A 23-year-old female asked:
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small red painful bump on outside of vagina lips? mom calls it a risen (boil). is it infected? if it pops will i get tss? mom says it will go away.

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Boil or HSV: Herpes looks a lot like a boil. You should see a doctor and get it tested. Herpes has small bumps which can sometimes be filled with fluid. They can be red and painful. You won't get tss if you pop it, but see doctor before popping it so you can get it cultured. It's important to know so, if positive, you can tell partner and you'll need meds if have vaginal delivery to prevent transmission.
Answered on Dec 9, 2016
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