What is a Bartholin Abscess?
While Bartholin’s Glands aren’t something you can usually see, if they become inflamed, swollen, or infected, they can actually become problematic, causing health concerns and issues that you will need to be sure are taken care of, especially in severe cases. However, many women may wonder what exactly a Bartholin cyst or Bartholin abscess is – and what they should do in case a problem arises.
What is the Bartholin’s Gland?
The Bartholin’s Glands are small glands that are located at the opening of the vagina, within the soft folds and tissues of the labia. These glands have an essential job: to produce fluids that help lubricate the vagina, such as for during sexual activity. The glands themselves are quite small – the size of a pea or smaller – and unless you come across problems with them, you may not even know they’re there. In fact, it is thought that about two out of ten women will experience issues with these glands.
What Are Bartholin’s Cysts?
Bartholin’s cysts occur when the glands become clogged or blocked. The fluid inside the glands builds up inside them, causing cysts to occur. These hardened cysts can usually be felt if they become big enough, or if they become infected. In some cases, they can continue to build up until infection or swelling occurs, which can bring about pain and vaginal dryness. A Bartholin’s Abscess is what it is called when the cyst becomes infected. Severe, large cysts and abscesses can actually cause the labia to become heavy, tender, and swollen to the point where it starts to droop.
How Are Bartholin’s Cysts Treated?
If a Bartholin’s Cyst is smaller or not infected, there are times in which the condition can be treated at home. A sitz bath, over-the-counter pain reliever, or antibiotics. For very severe cases, surgery may be required. For those that are moderate and can be treated by a medical professional, one of the most common treatments is a CO2 laser treatment.
A CO2 laser treatment for a Bartholin’s Cyst involves a small incision being made in the skin, and then the laser is applied to the cyst to drain and vaporize the abscess before stitching up the incision. This treatment has been hailed to be low on the pain scale and can be ideal when it comes to preventing the condition from occurring again.
If you would like to learn more about a CO2 laser treatment for Bartholin’s Cysts, call the office of Dr. Ghozland today to schedule a consultation to learn more!