Vaginal itching is a fairly common and unpleasant symptom that most women may experience at some point in their life.
There can be many causes of vaginal itching. While most cases tend to give rise to the discomfort for only a short period of time, some rarer causes may result in long-standing, persistent itching which can significantly affect one’s quality of life.
Vaginal yeast infection is the most common cause of vaginal itch.
While yeast infections can be easily treated with antifungal medication and creams, recurrence of the infection is common, and many women will experience more than one episode of candidiasis in their lifetime.
STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomonas, herpes and genital warts can all cause local skin irritation and itching.
Look out for other signs of STIs, which include abnormal vaginal discharge, abnormal bleeding, or pain during sex.
Prompt investigation and treatment of the STI should help to clear up the itching.
The skin in the vaginal area is also highly sensitive, and exposure to skin irritants can result in itching.
Treatment involves withdrawal and avoidance of the specific skin irritant. In some cases, short-term use of topical creams may be necessary.
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