Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're uncomfortable. Without an examination and more information it won't be possible to diagnose your condition, but several thoughts come to mind:
If you use feminine hygiene products, panty shields or tight-fitting clothing (e.g., pantyhose), your symptoms could simply be due to "contact dermatitis
," which occurs when your skin is exposed to an irritating agent. Avoidance of the offending agent is usually sufficient to alleviate symptoms.
The labia are sometimes involved by autoimmune skin disorders, such as lichen planus
or lichen sclerosus
. Both of these conditions can cause itching and inflammation. Lichen planus often runs its course over 6 to 18 months (although it can persist); lichen sclerosus tends to be chronic. Both conditions can lead to scarring of the labia or tightening of the vaginal opening, which could make intercourse uncomfortable. Both disorders usually respond to treatment, though. This usually entails topical or, in severe cases, systemic corticosteroids
Finally, the Skene's glands that lie beside your urethra
can become infected, and this could lead to inflammation and itching of the adjacent labia minora
If your symptoms don't improve after you eliminate any potentially irritating agents, I suggest you see your gynecologist or a dermatologist
to confirm your diagnosis and discuss treatment options.
I hope that all helps, and I hope you feel better soon.