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Reviewed by Frank Cockerill, MD, July 21, 2017
Vaginal sores, sometimes
referred to as vaginal lesions or vaginal blisters, are small, red or flesh-colored
bumps and blisters that appear around the vaginal region.
These sores may also change appearance and become crusty or larger, or there may be no
other symptoms aside from their appearance and prevalence around the vaginal area.
Are there any symptoms associated with vaginal sores?
This is actually a very common question.
Vagina sores and blisters are
typically associated with a feeling of itchiness, pain at the
site, pelvic pain, persistent pain, discharge, discomfort when urinating, bleeding, or burning
in the vaginal region.
Can An STD cause vaginal sores or blisters?
Getting tested regularly is the best way to stay up-to-date on your sexual health. If you are
having unprotected sex or sex with a new partner, STD testing may be the right decision for you.
Most women are surprised to learn that
vaginal blisters and lesions can be a symptom of
herpes type 1, or
herpes type 2.
Syphilis is curable with antibiotics if detected and
treated early. As long as it's treated in the early stages, long-term risks associated with
syphilis are minimal.
There is not a cure for herpes type 1 and herpes type
2. Antiviral medications can help prevent the spread of herpes type 1 & 2 but it is not a
100% guarantee. By taking prescribed medications, using condoms and notifying their partners, women who test positive for herpes type 1 &
2 can help reduce the risk of infecting others while being sexually active.
Untreated STDs can cause long term health problems for patients, so it's important to get
tested if you believe you're at risk.
If your sores are caused by a sexually transmitted infection, then it is possible to infect your
sexual partner. Vaginal blisters and vaginal lesions are spread through skin to skin contact, so
your partner should get tested as well if you are experiencing these symptoms. Our doctors
recommend refraining from any type of sexual activity until you are certain of the cause of the
sores and are no longer at risk of spreading it to others.
Could anything else cause my vaginal blisters?
In some cases, other diseases and infections can cause
blisters and lesions around the vaginal region.
But only testing can alert you to the actual cause. Below are a few other possibilities
outside of the realm of STDs.
Atopic dermatitis —
skin that becomes red, sore, or inflamed after contact with
perfumes, detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches.
Cysts or abscesses of the Bartholin's or other glands.