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Whiteheads on the clitoris: causes and treatment

by Alivia Nyhan
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Whiteheads on the clitoris

Logically, you feel concerned because any injury in the genital area and more in the most sensitive area is not something we commonly see. White spots near the clitoris and on the clitoris itself can be due to different problems: infections, drug reactions, inflammatory diseases, and even the dreaded tumors can start this way.

We invite you to discover why whiteheads appear on the clitoris and how to treat them in this interesting article by FastlyHeal.


Among the infections that can cause the appearance of whiteheads on the clitoris, we find:


It is a fairly contagious staph infection that usually occurs in young children but also in cases of humidity, trauma, or poor hygiene.

It appears as small blisters that, when broken, give rise to yellowish-white crusts.

The necessary treatment is with antibiotics and local cleaning.

Fungus in the vagina

It is a fairly common infection caused by candida. It can affect the entire genital area up to the anus and even the vaginal area. It presents as reddened areas with whitish patches and ulcerated lesions. You can feel:

  • Itch.
  • Ardor.
  • Discomfort during or after sexual intercourse.

What to do?

Depending on the case, treatment usually includes a local antifungal, both in cream and in vaginal ovules. In recurrent infections, treatment by mouth and for a longer time may be required.

Extremely useful and proven is the suppression of flours and white sugar and other processed, excess dairy and meats.

For more information, see the article Vaginal candidiasis: symptoms, treatment and prevention .

HPV infection

The human papilloma virus (HPV) can be latent for a long time. And it appears in the genital area as whitish plaques, ulcerations, or warts, both in the internal area (cervix) and in the external area.

The most common route of infection is unprotected sex.

What to do?

Depending on the type of lesions present, laser treatment, cryotherapy or excision of the lesion by microsurgery can be performed.

Clitoris abscess

It is an infected lesion with an accumulation of pus. It is not frequent and is usually the consequence of trauma or mutilation. It can be presented before the so-called female circumcision since they are usually done violently and without adequate hygienic conditions.

What to do?

In case of an abscess, it must be opened to achieve the exit of purulent material. In addition, local cures, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatories are usually prescribed (due to the great pain caused by this type of injury).


The vitiligo is an inflammatory skin disease of unknown cause, in which the skin depigmentation (clearance thereof) patches can manifest as white spots occur.

It can appear in different areas of the skin, including the genital area. The surrounding skin that is not affected usually looks normal. A biopsy may be required for diagnosis.


Typical treatments include corticosteroids and the calcineurin inhibitor (tacrolimus). Improving digestion and habits can improve, although it is a chronic disease that can often get worse.

Lichen sclerosus

It is a rare disorder that causes white patches and thinning of the skin. It frequently affects the genitals (including the clitoris) and the anal area but can affect any body area.

In addition, other symptoms may occur, such as:

  • Itch.
  • Burning, pain.
  • Redness of the area.
  • Raised reddish spots.
  • Blisters
  • Ulcers.
  • Bleeding
  • Pain in sexual intercourse.


The reason why these types of lesions appear is unknown. Treatments aim to reduce discomfort and injury, for which corticosteroid creams are often used. Prolonged use of this type of medication is not recommended, but its application may be indicated a couple of times a week for several weeks.

These types of chronic diseases are usually closely linked to habits. That is why healthy eating, adequate rest, exercise are advantageous to improve them.

Among the home remedies that are recommended are:

  • Wash the intimate area with neutral soaps and dry gently.
  • Avoid wearing irritating underwear (very synthetic).
  • Apply cold compresses to relieve burning and pain.
  • Applying oatmeal water can also help ease discomfort.

Abnormal growths

Although they are not very common, the following abnormal growths can also manifest as white spots or lesions:

Epidermal cyst

It is an abnormal tissue growth in the outermost area of ​​the skin. It is scarce and even rarer for appearing on the clitoris, but it is a possibility.

It has a slow growth, and it can start as a simple raising of the skin.

Inclusion cyst

It is the appearance of an injury but originating in a slightly deeper area. Inclusion cyst can present secondary to trauma. And cases of female genital mutilation have also reported its appearance.


It is rarer still, but it must also be taken into account, primarily due to the severity of the picture. These are lesions that can start as spots that grow and give symptoms such as burning, pain, and bleeding.

It can be confused with other problems in the early stages, such as an infection, so it should be suspected in cases where the expected resolution does not occur.

Faced with injuries that grow and do not heal, it is vital to go to medical consultation. A professional may investigate the cause by asking you questions, reviewing you, and requesting a biopsy or studies when necessary.

Usually, removing the lesion is enough to end the problem. It may require more intensive treatment with medication or radiation therapy, but rare in some cases.

Some drugs

It has been described, that the treatment of genital warts with Imiquimod can cause the appearance of patches of skin with whitish coloration (hypopigmentation), similar to what occurs in cases of vitiligo.

This medication is often used to treat warty skin lesions or cancerous lesions, and this patchy lightening effect has been found to be most pronounced on the genitals. Those who have reported these cases report not having found a way for the skin to return to its normal color.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any condition or discomfort.

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