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Itchy vagina and perineum after having sex. What treatment is required?

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Posted on Mon, 21 Jan 2013 in Vaginal and Uterus Health
Question: Hi. I have an extremely itchy vagina and perineum after having sex with my husband, using a condom. How can I treat this? The area is covered in white blisters and wet. I cannot see any white discharge. My anus is itch too. Help. Will an anti-inflammatory help or caneston.
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Answered by Dr. Aarti Abraham 1 hour later
Hello
Thanks for your query on this portal.

Since you are using a condom, chances of a sexually transmitted infection is almost nil.
Have you experienced this same problem while having intercourse without a condom also ?
If not, then most definitely, this points towards a condom allergy. For treatment of present symptoms, you need to use a preparation with local antihistaminic ( anti inflammatory ) for eg. Benadryl cream.

If that doesn't work, you can use Canesten HC. Cream, which contains an anti fungal plus a topical steroid also.

Condom allergy causes burning and itching of the vagina after and during intercourse.
Because of the allergy, there can be small fluid filled vesicles or blisters on the vagina and perineum
And this is exactly what your case sounds like.

Unfortunately, if the allergy is severe, you need to altogether stop using condoms for the time being, and switchover to another form of contraception, such as pills etc.
Unfortunately, these would not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, so you have to be extra cautious.
Also, the allergy in most cases is to the latex in condoms.
You can try using polyurethane condoms, as this would eliminate latex allergy.
Sometimes, the allergy is due to lubricants or spermicides present in the condoms,
Hence you might try switching to an alternate brand.
But in most cases, complete avoidance is the most effective strategy.

However, it is best to consult your gynaecologist for a thorough check up and proper prescription and dosage, as there might be other rare differential diagnostic conditions , such as eczema or infections.
Take care and feel free to ask for further clarifications.

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