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Why the clitoris is swollen and painful?

My clitoris is swollen very painful. It seemed like I had a cyst or something pop then it oozes. Its the 2nd time this has happened in the same exact spot. Went to planned parenthood the first time and the lady said it looked like a herpe lesion, but got the std test back and everthing was negative. ..? It worries me and is very painful. I was also diagnosed with gonorrhea over a year ago :-( so embarrassing. One stupid night, such a mistake and lessoned learned. But got treated and retested twice and they said I was all clear. ???
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response

The skin of your vagina, labia and clitoris is much more sensitive than the skin on the rest of your body.

Women can develop skin irritations from soap, laundry detergent or even maxi pads. There is no way to know if your irritation is from the soap you used or from the vibrator itself, but the treatment is the same.

Hydrocortisone cream (1%) is sold as anti-itch cream over the counter and can be used externally on the vulva.

It should reduce the swelling. If the area hurts, putting ice wrapped in a towel to the area should also reduce the swelling.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon

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