Vaginal Itching, Burning, and Irritation

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Vaginal Itching, Burning, and Irritation

Itching or irritation anywhere on the body can cause discomfort. But when it occurs in an area as sensitive as the vagina, it can be especially uncomfortable. Most genital itching and irritation isn't a major concern. But because they can be symptoms of an infection, it's always a good idea to call your doctor if you have any discomfort in that area.

There are several common causes of vaginal itching, burning, and irritation, including:

Bacterial vaginosis .
It's normal to have a healthy mix of bacteria in the vagina. But the wrong bacteria growing there can lead to an infection. Besides itching, other symptoms that come with bacterial vaginosis are inflammation, burning, discharge, and a fishy-smelling odor.

Sexually transmitted disease (STDs).
Chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, trichomoniasis, and gonorrhea all can cause vaginal itching and irritation and other symptoms.

Yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis).
About three out of every four women will develop a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Yeast infections occur when the yeast, candida, grows excessively in the vagina and vulva. Pregnancy, intercourse, antibiotics, and a weakened immune system can all make women more likely to get a yeast infection. In addition to irritation, a yeast infection will produce a thick, white, cheesy discharge.

Menopause.
The drop in estrogen production that occurs at the end of a woman's reproductive years can cause the vaginal walls to thin and dry out. This can lead to itching and irritation. Thinning of the vaginal walls is also a problem in some women who breastfeed.

Chemical irritants.
A number of chemical substances, including creams, douches, condoms, contraceptive foams, detergents, soaps, scented toilet paper, and fabric softeners can irritate the vagina.

Lichen sclerosis .
This is a rare condition that causes thin white patches to form on the skin, especially around the vulva. The patches can permanently scar the vaginal area.

Postmenopausal women are most likely to develop this condition.


Here are a few tips for preventing and treating vaginal irritation at home:

Avoid scented pads or toilet paper, creams, bubble bath, feminine sprays, and douches.

Use water and a plain, unscented soap to regularly clean your genital area. But don't wash more than once a day. Doing so can increase dryness.

Always wipe from front to back after having a bowel movement.

Wear cotton panties (no synthetic fabrics), and change your underwear every day.

Change the diapers of infant girls regularly
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Use condoms during sexual intercourse to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, use a vaginal moisturizer. Apply a water-based lubricant (K-Y, Astroglide) before having sex.

Avoid sexual intercourse until your symptoms improve.

Don't scratch -- you can further irritate the area.

Treatment

Vaginal irritation will often get better on its own. However, if the irritation continues, is severe, or comes back after treatment, call for an appointment with your doctor. The doctor can do a pelvic exam. The doctor will probably also take a sample of the discharge to find the source of the problem.

Vaginosis and STDs are treated with antibiotics.

Yeast infections are treated with antifungal medications. They are inserted into the vagina in the form of creams, ointments, or suppositories, or they are taken orally. You can buy these medications over the counter in different doses -- one-day, three-day, seven-day. However, if you've never been diagnosed with a yeast infection, see your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medication.

Menopause-related itching may be treated with estrogen cream or tablets.

Other types of itching and irritation respond to steroid creams or lotions, which reduce inflammation. A prescription-strength steroid cream can relieve the irritation of lichen sclerosis.

In young girls, it's important to report any itching, burning, or irritation to a healthcare provider because these symptoms can be signs of sexual abuse.
 

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useful information.....
thanks 4 sharing viji.....
 

anitha.sankar

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hi viji,
romba mukiyamana visayam idhu... ella pengalum therinjukka vendiya visayamum kooda.... pagirndhadharku nandri...
 
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Thank you Viji for the very important information.

What is the cause for blisters in the vaginal area? How can they be avoided?
 

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fungal infection, and themal(white patches in the skin)how to solve this what is the difference between both. pl explain with remedies.



thanks
 

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