Cellulitis on Vagina, Labia, Vulva, Penile, Scrotum & Groin Area: Treatment

Do you have inflammation and hot, angry skin in your nether regions? Quell that rising initial panic of an unexpected and unwelcome STI – Sexually Transmitted Infection – there are myriad other causes of swelling in the genitalia.

Vaginal swelling

For the ladies, a chief and leading cause of sore, red skin and tenderness is an adverse or allergic reaction to soaps, shower gels, bath bombs, bubble bath and intercourse lubricants. The body naturally regulates this delicate area with its own microenvironment of healthy bacteria, designed to act as a barrier against infection and disease.

This is easily upset by intrusive chemicals when bathing or showering, even the type of detergent you use to wash your underwear can act as an irritant. Every girl loves sexy lingerie but thongs and G-strings cause pressure points leading to friction and irritation. Have you considered the possibility of a cellulitis infection? Most commonly associated with the leg beneath the knee, this can actually occur anywhere on the body.

Vaginal cellulitis

This refers to cellulitis in the general area in and around the vagina so extending to skin on the bikini line and in the groin. A popular cause is a nick or tiny cut whilst shaving or an infected hair follicle after waxing which if unnoticed, can lead to cellulitis rather taking the shine of that immaculate Brazilian. Vaginal cellulitis is something of a bucket definition as cellulitis can specifically earmark exact locations in this area.

Can you get cellulitis on the labia?

The labia are divided into two segments, the labia majora (outer) and the labia minora (inner lips) encasing the clitoris. The former is larger with tiny hairs on the exterior surface. The two layers combine to protect the entry point to the vagina and form a hooded cover called the prepuce. Below, they join at the fourchette. Rough sexual engagement can create microscopic lesions which are vulnerable to infection from either the bacteria naturally present on the skin or from the anus which unhelpfully is in the close vicinity. Cellulitis on the labia can easily develop in these circumstances.

Cellulitis of the Vulva

The vulva is the collective term for the labia, the clitoris and the opening of the vagina itself sometimes referred to as the vestibule. A real hot spot for dermatitis which just basically means itchy, sore skin, this can easily ramp up into cellulitis of the vulva if the area is not kept clean or the natural bacteria is destroyed with the introduction of artificial products.

Do men suffer from penile cellulitis?

Women are not alone in encountering cellulitis in their private parts. A swollen throbbing member will send most men to the doctor and if it doesn’t, it should do. The overriding reason for prompt assessment is to differentiate the possible conditions and form an accurate diagnosis. Penile cellulitis can be easily transmitted through sexual relations particularly in uncircumcised men. It is also easily acquired through sex and don’t forget oral sex. Stimulation via the teeth could be the troublemaker here. Abstinence is highly recommended until a full diagnosis is made especially to rule out sexual diseases but the pain and discomfort may make this a no brainer anyway. If untreated, penile cellulitis can advance swiftly and require serious intervention.

Cellulitis of the scrotum

The scrotum is the soft sac or pouch encasing the testicles. Cellulitis is usually caused by a strep invasion which doesn’t always have an obviously attributable entry point. Symptoms involve mainly incredible swelling which may be rapid and startling. The most urgent treatment priority is removing this via a surgical incision. Without this process, gangrene may quickly develop. If you want to be horrified then take a look at these images before treatment.

Cellulitis in the groin area

Cellulitis can manifest in any area of the skin, however, cellulitis in the groin area is complex. Sure, the skin can succumb to a bacterial infection as anywhere else on the body.

But cellulitis in the leg will cause the lymph glands in the groin to also enlarge and become tender. Cellulitis in the groin needs prompt clinical evaluation as it can portend something far more grave.

Treatment of cellulitis

Keep the area clean and fresh but use soap free items which are plain and non-fragranced of which there are many proprietary brands on the market. For the gentlemen, there are masculine alternatives.

Safely cleanse whilst managing the infection with antibiotics and boost prevention in the future. Ensure underwear is 100% cotton and allow the air to circulate. No-one wants to resort to grandma’s flowing bloomers or billowing underpants you could hoist on a sail boat but try to avoid tight pants and knickers at least until the condition is resolved.

What causes cellulitis in the intimate area?

The usual bacterial culprits are in the frame, those the skin routinely hosts. Cellulitis in this location is generally caused either by a disruption to the status quo of the normal bacterial climate or a tiny contusion which allows bacteria to penetrate. Here are some pictures to act as guidance for your evaluation.

 

 

Article References:

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