I'm not sure if this is the right forum or not to post in. My apologies if it isn't!To start, I have a white bump on my vagina lip. I've had it for quite a while, maybe a year or so. It doesn't hurt, and it's not hard and able to be pushed in with my nail. When I squeeze it, thick, white fluid comes out and it seems to deflate. However, after a few days it returns to normal. I tried soaking in warm water and leaving a warm cloth on it, but it still hasn't gone away. I don't know what to do. I don't even know what it is. Could it be a pimple? Surely not an ingrown hair, because it doesn't pain me in the least bit. I haven't had sex (although I have had oral, but this was here even before that), so I don't think it could be a STD. Does anyone have any information?Secondly... Is it possible to transmit herpes or another STD from touching a canker sore and then masturbating? I was touching the inside of my lip where the canker sore was, wiped the saliva off on my pants, and then just lightly brushed myself before realizing what I had done and pulled away. It wasn't even full-on masturbation. I did this quite a few times, not thinking to wash my hands. It's been worrying me lately if you can catch something from doing this.I'd appreciate any answers. I'm an immense hypochondriac, and I'd love to quit stressing.
I'm very stressed...
The first question regarding the white bump.. that is probably a sebaceous gland, which produces a white oily substance called sebum. That is what you are squeezing out. You should really try to stop messing with it, as you can cause it to become infected and may turn into a cyst.
Canker sores are not the same as the herpes virus, and are not contagious - you shouldn't worry about it spreading anywhere else :grin:
The bump sounds like an enlarged sebaceous gland - perhaps a sebaceous cyst. These are not infectious, and not STDs. Sebaceous glands are normal parts of your skin that produce sebum, a thick white gunk that is the skin's natural moisturiser. If they get blocked they can swell up and become sebaceous cysts. These usually go away over several months if you don't squeeze them, but sometimes they need to be removed by minor surgery under local anaesthetic in a doctor's office.Another possibility is a small abscess - a bit of infection trapped below the surface, like a boil, producing pus. These are usually painful, like a boil, though.Canker sores can be caused by infection, including the herpes virus, but most have other causes and are not infectious. It would be wise to wash your hands after touching the sores, but chances of transferring it are low.
Thank you so very much! I'll stop squeezing it and see what happens over the next few months. Maybe that's why it's been there for so long.Phew, I'm glad to know about the canker sore. I knew that cold sores could be infectious, but I wasn't sure if canker sores could cause the same things.