Why do you have vaginal itching ?
There are several potential causes of vaginal itching, including:
- Yeast infections: Yeast infections, caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida, are a common cause of vaginal itching. Other symptoms may include a white, clumpy discharge and burning during urination.
- Bacterial vaginosis: Bacterial vaginosis is a condition caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. Symptoms may include itching, a fishy odor, and a thin, grayish-white discharge.
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis can cause vaginal itching, as well as other symptoms such as discharge, pain during sex, and burning during urination.
- Allergic reactions: Allergic reactions to products such as soaps, detergents, or feminine hygiene products can cause vaginal itching.
- Skin conditions: Certain skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis can cause vaginal itching.
- Menopause: The hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause vaginal dryness and itching.
What can you do about it ?
There are several derma-based treatments that can help to relieve vaginal itching:
- Prescription antifungal medications: If over-the-counter creams are not effective, a healthcare provider may prescribe stronger antifungal medications.
- Antibiotics: If the itching is caused by bacterial vaginosis or a sexually transmitted infection, a healthcare provider may prescribe antibiotics.
- Safe moisturizers
- Hormone therapy: In postmenopausal women, hormone therapy may be recommended to address vaginal dryness and itching.
It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before using any of these treatments, as they may not be appropriate for everyone and may have potential side effects