Boils on Pubic Area: Causes and Treatments

Having boils on your pubic area can be an alarming symptom. In this article, we’ll show you what might be causing it.

To begin, a boil is basically a large infection of the hair follicle. A hair follicle is the opening in the skin where hair grows through.

If bacteria enter a hair follicle, it can lead to an infection, and ultimately, boils. In some cases, this symptom might be caused by furuncles or skin abscesses.

Below, we’ll talk about more common causes as well as potential treatment options.

Staphylococcus Aureus – The Bacteria That Causes Boils on Pubic Area

Boils on Pubic Area

The official name for the bacterium that causes this annoying symptom is staphylococcus aureus.

As the body tries to fight off the infection, it sends millions of white blood cells to the follicle that’s been infected.

This causes a buildup of pus, fluid, and dead tissue. All of this gets collected within the follicle, eventually forming a boil.

The hallmark of this symptom is that the surrounding tissue will become painful and inflamed.

Bottom Line: The staphylococcus aureus bacteria is that causes boils to occur in the vaginal area.

Poor Hygiene, Weakened Immune Systems, and More

As you can imagine, there are several other reasons for why you’re experiencing boils on your pubic area. One cause is poor hygiene.

By not taking care of your body, you make it easier for bacteria to thrive on the surface of your skin. Additionally, weakened immune systems can make you susceptible to boils.


Do you have HIV? Have you been drinking excessive alcohol? Are you sleep deprived? If you answered “Yes” to any of these, they could be the cause.

As the boil develops, it induces swelling and creates a reddened lump that’s quite painful.

Be careful- boils have been known to lead to serious complications. One example is septicemia.

Bottom Line: Poor hygiene and/or a weakens immune system can make you more susceptible to boils.

Making a Diagnosis


Determining the root cause of your boils on your pubic area isn’t always easy.

Your doctor will start by going through your medical history and doing a physical examination. A popular test is the culture and sensitivity (C and S) test.

With this test, the doctor will take a sample from the boil and send it to a laboratory where a team of specialists will determine the bacteria responsible for your symptoms.

Once the doctor identifies the bacteria responsible, they can prescribe you the proper antibiotics.

Once on antibiotics, you should begin to see your symptoms clear up within a few days to a week. Recovery time depends on your age and current health status.

Bottom Line: With the help of antibiotics, your symptoms should begin to go away within a few days to a week.

Taking a Complete Blood Count

As we mentioned, septicemia is a potential complication to this symptom. If a boil has led to a complication, then your doctor will give you a CBC (complete blood count).

A CBC is a special type of blood test that measures various components of your blood to help a doctor make a diagnosis.

This includes white blood cells. This is because different white blood cells cause inflammation in a slightly different way.

Bottom Line: A complete blood count (CBC) will help doctors determine what might be causing your boils.

Vaginal Boils – What Causes Them? 

Vaginal Boils

If you’re a woman with boils on your pubic area, there’s no doubt that it can be uncomfortable living day to day.

After all, this is such a sensitive area. Keep in mind that vaginal boils aren’t that uncommon. A lot of women suffer from them.

One common cause is ingrown hairs. If you’re a woman who shaves your pubic area, then it’s possible that an ingrown hair has led to the development of boils.

If this is the cause, and your boils are chronic, then you may want to consider not shaving your pubic area.

Bottom Line: Most of the time, this symptom is caused by having. Specifically, shaving against the hair follicles rather than with.

How to Prevent Vaginal Boils

As you know, ingrown hairs are a common culprit behind vaginal boils. So if you can avoid getting ingrown hairs, your symptoms should begin to go away.

If you’re going to shave your pubic area, then do it in the bath or shower when your hair is wet. Then use a sharp razor and cut your hair in the direction of the hair follicles.

If you cut against the hair growth, then you’re at a higher risk of developing boils.

Bottom Line: An effective way to reduce vaginal boils is to cut in the direction of your hair follicles.

How to Treat a Vaginal Boil

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do to make a boil go away once it’s happened. However, there are ways to alleviate your symptoms.

If your boils on your pubic area are becoming painful, apply warm compression to the affected area.

This will help speed up the healing process. We understand that you can’t place warm compression inside your vagina, so this technique will only work on boils located in the surrounding area.

If you have one inside your vagina, then try soaking in a warm bath. This might provide you with some temporary relief.

Under no circumstance should you ever try to lance, pop, or squeeze your boil.

