A Bartholin’s abscess can occur when one of the Bartholin’s glands, located on either side of the opening of the vagina, becomes infected and develops pus, that forms a lump or swelling. The symptoms include pain when walking, sitting, or having sexual intercourse is a common symptom.
HOW IS BARTHOLIN ABSCESS DIAGNOSED?
A physical examination by a general physician or a gynecologist can be conducted to find the presence of lumps. Further, the doctor can extract a sample tissue from the area to study the same and find the possibility of an STD. If you are over 40, then the doctor may also perform a biopsy.
HOW IS BARTHOLIN ABSCESS TREATED?
A Sitz bath can be taken at home to treat the early stages of this ailment. The patient will be required to sit in two to three inches of warm water for greater efficacy. Tea tree oil and castor oil can be mixed and applied for better drainage of the cyst at home.
DID YOU KNOW?
Women of the childbearing age are most affected by Bartholin Abscesses, with nearly 2% of women experiencing these at least once in their lifetime.