Vaginal itching is one of the most common feminine issues faced by women in post-menopause stage as well as girls approaching puberty. There are many different causes of vaginal itching, read on to learn more about them.
Most women will experience vaginal itch at some point in their lives. The causes of vaginal itch are numerous, and while the majority of cases result in temporary pain, some rarer causes can result in long-term, chronic itching, which can have a substantial impact on one’s quality of life.
Vaginal itch can be caused by vaginal exposure to irritating chemicals. These irritants may cause an allergic reaction, resulting in an itchy rash that spreads throughout the body, including the vaginal area. Among the most common chemical irritants are:
If you have diabetes or urinary incontinence, your urine may irritate and cause your vaginal area to itch.
Eczema and psoriasis are two skin illnesses that can cause redness and itching in the vaginal area.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a rash that affects people who suffer from asthma or allergies. The rash is crimson and scaly in appearance. For some, eczema can spread to the vaginal area.
Psoriasis is a widespread skin ailment that results in scaly, itchy, red spots on the scalp and joints. These symptoms can also appear in the vaginal area at times.
Yeast is a naturally occurring fungus that is found in the vaginal canal. It normally doesn’t cause any difficulties, but if it is left untreated, it can lead to an unpleasant infection.
Vaginal yeast infection is a name for this type of infection. According to a study, it affects three out of every four women at some point in their life.
Antibiotics can kill both healthy and bad bacteria, which is why infections frequently occur after taking a course of antibiotics. The beneficial bacteria are required to control yeast development.
Itching, burning, and lumpy, cottage cheese-like discharge are all indications of yeast overgrowth in the vaginal area.
Another prevalent cause of vaginal itching is bacterial vaginosis (BV).
BV is caused by an imbalance of naturally occurring good and bad bacteria in the vaginal canal, similar to a vaginal yeast infection.
Symptoms aren’t always present while the ailment is present. Vaginal itch, coupled with an odd, foul-smelling discharge are common symptoms. Discharge could also be thin, dull grey or white, and foamy in some circumstances.
Several STDs can be spread via unprotected sexual contact, causing vaginal irritation. These are some of them:
Additional symptoms of these disorders include abnormal growths, green or yellow vaginal discharge, and pain during urination.
Vaginal itching is more common in women who are going through or have already gone through menopause.
This is due to a decrease in estrogen levels during menopause, which causes vaginal shrinkage. This is a mucosal thinning that can cause extreme dryness. If you don’t seek treatment for the dryness, it might create itching and irritation.
Vaginal itching and irritation can be caused by physical and emotional stress, though this isn’t particularly common. It could happen if your immune system is weakened by stress, making you more susceptible to infections that cause itching.
This is the rarest cause of Vaginal Itching. This cancer starts in the vulva, which is the exterior region of a woman’s genitals. The inner and outer lips of the vagina, the clitoris, and the vaginal aperture are all included.
Symptoms of vulvar cancer are not always present. Itching, irregular bleeding, or soreness in the vulvar area are some of the symptoms that might develop.
If your doctor discovers vulvar cancer early on, it can be successfully treated. It is thus recommended to see a gynaecologist every year for early detection.
If your vaginal itch is severe enough to interrupt your everyday life or sleep, you should consult your doctor. Although the majority of cases aren’t life-threatening, several therapies can help relieve the pain of vaginal itching.
If your vaginal itching lasts longer than a week or occurs in conjunction with any of the following symptoms, you should see a doctor:
Your doctor will inquire about your symptoms, including the severity and duration of your symptoms. They may also inquire about your sexual habits. A pelvic examination will almost certainly be required.
Your doctor will visually evaluate the vulva and may use a speculum to see inside the vagina during a pelvic examination. They may apply pressure to your abdomen while slipping a gloved finger into your vaginal opening. This permits them to look for any abnormalities in the reproductive organs.
A sample of skin tissue from your vulva or a sample of your discharge may also be taken for analysis by your doctor. Blood or urine tests may be ordered by your doctor.
There are various treatment options available for vaginal itch: medical treatments and home treatments.
Here are some tips to prevent vaginal itching:
Vaginal Itching can be an uncomfortable experience. There are many different causes and the only way to ascertain it is by a medical professional. In most cases, Vaginal Itching is treatable with medication and home care. Preventive measures may also be taken to prevent future occurrences of vaginal itching. At SOG, our team of highly experienced gynaecologists are ready to assist you along the way.
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