What is vaginal itching?
Vaginal itching refers to an uncomfortable and abnormal itching sensation that occurs in or around the vagina.
Non-sexual causes of vaginal itching:
- Yeast infection
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV)
- Lotions or feminine hygiene products
- Allergic reaction to soaps or detergents
- Friction from clothing
- Friction from tampons or feminine pads
Yeast infections comes with a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese. Bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are easily treated with medication. In some cases, the vaginal itching comes from a sexually transmitted disease and is, in most cases, the first symptom of an infection. Getting tested is the only sure way to know the cause of the itching.
STDs that cause vaginal itching?
Also known as trich, trichomoniasis is commonly linked to vaginal itching. This is because the parasite that causes the infection also causes inflammation which leads to itching. Genital herpes, which is mostly caused by HSV-2 is also know to cause itching. During a herpes outbreak, the infection will cause painful lesions which will rupture and cause bumps that will clear on their own. During the healing process, there might be an itching sensation around the vagina.
The only sure way to know what is causing the itching is getting tested. If you are sexually active, you should get tested for different STDs because there are many infections that can cause vaginal itching
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