Vulvar Abscess

ExitCare Image The vulva is made up of the large and small flaps of skin around the vagina opening. A vulvar abscess is an infected sac of yellowish white fluid (pus) in the skin flaps. Your doctor may make a small cut in the skin to drain the vulvar abscess.

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Soak or take a warm water bath (sitz bath) 3 to 4 times a day for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • After you pee (urinate), always wipe from front to back.

  • Clean the vulvar abscess with soap and warm water. Do this after going to the bathroom.

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing.

  • Do not have sex until the vulvar abscess is gone or as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • The vulva area becomes more painful, puffy (swollen), or red.

  • You have fluid coming from the vulva area that is red or tan.

  • You have pain when you pee or have a hard time peeing.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help if you are not doing well or get worse.