Not only does this not work, but it can actually make you prone to a more serious infection. Also, trying to do this will spread the infection even further.

If you leave your boil alone, it will more than likely go away within a week or two without you having to do anything. If you’re having intense pain, then any OTC pain medication may be able to help you get by.

Don’t Be Embarrassed – See a Doctor

Worried to See Doctor

Believe it or not, having boils on pubic area is a very common symptom that affects woman all over the world.

Don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to see a doctor. That’s their job and they see it more often than you think.

The doctor will most likely just tell you to take better care of your body and use better hygiene.

It’s better to see a specialist (gynecologist) from the start regarding your vaginal boil since your primary care doctor will probably refer you here.

Bottom Line: Vaginal boils are very common so don’t be embarrassed about seeing a doctor about them.

Getting a Boil Lanced (Cut)

If antibiotics don’t work and the boil isn’t going away, you might need to get it lanced. Don’t worry- it’s not painful since you’re given local anesthetic.

However, keep in mind that the lanced area might be sensitive for the next week or so.

Usually this is a last-ditch approach when all other treatment options aren’t working.

Bottom Line: If the boils don’t go away on their own, your doctor may opt to get them laced (cut).

Give Boil Ease a Try

Boil Ease is an ointment that can be used to help you experience temporary pain relief from your boils on pubic area.

It won’t heal your boil- it simply provides pain relief. Make sure to combine this with warm compression and/or warm baths for even greater pain relief.

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  • I’m 32m and keep getting these eversince I started shaving my groin area. I usually trim the hair in that area but the boils keep coming and lately they are deep under the skin boils. Is this something alarming? I showed it to my gp and he suggested it to be sebaceous gland swelling due to ingrown hair. But I’m not certain if that is the case the boils keep appearing in different areas of the groin, the area is limited though? Any advice?

    • I’m not having the same issue. I have 4 right now.went to the doctor.She gave me antibiotics and told me to wash with hibicleanse 3 times a week..sold at Wal-Mart by the first aide stuff…I stopped shaving..but I go to the gym and I think its the friction of my clothes working out.

    • I had my first boil when I was 18, and was diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa when I was 20 (2 years for a proper diagnosis!!! I’m SO grateful that I finally found a Dr that didn’t brush it off). It usually shows up during early adulthood, if that’s when yours started, HS could be the cause of your recurring boils. It’s a skin disease and has absolutely nothing to do with poor hygiene. The advice that I was given, is avoid thick or tight clothing, especially jeans, avoid sweating as much as possible, don’t shave your pubic area, and see a Dr. for recurring boils as HS comes with a high risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer.I hope the author makes some changes in this article that include information about HS.

  • Hi All! I just wanted to quickly share a solution that worked wonders for me. I purchased “Smile’s Prid” from my local Walgreens and it considerably reduced the size and pain of my boil within 48 hours. It works on boils, cysts and ingrown hairs. It only cost about $8. It is a natural drawing salve….the holy grail for all things inflamed and painful. Happy Healing!

  • Its kinda comforting seeing you ladies tell your stories. I feel embarrassed that i get them and it worries me. I started getting them about a year ago. Im in my early 20s, i have great hygiene, eat clean and dont wear super tight clothing. Howvever i think shaving makes me more prone to getting a boil on my pubic area so im going to stop shaving and possibly try getting waxes instead.

    • Hey Nick. I had to stop shaving because every time I shaved I got a boil. Now I get a professional waxing and the only time I get a boil is when I don’t get a waxing appointment for awhile.

    • I heard waxing increases the chance of getting them. I used to get them a lot but I find that shaving with a disposable razor and throwing it away after one shave helps a lot. So I buy the bic two blade ones and only use them once. Then I exfoliate with an acne scrub and it help SO MUCH. I hardly get them now.

  • I’m just getting over a yeast infection I’ve had now for 3months.As it drew near of ending all of a sudden my pube area is covered in red boils that have nothing inside them.Why is this? Thanks

  • I have had the same boil on the left side of my down there area for months now.. it won’t seem to go way, it pops and then just hurts I’ve tried to put a bandaid over it and I’ve also tried vasalen over it nothing helps what should I do

    • Hot compress as often as possible to keep it drained after it’s popped. Maintain a layer of antibiotic cream for a week or so. After the healing, try using clearasil wipes in the bikini line to get a deeper clean daily between showers

  • I get these at least once a year. A coworker suggested waxing instead of shaving …..has any ladies out these still got these boil things after waxing????

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