STD bumps: What they look like & what they mean

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STD bumps:  What they look like & what they mean

Written by Hannah Kingston on March 22,  2021 - Updated on August 25, 2021. 

STD bumps. How are they different to other bodily bumps? We tell you what to look out for when it comes to the lumps and bumps that could be associated with sexually transmitted infections as opposed to a simple irritation of the skin.

STD bumps: What do they look like & what do they mean?

STD bumps may be described as the lumps and/or bumps that are caused by a sexually transmitted disease. STD bumps may appear around the mouth, vagina, penis or anus. STD bumps may also appear on other parts of the body where intimate or sexual contact has taken place. 

Let’s talk through what to look out for when it comes to the lumps and bumps that could be associated with sexually transmitted infections as opposed to a simple irritation of the skin. 

What causes STD bumps?

Some of the most common sexually transmitted diseases which may lead to STD bumps include: 

  • HPV
  • Chlamydia 
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes 
  • Scabies 
  • Pubic lice 

In a previous article, we spoke about STD rashes and what to look out for if you are concerned about a rash, lump or bump.

Lumps, bumps and rashes in and around the genitals can understandably be a cause for concern, but try to remain calm. Sometimes a lump or bump can simply be caused by a shaving rash, heat rash, friction rash or ill-fitting underwear. 

A bump or lump is not always an STD bump. On the other hand, it’s important to know what each lump and bump could mean. 

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HPV

HPV can lead to genital warts. The bumps are often soft and fleshy and may resemble small cauliflower. 

Chlamydia 

Though chlamydia usually does not have any symptoms, it may lead to lumps and bumps on the penis, vagina and/or anus. 

Syphilis

In the primary stage of syphilis, a sore called a chancre can appear on the skin, either around the genitals or on other parts of the body. 

In the secondary stage of syphilis, a rash may form on the body, it can be lumpy and/or bumpy, and reddish brown in colour. 

Herpes 

Herpes bumps may resemble small fluid filled blisters around the mouth or in and around the genitals. 

Scabies 

Scabies bumps and/or lumps can be white, pink or red in colour. They can affect all parts of the body. 

Pubic lice 

The itching from pubic life can lead to red lumps and bumps in and around the genitals. 

Do STD bumps go away on their own? 

STD bumps need to be treated as soon as possible. If you notice STD lumps and/or bumps, ensure that you get tested as soon as you can. 

As mentioned, in a previous article, STD treatment | Can you cure an STD without going to the doctor?, viral STDs can not be cured, but can be managed. Other STDs that may have lead to lumps and/or bumps, can easily be treated in most cases.

If you notice lumps or bumps shortly after having unprotected sex, ensure that you get tested as soon as you can. 

Find out the 5 Best At-Home STD Test Kits in 2021.

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Should I burst STD bumps? 

You should not burst STD bumps. If you notice lumps or bumps around your mouth or genitals, do not touch them. 

Bursting STD bumps or lumps could lead to further complications including the lumps or bumps spreading further, a longer healing period and/or pain or discomfort. 

If you notice lumps or bumps, do not touch them. Wait until you have gotten tested and have received a diagnosis. 

What should I do if I have bumps or lumps around my mouth or genitals? 

If you have lumps or bumps around your mouth or genitals, get tested as soon as possible

Once you have received a diagnosis, you have the best course of action for how to treat your STD lumps and bumps. 

FAQs

Can chlamydia cause bumps?

Chlamydia can lead to lumps and bumps on the penis and/or vagina though it is quite rare. In most causes chlamydia is asymptomatic. 

What STD looks like a pimple? 

Herpes Simplex I and II can look like a pimple when it appears around the mouth and/or the nose. The small blister-like appearance can look similar to a pimple. 

What STDs cause bumps? 

The following STDs can cause bumps: 

  • HPV
  • Chlamydia 
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes 
  • Scabies 
  • Pubic lice 

How do you get rid of STD bumps? 

The type of STD you have will determine your treatment plan. Read: STD Treatment | Can you cure an STD without going to the doctors? 

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