A vaginal boil (also called a furuncle or skin abscess) is a painful, pus-filled bump that develops under the skin in your pubic area. It usually happens when the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (commonly called staph) infects the sacs that contain the roots of your hair and oil glands (hair follicles). When a hair follicle becomes infected it is called folliculitis. A vaginal boil can also develop from a cut in the skin from shaving with a razor or other injury to the area. The bacteria will enter the body through the skin and cause infection.

These boils become more painful as they grow. Eventually they will rupture and drain. A boil can develop on the labia (lips of the vagina), in the pubic region (where pubic hair grows) or in the vulvar area around your vagina. Some women will get them in the skin fold of the groin. Boils will start out small but can grow as big as a golf ball.


Vaginal boils can start out small and could resemble a pimple or irritation from shaving or chafing. Once it grows and becomes painful, you’re probably developing an infection.

Signs and symptoms of a vaginal boil are:

  • Swollen, red lump deep in the skin.
  • Painful to touch.
  • Develops a white or yellow pus-filled center that may break open.
  • May ooze clear fluid or develop a crust.
  • Fever or swollen lymph nodes.


Boils are caused by a staphylococcus (staph) infection, a type of bacteria that is found on the skin and inside the nose. It only causes problems when it gets inside the body. When bacteria get into areas of the skin that have been cut or broken open, a lump filled with fluid or pus will form. This is your body’s way of trying to eliminate the infection.

Some causes of boils include:

  • Being overweight or obese can cause boils to develop between the folds of your skin.
  • Poor hygiene. Wash your genital area with soap and water daily and after exercise.
  • Diabetes or other conditions that weaken the immune system reduces your ability to fight infection.
  • Tight-fitting clothes, especially dirty or sweaty undergarments.
  • Ingrown hairs caused by shaving, grooming or waxing your vaginal area.
  • Insect bites, injuries to the skin or acne.
  • You had close contact with someone who had a boil.


Boils on the skin around the vagina can’t always be prevented, especially if you have a weakened immune system. There are some things you can do to reduce the chances of getting another boil near your vagina:

  • Wash your genital area with antibacterial soap to prevent bacteria from building up and causing infection.
  • If you shave your pubic area, shave in the direction of hair growth and change your razor frequently. Do not share razors.
  • Do not share soap, towels, washcloths or other items that touch your vagina.
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before and after touching the genitals.
  • Change your underwear daily and after exercise.
  • If you are overweight, reducing your weight could help as bacteria can survive on folds of the skin.

Homoeopathic approach

Homoeopathy today is a rapidly growing system and is being practiced all over the world. It strength lies in its evident effectiveness as it takes a holistic approach towards the sick individual through promotion of inner balance at mental, emotional, spiritual and physical levels. When  is concerned there are many effective medicines available in Homoeopathy , but the selection depends upon the individuality of the patient , considering mental and physical symptoms

Few homoeopathic medicine can be thought of in the treatment of vaginal boil are:

Hepar sulph., mercurius sol., sepia, sulphur, etc