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What is vaginal itching?
Vaginal itching is an unpleasant, uncomfortable and occasionally painful sensation experienced by many women.
What are the symptoms of vaginal itching?
Vaginal itching is experienced around the vagina and vulva and may be accompanied by a range of symptoms, depending on the cause. Some common symptoms that may accompany vaginal itching may include: abnormal vaginal discharge that is atypical in …
What causes vaginal itching?
There are many different causes of vaginal itching, some of which are infectious, while others are not. Infectious causes are either bacterial, yeast or parasitic. For example, scabies is an infection that is caused by mites that burrow under the skin, …
Who gets vaginal itching?
Females of any age can potentially experience vaginal itching, but it is a very common and treatable condition. Some risk factors of developing vaginal itching may include: pregnancy, taking oral contraceptive pills, being postmenopausal, taking antibiotics, …
How is vaginal itching diagnosed?
To find the cause of your vaginal itching, your doctor can take your detailed medical history and conduct a physical exam. During the examination, a swab may be taken from the vagina. This swab is used to help identify what, if any, microbial growth is …
How is vaginal itching treated?
The treatment for vaginal itching depends on its cause. For vaginal itching that is caused by an infection, the treatment can include antifungal agents, antibiotics, or topical creams. Treatments for non-infectious causes include avoiding irritants, using …
Can vaginal itching be prevented?
Once the cause of your vaginal itching has been identified, there are some strategies that may help prevent its recurrence. Some ways of reducing your risk of experiencing vaginal itching include: avoiding douching; when going to the bathroom, wiping from …
Will vaginal itching keep coming back?
Vaginal itching may come back after treatment. There are strategies you can adopted to prevent its recurrence, such as: avoiding douching; when going to the bathroom, wiping from front to back to avoid contaminating your vagina with bacteria from …
About this article
Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 22 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Vaginal itching