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Vulvar cysts

Vulvar cists are also called Bartholin's cysts. The vulva is the area outside the opening of the vagina. This area has special skin with hair and many glands. These glands make a mucous fluid that can collect inside the glands. If the gland openings become clogged for any reason, a pocket, or vulvar cyst, will form. It may, or may not, become infected.

When vulvar cysts are diagnosed, HPV is often also present and can be detected with a pap smear. The area outside the opening of the vagina is called vulva. Symptoms of the condition include pain, redness and swelling of the area. The glands make a mucous fluid that can collect inside the glands. The gland openings can become clogged for some reason. When vulvar cysts are diagnosed, HPV is often also present and can be detected with a pap smear.

Symptoms include pain, redness and swelling of the area. Applying warm soaks and wearing loose clothes, will usually relieve the problem. If the symptoms get worse or do not improve, you will need to get medical care.

Treatment for the condition involves numbing the area and opening the affected gland by making a small cut. Some women have a greater risk of developing this condition: those who have experienced the disease, or a previous surgery to the area. When vulvar cysts are diagnosed, HPV is often also present and can be detected with a pap smear.

Vulvar cysts will sometimes recur in the same area even after treatment. If this happens often, or if there is a question of a growth at the gland opening, the gland may need to be removed.

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