Vestibular Papillae: Itchy, Burning Bumps Inside Female Genitals
Vestibular Papillae is an anatomical type of vestibular mucosa also known as Vestibular Papillomatosis.
It’s also a cutaneous condition of the vulva, characterized by pink, asymptomatic, fine projections of the vestibular epithelium or labia minora. It is the female equivalent to hirsuties coronae glandis. It is often thought to be human papillomavirus (HPV), but several studies have disproved this; the condition is not viral, and is not sexually transmitted (not an STD).
What Vestibular Papillae looks like?
These small growths occur generally on the vestibular aspect of the labia minora. Linear rows of pink or lesh colored, tiny bumps. Smooth or filiform papules symmetrically distributed on the inner surface of both labia minora
Is Vestibular Papillae transmittable?
This genital condition is not contagious
Is Vestibular Papillae a disease?
This is not a disease, they are normal in the time of period between menarche and menopause frequencies of occurrence differ considerably from 1% to more than 5% due to variety of interrelated genetic environmental factors influencing the reproductive system development.
Symptoms of Vestibular Papillae
Most women have no symptoms with the growth, however, some complain of itching, stinging, burning, and pain where the growths appear
How to find out if it is an HPV, Genital Warts or Vestibular Papillae?
Acetic acid test: By applying a small amount of vinegar in the affected area. It may burn a little.
White demarcations on the skin- May be genital Warts or HPV
Colour does not change and stays the same colour as the vaginal skin – It’s Vestibular Papillae.
Genital Warts –firm in texture and pink, red and white in colour. It appears in random, cauliflower shape.
Vestibular Papillae – are the same colour as nearby mucosal tissue and soft in texture. It appears in a symmetrical configuration and usually arranged in lines.
Vestibular Papillae Treatment
If it doesn’t bother you, you will be asked by the doctor to observe the condition first. However, for patients who are self-conscious, they would recommend acid treatments to burn the papules. It is done by the doctor himself and may cause mild discomfort. The procedure will be repeated until the papules are all gone.
There’s also a candida crusher you can use. It’s a permanent yeast infection solution by Dr. Eric Bakker.
Application of podophyllin and podofilox are topical solutions. This are usually given with a prescription. The doctor will apply the first treatment then you can do the rest at home.