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What causes excessive itching in the vaginal area?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: What causes excessive itching in the vaginal area? When scratched small dry patches of skin come up. .... (not crabs)....have tried topical creams, they don't work.
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Answered by Dr. Nishikant Shrotri (19 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Vaginitis to be ruled out

Detailed Answer:
Dear XXXX,

Vaginal itching is most commonly associated with vaginal discharge. Increased physiological discharge does not cause any itching. However, infective discharge does cause pruritus.

Vaginal infections are of three types:
1. Fungal infection: The discharge is white and flaky. It causes immense itching. It can be treated with antifungal vaginal tablets or oral tablets.
2. Trichomonal infection: The discharge of this infection is free lowing, frothy greenish white discharge. Metronidazole cures this infection effectively.
3. Bacterial infection: The discharge is yellowish white and pus like. It has got some offending smell. Antibiotics can take care of these infections.

These infections can be transmitted sexually. Hence both the partners should take simultaneous treatment.

Of course, this is a general advice. If you provide me with following details about you and your disease, I may advise you more in details and appropriately.

1. What is your age?
2. Are you married? Mote details about sexual life.
3. Any vaginal discharge? If yes, the description of the discharge.
4. Do you have dark discolouration of the vulva and thighs?
5. Do you have diabetes? Or family history of diabetes?

Please furnish me with the requested information to equip me better to advise you to solve your problem.

If you wish to have any more information, please feel free to ask me.

Dr. Nishikant Shrotri
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What causes excessive itching in the vaginal area?

Brief Answer: Vaginitis to be ruled out Detailed Answer: Dear XXXX, Vaginal itching is most commonly associated with vaginal discharge. Increased physiological discharge does not cause any itching. However, infective discharge does cause pruritus. Vaginal infections are of three types: 1. Fungal infection: The discharge is white and flaky. It causes immense itching. It can be treated with antifungal vaginal tablets or oral tablets. 2. Trichomonal infection: The discharge of this infection is free lowing, frothy greenish white discharge. Metronidazole cures this infection effectively. 3. Bacterial infection: The discharge is yellowish white and pus like. It has got some offending smell. Antibiotics can take care of these infections. These infections can be transmitted sexually. Hence both the partners should take simultaneous treatment. Of course, this is a general advice. If you provide me with following details about you and your disease, I may advise you more in details and appropriately. 1. What is your age? 2. Are you married? Mote details about sexual life. 3. Any vaginal discharge? If yes, the description of the discharge. 4. Do you have dark discolouration of the vulva and thighs? 5. Do you have diabetes? Or family history of diabetes? Please furnish me with the requested information to equip me better to advise you to solve your problem. If you wish to have any more information, please feel free to ask me. Dr. Nishikant Shrotri