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Causes of vaginal irritation

Vaginal irritation and discomfort is common symptom of many different conditions. Some of these conditions are harmless (yet annoying), while others are serious infections. Here are some possible causes of vaginal irritation:

  • Sexually transmitted diseases: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, genital herpes, genital warts
  • Vaginal yeast infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Vaginal dryness due to menopause
  • Chemical irritants (soap, detergents, etc.)

Additional symptoms with vaginal irritation

Vaginal irritation may be accompanied by other symptoms including the following:

  • Skin rash
  • Blisters, sores or warts
  • Unusual discharge with or without odor
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pain or burning upon urination
  • Pain during sex

Diagnosing causes of vaginal irritation

Since vaginal irritation is a known STD symptom, STD testing is highly recommended. Left untreated, STDs can cause serious reproductive complications. Gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and chlamydia testing is recommended when experiencing genital irritation.  If vaginal irritation is present with a rash, blisters, warts or skin irritation, a test for genital herpes is advised. A doctor can perform a visual exam for genital warts.

If STD tests return negative, a doctor can determine other causes of vaginal irritation and discomfort.

Treating causes of vaginal irritation

Treatment for vaginal irritation depends on the cause. Fortunately, the majority of vaginal irritation causes are easily cured. STDs gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis can all be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes can be successfully managed with antiviral medications like acyclovir, whereas a doctor can remove genital warts.

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