Skin tags do not threaten your health and normally don’t require medical treatment. Moles, on the other hand are different. They’re really not such a big deal. You just have to be able to tell the difference between the normal and suspicious types, particularly if you are under the sun most of the time.
As reported by the Skin Cancer Foundation, regular moles are generally round or have normal shapes. They can either be flat or raised. On the other hand, irregular moles are asymmetrical and multicolored. Their size can also increase as time passes by. If a brown spot that looks a bit funky has emerged on your happy trail, visit your doctor immediately and have it checked. Melanoma can be diagnosed in the groin area, so any new lesion that appears to be pigmented should be biopsied.
A continuously stuffy environment between your legs and an unceasing rubbing against clothing can result to the growth of sebaceous cysts. So, wearing constrictive non-cotton underwear every minute of the day while sitting at a desk the entire day and then working out at a gym after work could most likely lead to getting these sebaceous cysts.
They are like acne and are usually found in the area of your vagina. These could also become infected but the infection generally stays in the same area and doesn’t make you sick. They are somewhat similar to whiteheads. These bumps along your happy trail can be full of liquid but can also be on the firm side. Warm soaks and a visit to your doctor may be necessary to treat them but you don’t have to be too preoccupied by it.
Genital Warts, Not Herpes
Sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes and HIV can be definitely scary. But if you see genital warts appearing in your nether region, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have herpes or HIV. Not every virus that hits you in the area of your vagina can put your life at risk. Genital warts are a viral infection that can cause bumps on your happy trail that at the end of the day will not likely hurt you healthwise.
Warts on your vagina are a kind of sexually transmitted infection that is usually caused by particular strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). These are small and can be rough or smooth on the surface. They generally match your skin tone or a bit darker. These do not cause health issues even if most women seek treatment. It’s not the same as having herpes or HIV.
They’re concerns are mostly because of the stigma and the cosmetic aspect of having it. Genital warts are contagious through sexual interaction. Warts themselves are not dangerous, but you should still need to have it checked by your doctor to find out if these were caused by HPV. If these are caused by HPV, you could become at risk of getting cervical cancer and other problems.
Seek the help of a medical professional if you are still stressing about the appearance of bumps in your nether region. Having fears of getting herpes and any other STDs is a serious matter and you have the right to ask for expert opinions to help put your mind at ease. You shouldn’t ignore these bumps and it is advisable that you visit your doctor if these are not resolved after a couple of weeks.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Honaker: http://www.independentmedicalexaminer.com/IME-Directory/Virginia/Dr-Richard-A-Honaker-MD.asp
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