A pubic cyst might be hidden from the public’s watching eyes. But you can’t completely hide its effects. If you are not careful, you will end up scratching your pubic area publicly. This could be quite embarrassing. The most common cause of pubic cysts is ingrown pubic hairs. This happens when any of your pubic hairs grow sideways into your skin instead of outward and upward. Well, cysts cause skin inflammation with pain, redness, and itching. But that’s not all. The inflammation usually goes beyond the skin surface alone. It usually goes underneath the skin. That’s why a cyst usually gives the feel of a suspended lump in-between your skin when you touch it.
You may confuse a cyst with a cancerous lump. But to clear off your suspicion, cysts often have reddish areas and hairs may be trapped within them. Men often have pubic cysts (as a result of ingrown hair) on their penis and scrotum. Females, on the other hand, most commonly have it on their vagina and labia lips. Sometimes, an infection can overtake a cyst. If this happens, you would notice pus oozing out from the lumps. Now, this could be somewhat painful. You can treat cysts at home. However, consult your physician if you notice incessant cysts in your pubic area.
Why You May Have Groin Cysts
The primary reason why you may have groin cysts is ingrown groin hair. This often occurs as a result of improper shaving, tweezing, or waxing.
For instance, shaving against your hair growth’s direction could lead to pubic cysts. This kind of improper shaving leaves some hairs behind. These hairs often have sharp ends. Now, these sharp ends can make the hair grow back into your skin.
When this happens, your body’s immune system would interpret the ingrown hair as “foreign”. This, in turn, triggers an automatic immune response. The result of this is lump and inflammation in your pubic area.
Generally, your pubic hair has a coarse texture. Dry-shaving can, therefore, irritate your skin. And if your hairs are curly, you have higher chances of getting pubic cysts due to ingrown hair. If this is your case, you must pay more attention to shaving or waxing the proper way.
Wearing tight underwear or other clothing around your pubic area can also predispose you. Extremely tight undies can create pressure in the area. It is even worse if you wear these tight undies just after shaving.
Other possible causes include the following:
- Bartholin’s cyst
- Sebaceous cyst
- Genital warts
- Genital herpes
- Molluscum Contagiosum (An STI)
How to Treat a Pubic Cyst
The treatment plan would often depend on the cause of your cyst. You should, therefore, see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. However, here are some common treatment options:
You may need to use antibiotics if an infection sets in. You should suspect an infection if the cyst becomes very tender or painful and contains pus. Pus usually appears as a green or yellow quid/milky mass. Sometimes, an infection may also cause sore or blisters to form in your pubic area too.
Symptoms of infection suggest that bacteria have overtaken your cyst. And you’ll need antibiotics to treat it. Usually, the antibiotics for treating infected groin cysts are topical creams that you should rub on the cysts. However, some can be used by mouth.
Usually, genital cysts should clear off with time. But sometimes, they persist and grow bigger. This causes continuous irritation and discomfort. In such a scenario like this, your dermatologist might recommend surgery to remove the cyst. This is a minor surgery that takes only some minutes.
3. Anti-Inflammatory Products
Inflammation and itching often come with pubic cysts. You usually would feel like scratching the spot. However, doing so might introduce a bacterial infection to the cyst. More so, scratching the cysts might cause further irritation. One way to fight off itching is to use an anti-itch (or anti-inflammatory) cream. They are usually sold over the counter.
Exfoliation means removing dead skin cells. In this case, we are referring to the skin of your pubic area. The value of exfoliation is that it rids you of obstructions that might prevent proper hair growth.
To exfoliate, use exfoliants like salicylic acid. However, you should be careful with exfoliants in your pubic area because that area is usually very sensitive.
5. Tea Tree Oil
This herbal remedy is very potent for treating pubic cysts. The oil that comes from tea tree leaves has potent antibacterial properties. As such, they can help combat infections and make cysts heal faster. Note, however, that if you do; dilute tea tree oil properly, it might burn or irritate your skin.
- Try as much as possible to exfoliate a minimum of two times weekly.
- Try to use another method of hair removal. Waxing and shaving particularly have higher risks of causing a pubic cyst. They are more likely to irritate. So you might want to consider other methods, such as electrolysis or depilatory creams
- In case you still prefer shaving, don’t rush through it. Shave very gently and slowly. More so, don’t do dry-shaving. Ensure that the area is well hydrated before your attempt at shaving. This is because your pubic hair naturally has a coarse texture.
- Follow your hair growth direction when you’re shaving. If you shave in the opposite direction, skin irritation is more likely to occur.
- Use a very sharp razor so that you wouldn’t need to shave several times. Repeated shaving would increase the risks of cysts from ingrown hairs.
- Try not to shave too often. That way, any potential inflammation would have healed before you run shave again. Keep in mind that anything more than once a week is too often.
- If pubic cysts persist or are recurrent after following these tips, check your clothing and make sure they aren’t too tight, and see your doctor for a proper checkup.
A pubic cyst is usually not fatal. And it usually does not indicate cancer. However, we would still advise that you get your doctor involved. Self-medication is not good.