Vaginal rash is an eruption on the skin of vagina.
Causes of vaginal rashes with itching:
- Sexually transmitted disease like trichomoniasis.
- Vaginal candidiasis.
- Chicken pox.
- Contact dermatitis.
- Dry skin.
- Heat rash.
- Lichen planus.
Addition related symptoms:
- Painful urination.
- Vaginal discharge.
- Pain with intercourse.
- Vaginal dryness.
Prevention and treatment:
- Avoid colored or perfumed toilet tissue and bubble bath.
- Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches.
- Change out of wet clothing, especially wet bathing suits as soon as possible.
- Cleanse the area by wiping or washing after urinating or having a bowel movement.
- Keep your genital area clean and dry. Use plain and unscented soap.
- Keep your blood sugar under control if you have diabetes.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Wear cotton panties. Avoid panties made of synthetic materials.
- Avoid overexertion, heat, excessive sweating.
- Avoid scratching.
- Delay sexual activity until the symptoms get better or use a lubricant during intercourse.
- Use condoms to avoid spreading of infection.
When to seek medical advice:
- If you have blisters or ulcers over vagina and vulva.
- If you have burning urination or other urinary symptoms like urgency.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding, swelling or discharge.
- If your partner also has symptoms.
- If the symptoms worsen, lasts longer than one week or recur.
- Pelvic examination, medical history.
- Culture and microscopic examination of vaginal discharge.
- Pap smear.
- Urine and blood tests.