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It seems as vry month around the time of my cycle I get what I thought was a hair bump, it itches but moreso iirritates the skin, I usually pull surrounding hairs and it goes away. One time it scabbed up, there are no secretions involved, what could this be?

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Hi there

The most common causes of female genital sores are sexually transmitted infections, which can be spread through oral, vaginal, and anal sex. Examples include:

  • genital herpes
  • genital warts
  • chancroid (a bacterial disease)
  • molluscum contagiosum (viral skin infection with pearly nodules)

STIs are not always the cause of genital sores. Certain chronic skin conditions may also produce sores and symptoms such as itching, burning, and pain, such as:

  • vulvovaginitis (vulva and vaginal inflammation)
  • contact dermatitis (sensitivity to chemicals or irritants)
  • atopic dermatitis, often caused by allergies

Other causes of genital sores may include skin cancer or noncancerous cysts. Please visit a healthcare provider who can examine you. While you’re waiting for your appointment, however, you may find some relief through a sitz bath. This helps to relieve any pain and discomfort associated with the sores. This can be done at home by filling the bathtub with warm water that goes up to your hips. You may add a mild saline solution or baking soda to the water. While you can purchase small basins for sitz baths from a drugstore, you can also use a regular bathtub.

Practicing safe sex by using condoms with each sexual partner can help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections that may cause genital sores. Women who are diagnosed with an STI should inform their sexual partner(s), who will also need testing and treatment to avoid reinfection, or spreading the disease to another partner. Additionally, women who have been diagnosed with an STI should avoid all sexual contact until after they complete treatment.

Genital sores due to skin conditions or allergic reactions may be more difficult to prevent. Avoid known irritants, such as abrasive soaps or strong fragrances.

good luck

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