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Suggest treatment for itchy and swollen vagina along with burning sensation

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Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2015
Question: Hello, I have had itchiness, burning and little to no discharge lately. I also feel a bulge at the top of my vagina (on the inside) as if something is swollen. I cannot see the entrance to the vagina as it's almost blocked by the swelling. I was told to take canesten but i have been holding off due to menustration. Will the canesten help get rid of the bulge ? Will it cause pain during sexual inter course? I have had vulvodynia in the past and do not want it to reoccur
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Answered by Dr. Jacqueline Brown (50 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You are probably feeling your own cervix or have vaginal swelling

Detailed Answer:
Hello, and I hope I can help you today.

I do not know how familiar with your body, but the bulge you are likely feeling when you put your finger in your vagina is your cervix. Your cervix is the opening to your womb, and it sticks out from the top of your vagina. It is usually about 3-4 cm wide and feels rubbery, like the end of your nose. It is not possible for me to be sure without doing a vaginal examination but I have had many patients who have confused their cervix for a bulge or blockage inside.

When you are aroused, your vagina lengthens and your cervix moves up and out of the way so it doesn't interfere with intercourse. If it feels like tampons or the applicators from cream get stuck on it, just lay on your back and in that position the vagina lengthens.

The other possibilty is that your labia and vaginal entrance are so swollen from the yeast infection that they look like bulges. In that case, the sooner you treat the yeast infection, the swelling will go down. Vulvodynia is pain on the vulva without any other bulges or physical signs, so I don't think you need to worry about that.

There is an oral tablet to treat yeast infections called Fluconazole- in some countries it is available without a prescription and is an alternative you could use in the meantime if you're bleeding too much to use the cream, or if your vaginal
opening is too sore to apply cream internally.

You should the cream both inside and outside as soon as your bleeding gets to be light. You will just need to use a pad or liner when you use the cream instead of a tampon which can absorb the medication. If you can get the Fluconazole tablet, use the cream on the outside only.

So in summary, the bulge you feel and/or see is either a normal finding or it should go away after you treat your yeast infection. In the meantime, wash the area with mild soap only, and try to change pads frequently to not trap heat and moisture near your skin.

I hope I adequate answered your questions today and that my advice was helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or need any clarification.

Best wishes, Dr. Brown
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Brief Answer: You are probably feeling your own cervix or have vaginal swelling Detailed Answer: Hello, and I hope I can help you today. I do not know how familiar with your body, but the bulge you are likely feeling when you put your finger in your vagina is your cervix. Your cervix is the opening to your womb, and it sticks out from the top of your vagina. It is usually about 3-4 cm wide and feels rubbery, like the end of your nose. It is not possible for me to be sure without doing a vaginal examination but I have had many patients who have confused their cervix for a bulge or blockage inside. When you are aroused, your vagina lengthens and your cervix moves up and out of the way so it doesn't interfere with intercourse. If it feels like tampons or the applicators from cream get stuck on it, just lay on your back and in that position the vagina lengthens. The other possibilty is that your labia and vaginal entrance are so swollen from the yeast infection that they look like bulges. In that case, the sooner you treat the yeast infection, the swelling will go down. Vulvodynia is pain on the vulva without any other bulges or physical signs, so I don't think you need to worry about that. There is an oral tablet to treat yeast infections called Fluconazole- in some countries it is available without a prescription and is an alternative you could use in the meantime if you're bleeding too much to use the cream, or if your vaginal opening is too sore to apply cream internally. You should the cream both inside and outside as soon as your bleeding gets to be light. You will just need to use a pad or liner when you use the cream instead of a tampon which can absorb the medication. If you can get the Fluconazole tablet, use the cream on the outside only. So in summary, the bulge you feel and/or see is either a normal finding or it should go away after you treat your yeast infection. In the meantime, wash the area with mild soap only, and try to change pads frequently to not trap heat and moisture near your skin. I hope I adequate answered your questions today and that my advice was helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions or need any clarification. Best wishes, Dr. Brown