What are female genital sores?
Female genital sores refer to flesh-colored red bumps or fluid-filled blisters/vesicles in or around the vagina. They may be single or multiple in number varying from case to case.
They may or may not be attended with any signs and symptoms. Itching, pain, tenderness, burning sensation, bleeding and discharge are some of its symptoms. Some of the sores may be contagious (spread from direct skin to skin contact).
Homeopathic medicines are very effective in treating female genital sores. These medicines help to heal the sores in the genitals and halt further progression of the sores. Besides, they help to manage any associated itching, pain, burning sensation, if present. It is advised to take homeopathic medicines for treating genital sores in women under the supervision of a homeopathic doctor. This is because a doctor can evaluate the cause behind it and based on the cause and the individual’s symptoms, he/she can give the best suitable medicine. Use of homeopathic medicines is recommended only when sores occur from a benign (non-cancerous) cause. While in case of cancerous causes, it is strictly advised to take help from conventional mode of treatment.
Top Homeopathic Medicines For Genital Sores In Women
1. Sepia – Top grade medicine
It is a leading homeopathic medicine for treating genital sores in women. Firstly, it is helpful for cases in which pimples appear all around the vulva. It is attended with severe itching of the vulva. Secondly, it is useful for treating non-painful fluid-filled eruptions on the outer parts of the vulva. The other indication for using Sepia is red, swollen inner labia with itchy eruptions. Lastly, it is a well-indicated medicine for managing vaginal inflammation. In such cases, yellow–colored vaginal discharge is present. It may be accompanied by a burning sensation. Besides, vagina may be tender with pain during sexual intercourse.
2. Natrum Mur – For Cases Of Genital Herpes
It is a well-indicated medicine for cases in which sores occur from genital herpes infection. Females needing it have soreness in the vagina along with itching. During intercourse, they feel burning sensation in the vagina. They may also feel soreness and burning in the vagina after urination.
3. Thuja – For Genital Warts
It is prepared from fresh twigs of a plant Thuja Occidentalis having common name Arbor Vitae. This plant belongs to family Coniferae. It is a very effective medicine for treating genital warts. It is indicated when there are warts around the vulva. The warts may be present on the labium. These are painful to touch and may bleed easily. Other than warts, it is also valuable for treating ulcers on the inner surface of vulva and labia majora. Pain in the vulva may be felt in the sitting position.
4. Graphites – For Pimples, Vesicles On Vulva And Eczema Around Vulva
This medicine is helpful for cases in which there are pimples or vesicles (fluid-filled eruptions) on the vulva. These are itchy. Smarting sensation(burning) and pain may also be felt in the pimples. In some cases needing it, there may be vesicles in the vagina and on the labia also. It is also a very suitable medicine for managing eczema around the vulva.
5. Nitric Acid – For Vaginal Inflammation
This medicine works well in cases of vaginal inflammation. Vaginal discharge can be watery, or stringy and is green or brown in colour. It has an offensive smell. Swelling, itching and burning sensation is felt in the vagina and vulva. Besides, cracks and ulcers may be present on the labia minora.
6. Petroleum – For Sore, Inflamed Vulva And Vaginal Burning
Petroleum is an important medicine for cases presenting with soreness in the vulva, inflamed vulva and burning in vagina. It is accompanied by profuse vaginal discharge which is irritating. It looks like egg white and it wears off the skin. Excessive itching and sweating in labia is felt. Weakness is another symptom.
7. Merc Sol – For Pimple Eruptions On Labia
This medicine is indicated when there are pimples on the labia. It gets worse at night. There may be inflammation of vagina and swelling of labia. In such cases, burning and itching of vagina is present. There is yellow or greenish colored discharge from the vagina. It is smarting corroding type. It may also look like pus sometimes. Other than this, whitish patches like ulcers on mucus surface of genitals can be present. There may be little red elevations on these patches. There is burning in vagina when urine passes through it.
7. Sabina – For Genital Warts And Cyst In Vulva
It is prepared from young, fresh tops of the branches of plant Sabina Officinalis commonly called ‘Juniperus Sabina’ and ‘Savine’. It belongs to family Coniferae. It is of great value for treating genital warts. These are attended with itching and burning where Sabina is required. Secondly, it is an important medicine to treat cysts in the vulva. They are sensitive to touch and pain of tearing nature may be felt in them while resting.
8. Kreosote – For Vulva And Vaginal Inflammation
It is a very suitable medicine for inflammation in the vulva and vagina. It is accompanied with itching in vagina and vulva. After scratching, soreness and burning is felt. Swelling and heat is also there in external genitals. One feels pain in vagina while passing urine as it is sore. Pain in vagina during sex is another complaint. Vaginal discharge occurs follows which is yellow. It mostly precedes every urination. Frequent urination is present along with these complaints.
9. Lycopodium – For Dry Warts On Female Genitals
It is prepared from plant Lycopodium Clavatum commonly known as ‘club moss’. It belongs to family Lycopodiaceae. It is a very beneficial medicine for treating dry warts on female genitalia. They are pedunculated (attached with a stalk) and painless. Lycopodium also helps in relieving serious cysts in vagina. It also manages burning of vagina during and after sexual intercourse.
What Are The Reasons Behind It?
In some cases, they appear without any cause and disappear by themselves. While in others, there may be a medical reason, like a skin disorder or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The common cause that can cause sores in female genitals is sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that mostly include genital herpes and genital warts. Genital herpes is a very common sexually transmitted infection caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). It causes sores in the genital area. The sores may be itchy and painful. In some cases, no signs or symptoms are visible.
Genital warts is a very common type of sexually transmitted infection. These are caused by some strains of HPV – human papillomavirus. These appear as small, flesh-colored bumps on the genitals. Some may also have a cauliflower-like appearance.
Some less common STIs that can cause genital sores are syphilis, chancroid and molluscum contagiosum.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria Treponema pallidum. It starts as a painless sore on the genitals, rectum or the mouth. This is followed by a rash on the trunk that spreads to cover the entire body. Chancroid is an STI caused by bacteria Haemophilus ducreyi. In this infection, open painful sores develop in the genital area. The lymph nodes in groin may also swell and cause pain.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a skin infection that is caused by virus Molluscum contagiosum. Raised bumps that are small, smooth, shiny can develop on the face, thighs, buttocks, groin, lower abdomen, on the genitals and around the anus.
Other than STIs, there are some skin disorders that can cause genital sores. The first among them is eczema —
a skin condition in which patches of skin get red and inflamed attended by itching. Fluid-filled eruptions called blisters may develop on the affected skin area. It may also get rough and cracked in some cases.
Second is contact dermatitis, a skin condition in which the skin gets red, sore and inflamed after coming in contact with chemicals in some substances like detergents, perfumes, creams, feminine sprays, douches, etc). Another reason could be the formation of cysts (a lump that may be filled with fluid, semi-solid material or air). Inflamed vulva or vagina (vulvovaginitis) could also be a reason for sores in the private parts. In this case, increased vaginal discharge, itching and irritation in the genital area along with discomfort while passing urine may occur. Other than this, it may be caused by trauma or a scratch on the genitals that becomes infected. Lastly, these may be present in case of cancer of the vulva and other types of skin cancer (including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma).