Itching anywhere on the body can cause extreme discomfort. But when itching occurs in an area as sensitive as vagina and vulva, it can be really irritating and uncomfortable. Though occasional vaginal itching is not a cause of concern, persistent itching sometimes can be a sign of something more serious. Here is a list of five potential reasons behind vaginal itching.
Irritants. Exposing the vagina to irritating chemicals can lead to vaginal itching. These irritants can cause itching anywhere in the body including the vagina and vulva. Some of the common irritants include soap, bubble bath, douches, feminine sprays, creams, ointments, detergents, scented toilet papers and fabric softeners.
Skin problems. Some common skin problems including eczema and psoriasis can cause redness and itching in the private parts. Eczema is also called atopic dermatitis and develops in people who have asthma or are allergic. The rash caused is reddish and has scaly texture. Psoriasis is another common skin condition that can cause itchy and red skin on the scalp and joints. The condition can occur in the vagina as well.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD). Unprotected sex can lead to various STDs including chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts, genital herpes and trichomoniasis. All these do not just cause vaginal itching but many other painful symptoms including abnormal growth, green or yellow vaginal discharge or pain while peeing.
Pubic lice. Pubic lice are the tiny, crab like creature that can make you itch like crazy in the vaginal and pubic area. These are usually attached to the pubic hair but can also be attached to the other areas of the body that are densely covered with hair.
Urinary tract infections (UTI). UTI is the bacterial infection that can occur anywhere in your urinary tract including kidneys, urethra, ureters and bladder. UTI can cause pelvic pain, an urgency to pee, pain while urinating and cloudy and foul-smelling urine. If the infection is near your urethra, it can cause severe itching and irritation. Get your appointment with your doctor, if you feel you have the above and do not treat yourself with the OTCs.