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- Tue Aug 02, 2005 11:01 am
I am trying to figure out how or why this is happening to me.
First of all, I do not have sex so I am not sexually active.
I am not overweight
I do not have diabetes
I don't wear wet clothes
I bathe normally with body washes like Zest and this has never happened before
I wear cotton crotch underwear all the time
I don't have abdominal pain/cramping/vomiting
I don't use tampons
Okay, so being scared to go to the doctor because I have never been to a gynocologist before ever in my life, I kind of don't beleive in them, but maybe I am not sure. I am 22 years old. This has happened for a week and 3 days. Before my period it was there one day and then during I did not feel it, then now my period has been over for 3 days and it is still here.
So is there anything that I can try to alleviate the itch and burn? I am trying not to scratch, but that i hard to do. I am using Summer's Eve Medicated vaginal powder to help alleviate it temporarily. What else can I do?
| Dr. Tamer Fouad
- Tue Jan 10, 2006 3:19 pm
Vulvovaginal itching generally is not a normal finding in healthy women. Itching is usually most noticeable with a yeast infection, though it may occur with any type of infection or irritation. An irritated vaginal lining, which may be particularly itchy or painful during intercourse, is usually a more prominent symptom of atrophic vaginitis (such as occurs in postmenopausal women). Pain and itching when urinating may occur in trichomoniasis. Other dermatologic conditions (eg, lichen sclerosis and, rarely, vulvar cancer) should also be considered, especially in the absence of candidal infection.
Usually a gynecologist will be able to tell by clinical examination and colposcopy what the problem is. If there is evidence of vaginal irritation this may be a manifestation of contact or allergic vaginitis. If on examination there is an a focal area of abnormal tisse a biopsy may be required.
1. Haefner HK. Current evaluation and management of vulvovaginitis. Clin Obstet Gynecol 1999;42:184-95.
2. Reilly BM. Practical strategies in outpatient medicine. 2d ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1991:1016-46.