Acne on the face is quite a common problem. However, another kind of acne that is also very common but goes unreported mostly is acne of the genitals. Many people often don’t seek treatment of genital pimples because of being embarrassed or because of the fear of being ridiculed.
Genital pimples are also referred to as genital warts and are caused by specific types of HPV or human papilloma virus. Among a 100 subtypes of HPV, 30 subtypes affect the genitals. They appear on the skin of the genitalia and are white in color. Some warts are also the color of the skin. They can be small or large in size. They usually occur in a cluster of groups resembling cauliflower in appearance. Genital warts generally make their appearance a couple of months after the body has been infected with HPV.
The genital warts usually affect the skin around the pelvis, the scrotum, the thighs and the anus. In case of women, the genital warts are usually seen in the skin surrounding the vulva and the vagina. In extreme cases the warts also make appearance inside the vagina and the cervix. It is not always possible to spot genital warts.
Women with genital pimples inside the cervix tend to have slight bleeding especially after sexual intercourse. In some cases of genital warts inside the vagina the vaginal discharge has an unusual pink color.
Warts can occur in groups or they can be single. They do not cause pain but can be extremely itchy. In some rare cases the genital pimples spread from the genitals to the skin surrounding the anus. This can occur even in cases where anal intercourse has not taken place.
The main cause of genital pimples is poor hygiene. Also, genitals remain covered under layers of clothing and therefore hardly get any fresh air. As a result the skin of the genitals has sweat, urine and bacteria trapped in the pores. All these factors combined result in bacterial infection leading to genital pimples.
It is important to treat genital pimples so that the infection does not spread to other parts of the body. You can visit a doctor to seek medical help for genital warts. However, not many people are comfortable with the idea of exposing their bodies to doctors. That doesn’t mean you should let the pimples go untreated. There are simple and effective home remedies to treat genital pimples completely.
Home remedies for genital pimples
Pimples in the genitals can be effectively and completely removed by following good hygiene habits and taking regular treatment. It is important to keep the genitals clean at all times by washing them with medicated soap and water at least three times in a day.
1. Clean the genital area properly with an anti-bacterial soap and lukewarm water. DO NOT use cosmetic soaps to wash the pubic region. Cosmetic soaps have harmful chemicals that can further aggravate the skin condition. Be careful about removing the soap completely from the skin. Any traces of leftover soap can irritate the skin.
2. Prepare a scrub using coarsely ground oatmeal and fresh cream. Scrub the genitals with this mild scrub for exfoliation. You can also use baking soda as a scrub. But baking soda can be harsh on extremely sensitive skin so use with discretion. Instead use only a loofah to gently exfoliate sensitive skin. Exfoliation is important for getting rid of the pimples as it helps remove the dirt, grime, bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum trapped inside the pores of the skin. Keeping a healthy and clean skin will automatically reduce chances of genital warts.
3. Apply a warm compress on the pimples to soften the skin of the pimples. Soak a soft towel in warm water and squeeze it dry. Apply the warm compress on the pimples. This will effectively take care of the itching caused by the warts. Do not scratch the pimples vigorously or don’t burst them open. This will not fasten their healing.
4. Soak yourself in a bath of Epsom salt. Prepare a bath tub by filling it with one cup Epsom salt and warm water. Soak yourself in this water for 20 minutes or until the water runs cold. After the stipulated time rinse the genitals properly and dry them completely.
5. Always dry the genitals thoroughly. Use hair dryer set on medium heat to dry the area properly. Any hint of moisture in the genital area is an invitation to bacteria to multiply at random speed. Dried pimples also have a tendency to heal faster.
6. After washing and drying the area apply a thin layer of benzoyl peroxide on the affected parts. The gel is an excellent way of curing pimples as its components absorb the excessive oil in the pimples leaving it dry. Dried out pimples fall off faster because the decrease in oil level is not conducive to the growth of infection causing bacteria.
7. Change your underwear frequently especially if you tend to sweat a lot. Dirty underwear has bacteria trapped in the fiber which can cause further infection. So change your underwear at least twice a day.
8. Wear only cotton underwear. Nylon and lycra are man-made fibers and are thus chemically treated. They are tight in fitting and can cause the skin of the genitals to suffocate. As a result the skin pores tend to absorb sweat, diet and urine from the skin surrounding the genitalia.
This clogging of pores is the ideal environment for bacteria to feed on. Presence of rapidly growing bacteria leads to infection including genital warts. Hence reduce your chances of developing genital pimples by wearing loose cotton underclothes.
9. Wash your underwear properly to get rid of HPV. Soak underwear in hot scalding water for 15 minutes to kill the bacteria completely. Then wash the underwear with washing soap and water, take care to remove the soap completely from the underwear. Any traces of chemicals in the underwear can aggravate the condition of genital pimples.
Consult a doctor if the pimples turn into pus-filled pustules and start bleeding. Medical help should also be sought if you experience any vaginal bleeding that is not your regular menstrual bleeding.
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