Aunt Vadge: My masturbating cuts are infected – what should I do?

Hello Aunt Vadge, 

I masturbated pretty aggressively last week and I believe I may have damaged my labia minora and clitoral hood with my nails. It seems as though the cuts were healing and then I had intercourse and they are back at square one. I took a mirror and checked and there are four wounds that appear to be infected? They are small, however look like open wounds with some yellow film over it. They do not hurt but when I touch the areas they definitely feel tender and “open wound” like. 

I do have a picture of the wounds. I am not sure if I should see a doctor as perhaps the infection will not heal on its own. My groin lymph nodes are also tender and a little swollen. 

(Side note, I do not believe it is herpes as I never had any blisters form.) 

Thanks for your assistance.
Tender

Age: 25
Country/Area: USA

Dear Tender,

The most important thing here is to clean your wounds with some antibacterial. If your cuts are infected, you need to uninfect them by killing the bacteria that are causing the infection. This can be done several ways, but some antimicrobial of some sort will do the trick. Be cautious with the sort you apply, since your vulva is delicate, and do not apply any to the inside of the inner labia (minora) mucosa. Only apply to ‘outside’ skin.

Treatment with essential oils
Good antimicrobial essential oils mixture is tea tree combined with lavender (though if you have other essential oils at home, check them online, as many have excellent antimicrobial properties). Mix together five drops of tea tree and five drops of lavender, and using a cotton bud, apply gently to the cuts and just around them. You’ll need to wear underwear you don’t love, since the oils may stain. Reapply four times per day or as you see fit.

Your nails are full of nasties, since they tend to collect everything during the day, so a vigorous masturbation session with cuts is a definite source of infection.

You really need to get on top of this infection, because this is how staph and other more serious infections occur – they get in via and opening in the skin, and can cause much bigger problems.

Write anytime.

Warmest regards,
Aunt Vadge