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Question: Infection or just Irritation?

 jillysu - Sun Dec 09, 2007 12:38 pm

For about 2 weeks or so, I've been experiencing vulval itching, which has lately turned into irritation that stings with contact. The skin feels dry and when especially irritated can spot some (very minimal) blood. I usually have a somewhat heavy discharge, but on two instances when this first started the discharge was pinkish. It doesn't have any odor, though.

I became sexually active about four months ago (with my very trustworthy boyfriend who hasn't been with anyone else in 3+ years, and always with a condom, so I'm reluctant to think it is any kind of STD). I was also recently on Amoxicillin, so I am wondering if maybe this is due to an imbalance of the normal flora... I have never had any problems like this before, though.

I would rather not have to go to a doctor about this, but of course if I'm told it's dire I will... any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated!
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:00 pm

User avatar My suspicion would be yeast infection since the normal flora has been disturbed by antibiotics. This can be treated with a topical antifungal cream used as directed on the package. Results are quite rapid if this is the actual problem so if it continues for days, you should have it checked out to see if it is something else.

Good luck.

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