Are you experiencing a vaginal rash?
A vaginal rash can be caused by a variety of conditions, but many times it is a symptom of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Other symptoms may occur with a vaginal rash including the following:
Most often, a vaginal rash is an indicator of a STD, particularly herpes. Several common STDs can cause a vaginal rash:
Some non-STD causes of a vaginal rash include a yeast infection, allergic reaction to chemicals, soaps, etc., or razor burn.
If you are at risk for STDs and experiencing a vaginal rash, STD testing is your first step towards diagnosis. Genital herpes is the most frequent cause of STD-related vaginal rashes so be sure to take a type-specific herpes test. A type-specific test can determine whether herpes symptoms are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 or herpes simplex virus 2.
If you are not at risk for STDs (keep in mind even sex play and oral sex can transmit herpes and other STDs!) a doctor can help diagnose the cause of a vaginal rash.
If you herpes test comes back positive, symptoms such as a genital rash can be controlled with antiviral medication. Antiviral medication suppressed herpes outbreaks and makes symptoms less severe. In addition to medication, condoms can reduce the chance of spreading the virus to others. Be sure not to engage in any sexual activity when a vaginal rash or other herpes symptoms are present.
If caused by another STD or condition, a doctor can advise you towards the best route of treatment.