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Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is bartholin abscess?

Bartholin's glands are small organs in the labia (vaginal lips) that secrete fluid to lubricate the vaginal opening. Occasionally these glands may get blocked, and swell and develop into a cyst. These cysts can sometimes become infected when bacteria invade and overgrow, causing symptoms of pain and swelling, resulting in an abscess. They are rarely caused by sexually transmitted infections (STI's).

Symptoms of bartholin abscess

  • Pain around the vulva or vagina

  • Lumps under the skin

  • Affected area of skin has stinging or tingling

Questions your doctor may ask to check for bartholin abscess

  • Do you have genital pain?

  • Do you have any lumps under your skin?

  • Do you feel any pain or tingling in the affected skin areas?

Treatment for bartholin abscess

A small bartholin's gland cyst that is not causing any pain or discomfort will not typically require treatment. If infected, or causing pain, antibiotics and a minor procedure (I&D - Incision and Drainage) are needed to treat the infection and drain the abscess.

View the symptoms of Bartholin Abscess

  • Vaginal pain

  • Lumps under the skin

References

  • Medscape

    https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/777112-overview

  • National Institute of Health - StatPearls

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532271/

  • ACOG

    https://www.acog.org/education-and-events/simulations/marsupialization-of-bartholin-cyst-and-abscess/module

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Ravi P. Chokshi, MD

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD (Obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN), Critical Care)

Current Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with Dual board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Critical Care Medicine. | 5+ years experience managing a general Ob/Gyn practice and working in the Intensive Care Unit. | Previously Physician Lead of a large single specialty practice with 8 Physicians and 10+ Advanced practitioners. | Member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Patient education committee. | Frequent Medscape Consult contributor.

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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