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Vaginal Itching Treatment

Vaginal itching can be caused by many things. While some vaginal itching can be treated by over the counter medications and ointments, some require medical attention. To learn about vaginal itching and the available treatments, take a look below at the questions that have been answered by Experts.

What causes vaginal irritation with swelling and discharge?

To be 100% positive of the cause of these symptoms, one would need to have an examination done and a few tests taken. However, many times, symptoms such as these are caused by a yeast infection which generally affects the vagina and the vulvar region. If the problem is a yeast infection, usually, the woman can get a prescription of Diflucan.

Another medicine that may work is a Hydrocortisone cream but only on the outer area of the vagina. This cream will lessen the itching sensation. If hydrocortisone isn't an option, Desitin is a barrier cream that works well but is rather messy. It is usually used in instances where the rash has spread to the buttocks similar to a diaper rash.

It is also important for the woman to wear loose underwear and keep the vagina as dry as possible. This will help bring down the moisture in the vaginal environment that encourages a yeast infection to thrive.

What can cause severe itching with a rash that has spread from outside the vagina to the abdomen on a 65 yr old woman?

Case studies: Tested negative for a yeast infection. Currently using Premarin cream and Clobetasol Propionate

In this case, a fungal infection could be the cause of the severe itching and rash on the outer area of the vagina. This is also true if the rash has spread towards the abdomen away from the vaginal area.

Fungal infections are usually common in women who have passed through menopause as there is a lack of estrogen that typically protects the skin cells. Usually, Lotrimin ointment works very well for fungal infections. This medicine is available Over-The-Counter and should be applied twice a day. Lotrimin is also available to use in a powder form which helps to keep the vaginal area free of moisture. In addition, the use of Premarin cream and Clobetasol Propionate can be continued.

If the rash hasn't cleared in 3 days, a visit to the doctor may be in order for a stronger prescription medication.

What causes itchy skin around the vagina in between periods?

There could be several reasons for this that range from urticaria and psoriasis to vitamin deficiencies, allergies, diabetes or threadworms. Dermatitis is another possibility that will usually flare up when brought into contact with irritants such as detergents, feminine sprays, douches or contraceptive foams/jellies. Another cause could be an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) which may appear months after actual exposure to the infection.

At this stage, it is advisable to get a doctor to examine the problem and possibly test for any STDs. Generally, the best thing to do until one can be seen by a doctor is to avoid anything that may irritate the rash such as sprays, perfumes and douches. Furthermore, it is usually considered best to keep the area dry and avoid scratching. Wearing loose cotton panties also provides some relief from the discomfort.

Are allergies common around the vaginal area in seven year olds?

It is very common for young children to be sensitive to soaps, perfumes, dyes and lotions. In certain cases, if a child has inserted an object into the vaginal canal, redness and irritation may appear. Only a physical examination by a physician can determine if something has been inserted or if the child has been exposed to abuse. However, if the child only experiences itching at night, there is a possibility that she has worms. Another problem worth ruling out is a urinary tract infection.

What causes intense vaginal itching with no discharge or odor?

This could be due to an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) or a vaginal yeast infection that causes severe itching and burning without discharge or odor. In certain situations, a yeast infection also has a discharge but this is not always the case. Some yeast infections only have pain/burning and itching. If one has a yeast infection, an Over-The-Counter yeast medicine should help to treat the problem.

One should also avoid irritating the area by itching. In many cases, a cool wash cloth or an ice pack will ease the itch while lying in bed. While wipes may seem like a good option, the majority of wipes contains alcohol and will increase the painful burning so it is advisable to avoid them.

Vaginal itching can be very irritating as well as embarrassing. Many women even suffer from vaginal itching silently due to the embarrassment of speaking to their doctor about treatment options. If you have any questions or concern regarding vaginal itching, direct them to an Expert who can provide medical insights and suggestions based on your case history.
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