Vaginal itching

Vaginal itching
Vaginal itching

Vaginal itching

Overview

  • Vaginal itching may involve the area containing the external genitalia (vulva) as well as the vagina.
  • Many women have occasional vaginal itching that resolves without treatment.
  • Itching is considered a problem only when it is persistent, severe and/or recurs.
  • Vaginal itching may result from irritation by chemicals found commonly in laundry detergents, fabric softeners, soaps, bubble baths, synthetic fibers, feminine hygiene sprays, perfumes, menstrual pads, toilet tissues, fabric dyes, douches, vaginal creams and contraceptive foams.
  • Vaginal itching may result from an infection such as bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis or trichomoniasis.
  • Vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes at menopause may also contribute to vaginal itching.
  • Skin disorders like psoriasis or lichen sclerosus are also known to cause vaginal itching.
  • Lichen sclerosus is characterized by thin white patches that develop around the opening of vagina. Lichen sclerosus, if left untreated, can cause scarring and may increase the risk of cancer. Treatment of lichen sclerosus includes a cream or ointment containing a high dose of a corticosteroid like clobetasol.
  • Itching may be accompanied by a discharge.
  • If itching persists or is accompanied by a vaginal discharge that looks or smells abnormal, a woman should consider seeing her doctor.

Top 10 common causes of vaginal itching

  • Vulvovaginitis
    • Vulvovaginitis is the infection of vulva and vagina.
    • Itching, discomforts while urinating and increased vaginal discharge are some of the symptoms.
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    • These infections cause irritation, itching, swelling, and discharge.
    • Most women will get an infection at least once in their life.
  • Trichomoniasis
    • Trichomoniasis, also known as ‘trich’ is a sexually transmitted infection.
    • This infection is common and treatable.
  • Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis
    • Postmenopausal atrophic vaginitis usually occurs after menopause.
    • It can lead to increased vaginal discharge and makes the intercourse painful.
  • Genital warts
    • These are soft growths that occur on genitals.
    • This is a sexually transmitted infection caused by certain strains of HPV.
  • Urethritis
    • Urethritis is a condition in which urethra becomes inflamed and irritated.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
    • Generalized anxiety disorder is different from normal feelings of anxiousness.
    • People suffering from this disorder worry uncontrollably about common occurrences and situations.
  • Vulvar cancer
    • As the name suggests, this is the cancer of the vulva or female’s external genitalia.
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
    • This is an auto immune disorder that primarily affects the salivary glands and lacrimal glands.