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AshleyInABottle
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The last time I went to the gyncologist (for those bumps, Miz Scarlet)...she told me that I have a small sebacious cyst (spelling?)on my vagina. She said it's not to be touched. I have a few questions though... what exactly is a sebacious cyst? Also, how can I avoid touching it, I mean..I do "wipe" myself when I go the bathroom. Help Please!
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Hanne
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Sebaceous cysts = big, kinda deep zits, essentially. Sebaceous glands are the glands near the roots of hairs that produce the oil that helps keep your skin healthy. Some folks are prone to getting sebaceous cysts, and it's very common to get them in skin folds or in areas where there is a lot of friction from clothes or whatever, so getting them on or near your vulva (not your vagina!) is pretty common.

The reason you're not supposed to touch them is so that you don't infect them with bacteria that are on your hands. Wiping yourself when you go to the bathroom is fine.

Using a very hot compress (a very hot washcloth) is also okay, and can help reduce the swelling.

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