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I found this small lump type "thing" on my labia...think it's the labia, I could be wrong. It's the outer "lips" part anyway.

I only noticed it was there when I wiped after going to the bathroom and felt something feel a little sore/itchy -ish as I wiped over it. So I felt the area and there was a small lump, but maybe it's a zit/spot? Can you get them down there?

I couldn't really see it when I tried to look in the mirror, but from touching it, it's definately on the outside of the skin not under...if you know what I mean? Like a facial zit is how I can best describe it feels like. It doesn't feel sore or itchy at all unless I touch it or wipe over it, then it does a little.

Any idea what it could be? I have recently done an STI test which came back negative a few weeks ago, because I had some UTI symptoms and wanted to be safe, but it turned out to be just a UTI, thankfully.

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Ingrown hair is my first thought. I get them a lot because of shaving but even if you dont shave they can still happen.

 
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I get those too! I hate them bc its uncomfortable...but i figure it is an ingrown hair. I get yearly STD tests and all negative returns.

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I remember when I was in university I felt a bump on my labia one day and freaked out. I told my good friend about it and she said she had had that before too (on a few occasions) and it had gone away. I decided to watch and wait and sure enough mine went away too. Not sure what it was though. I would say to a) not freak out, and b) give it a week or two to see if it disappears on it's own. If not then give a call to your HCP.

I hate mysterious bumps on the body.

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Can you get them there?!?!?!?! .

Ingrown hair, and they SUCK!!!
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It could be a pimple or an ingrown hair.

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I've had both ingrown hairs and pimples there. They usually resolve in a day or two.

I actually can't think of a body place that I haven't had a pimple!

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I've had both ingrown hairs and pimples there. They usually resolve in a day or two.

I actually can't think of a body place that I haven't had a pimple!
Oh ok, I guess it's a pimple then. I don't think it could be in ingrown hair because it is further insider than where the hairs tend to grow.

How long should a pimple down there take to go away? It's been there for about 2 weeks already which is a bit worrying....I didn't ask about it until now because I was hoping it would go away by itself, but it doesn't seem to be.

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If it's INSIDE the outer lips, between the outer and inner lips, it could be an infected Bartholin's gland. When I had one, it was pea-sized and extremely sore, and looked like a red lump on the skin. It happens when the gland, which you probably never even knew was there, gets clogged with sweat or whatever, and gets gunky. I wound up taking a three-day course of oral antibiotics, and it was gone by the second day. It can also be treated with topical treatments.

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It could also be a result of a herpes infection, which is very, very common. Herpes testing is NOT part of STD screenings and your doctor would need to culture the sore to confirm.
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oh, samy, i have this, too! i know exactly what you mean, i think. mine's been off and on since december or so. :^/ it feels almost exactly like a flea bite or some other kind of bug bite. it has a white center, and its at the upper inside part of the vulva/labia, near the clitoris, but more towards the outside, if that makes sense. i've been searching like CRAZY to figure out what it is! i had a baby one year ago, and i thought maybe that had something to do with it, like hormonally?

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I had one of those too years ago that got bigger and bigger. (you can get a zit anywhere on your body pretty much) I finally did some bathroom surgery on it (stuck it with a pin) cause I couldn't take it anymore and it just completely exploded and then went away.

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If it's INSIDE the outer lips, between the outer and inner lips, it could be an infected Bartholin's gland. When I had one, it was pea-sized and extremely sore, and looked like a red lump on the skin. It happens when the gland, which you probably never even knew was there, gets clogged with sweat or whatever, and gets gunky. I wound up taking a three-day course of oral antibiotics, and it was gone by the second day. It can also be treated with topical treatments.
This is what I was going to say. It could be a Bartholin Gland cyst. I've had it twice. Once from wearing a thong and the second time I have no idea how I got it. The Ob/Gyn who saw me the first time I had such a cyst said it can also be caused by bike riding and very vigorous intimate relations. Her treatment - apply warm compresses several times a day. She said most Bartholin Gland cysts go away on their own and mine always did.

Normal is just a setting on your dryer.
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There is a medical term for it, but I've forgotten, begins with an F I think. It's basically an infected hair follicle. I used to get them a lot and post-pregnancy I had it HORRENDOUSLY, so much so that I went to the doctor thinking it was herpes. Bacteria from soaking in bath tubs can cause it - something I had done a lot of after giving birth. I haven't had a bath since and nor have I had any of the spots. I remembered - it's called Folliculitis.

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