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Vaginal itching or discomfort can range from mild to severe, but either way, it’s just plain annoying. An itchy vaginal area can be even more aggravating when combined with other symptoms including abnormal vaginal discharge, unusual bleeding, pain, odor and skin irritation, such as blisters or lesions.
Vaginal itching can signal many different conditions, some more serious than others. Possible causes include:
Since an itchy vaginal area can indicate a serious infection, such as an STD, it’s important to seek a diagnosis sooner rather than later. STD testing can rule out serious conditions, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. Left untreated, these STDs can cause infertility, so early diagnosis is key. STD testing can also diagnose genital herpes infections. If STD test results are negative, a doctor can diagnose other causes of vaginal itching.
When diagnosed early, STDs chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis can be cured with antibiotics without any lasting reproductive damage. Vaginal itching caused by genital herpes can be treated with antiviral medication. A doctor can prescribe medication to take care of other causes.