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A swelling on one side on the low part of the entrance can be a Bartholins gland cyst. This is a blocked gland opening. Here is a link to an image of such a cyst:
Of course it would be necessary to examine a woman to be sure this is what is happening.
A Bartholins gland cyst is usually treated by applying moist heat, either by soaking in a tub or using a heating pad. This softens the blockage in the duct opening of the gland.
Can you figure out how to take a picture of it and attach it to this chat?
If you have a digital camera, it's possible to upload the image for me to see.
So is it more towards the inside?
In what way does it not look like a Bartholins gland? They can be pretty variable in how they look. Also tell me more about whether there is pain with it, burning, discharge, etc.
Usually there should be a button on your screen for uploading. I don't know what your screen looks like but if necessary I can get customer service involed to help.
No matter what it is, it sounds best to apply moist heat. If it looks inflammed it may a blockage of one of the other cysts in the area. Taking ibuprofen will reduce pain and inflammation as well. We usually recommend 5-10 minutes at a time 4 x daily.
I wish I could see it, it would be easier to help.
Sometimes a yeast infection can cause a similar feel/look.
In that case the heat could make it feel worse and applying cold plain yogurt or ice packs would feel better.
But usually a yeast infection isn't just on one side.
How big is it?
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I was trying to send another image with a rougher appearance...not sure that worked.
In the area, often women can cofuse hymenal ring remnants with something wrong.
Is there an open sore on it?
I asked about an open sore because I thought maybe it was a herpes outbreak. But that usually wouldn't cause swelling, just pain and a sore.
Yes it could be a hymenal ring but it sounds like if it is, there is something else going on on top of it.
A hymenal ring by itself doesn't hurt.
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There is an image of a hymenal ring remnant that is prominent.
Usually after antibiotics we would again think of a yeast infection. Some yeast is resistant to the usual medications such as canestin.
In that case we would use a medicine by mouth called fluconazole.
Yes that usually would be a yeast flare after taking antibiotics.
The steroid suppresses the immune system and makes any infection easier to come out and flare.
I wonder if you have a strain of yeast that's resistant to the usual treatment. With stubborn yeast, I will use a substance called gentian violet. It's an old remedy for ringworm. If you have flares likes this alot, it may be worth having a vaginal treatment with that. But again, without seeing it, it's impossible for me to tell what is going on really.
Applying a paste of baking soda or oatmeal may cool it down.
It sounds like you just need to get it to feel better now so you can get some rest. Taking some Benadryl may also help.
The other thing I can think of in a pinch is applying something like Oragel which is a topical anesthetic gel usually used for tooth pain.
That may absorb into the tissue and numb it temporarily.
Ok, anything else I can help with today?
I hope it cools down and you get some rest soon.
ok. I wish I had a magic wand.