If you’re feeling extreme discomfort and have deep painful lesions filled with puss that may even look like blackheads, you may have the less common dermatological disorder of the vulva known as hidradenitis suppurativa.
“There seems to be a genetic predisposition to forming these lesions, and obesity is a risk factor,” explains Dr. Goodstein. “In addition there is believed to be a hormonal component to these, as patients with this disorder seem to do better when their hormones are regulated by birth control pills.”
Hidradenitis suppurativa can also be treated with antibiotics or steroids. If you’re not sure what’s going on down there, it’s always best to make an appointment to see your OB/GYN to find out.HS In The News