How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Norm S. Your Own Question
Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
Category: OB GYN
Satisfied Customers: 11259
Experience:  Over 30 years of experience in OB/GYN practice, including teaching students. Fellow of American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
13711182
Type Your OB GYN Question Here...
Dr. Norm S. is online now

I found a small "lump" that is painful to touch on my labia.

Resolved Question:

I found a small "lump" that is painful to touch on my labia. I think it might be a cyst. I also have several small dark flat spots on my outer labia but no itching or pain.
Assistant: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: Just today. Touching it or rubbing with toilet paper. But otherwise it isn't bothering me.
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: No. Not that i'm aware of.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 months ago.

How old are you?

Can you describe more precisely where the lump is located?

Is the lump the size of a pea or larger?

Is the skin intact over the lump, or is there an ulcer? Thank you.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm 49
The lump is located at the front left edge of my labia minor
It's about the size of pea.
Skin is intact.
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
See photo
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 months ago.

I'm sorry for the delay. I was gone for a while.

The lump looks most like a sebaceous cyst (blocked oil gland) that is mildly infected. I'm pretty sure it's nothing serious.

I would treat it with hot packs for a few days to a week. You can do that using a warm moist washcloth, possibly covered with a heating pad. That should help resolve the infection. Antibiotics would not usually be needed.

You might be left with a lump there, which could remain. If it were bothersome, it could be removed using local anesthesia once the infection has resolved.

If it doesn't get better (less tenderness and redness), I would see a doctor.

The dark spots are probably moles, but I'm not able to see them well enough to say much. Best wishes.

Dr. Norm S. and other OB GYN Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 2 months ago.

Thank you for your payment and rating.