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Itching in the vagina and all over the body - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have had deep and painful vaginal itching now for about two months. Treatments for yeast infection haven't worked. This is a seriously deep itch that can't be scratched and feels better. My whole body skin and head is also experiencing itchiness and slight burning. No rash, but slightly red around the hairline. Dry, flaky scalp, where I have never had a problem with this before. My doc wants to treat with a 6-day steroid treatment. Anything else you might suggest? Thanks!
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   May i ask whether you have vaginal discharge ?
User :   No, I don't. Except when I ovulate--just the regular discharge from that. Nothing on other days, nothing unusual.
Doctor :   Ok,
Doctor :   have you got any tests to rule out infections ?
User :   My doc did some blood tests (including celiac, which hasn't had results yet), and I'm not sure what those other blood tests were, but no tests on the vagina itself or any urine tests.
Doctor :   tests on the vagina and the urine are a must before ruling out and going for higher treatment
Doctor :   i suggest you to get a PAP smear, a Vaginal Swab culture and sensitivity and a routine urine analysis
User :   Can you suggest comfort measures I can take right now--something to help the pain directly? Should I just go ahead with the steroids too and see what happens
Doctor :   no, wait till you get the above mentioned tests done , steroids can bring down the i8mmunity and flare the infection , if the cause of the problem is infection
Doctor :   And for the Itching you can take a tab of LEVOCET 5mg once in the night for three days.
User :   Okay, but this isn't just a localized vaginal problem. It is on my entire body--every inch of my skin and my scalp. What is levocet, and is it a prescription?
Doctor :   Levocet is a antiallergic, will relieve you of itching and pain , you will get it as an OTC
User :   What kind of infections might cause this kind of itching and burning all over?
Doctor :   yes , it could be a general system problem rather localized to vagina , but i think its better to rule out the local causes first
User :   Anything else you would suggest?
Doctor :   Parasitic infestation ( Trich ), fungal infections are ones which can be considered
User :   And anything you recommend that I do?
Doctor :   yes, go for saline washes of the genitilia , it can reduce the itching a bit
Doctor :   use 0.9 N saline
User :   Okay, I will follow up on those things. Thank you so much.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   I think you gave some great advice--I appreciate it.
Doctor :   Thanks once again
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