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What Causes Itching Sensation And Swelling In The Vaginal Area?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Question: Hi there, I have recently picked up an STD paranoia. I went to my GP for a physical yesterday and described to her syptoms ive been having. The sumptoms consist vaginal itching that is pretty minor, some swelling of my labia minora, and some redness of the vulva, white lotion-like discharge with no smell and some clumps of clear mucus, tenderness around the vaginal opening but no visual lesions, accompanied by an occasional poking feeling in my vagina.. The best way to describe it is like if my IUD strings were to poke my vaginal walls but lower down, this is how it feels for a couple seconds several times a day. This has been going on for about a week. I also have a tender spot to the inside of my right hip, but had my IUD ultrasoundsd a couple weeks ago and everything looked normal. My GP didnt seem concerned and didnt swab or look at the area. She said to try monistat if it wasnt getting better and to call if that didnt help. When i placed the monistat it began to burn, most of the discomfort is now on my vulva with redness. Anyway, my question is, does any of this sound like herpes? I have always diligently tested for STDs (gonorrhea, chlamydia, HIV) after each partner (i have had unprotected sex with a couple of my previous boyfriends) and i now feel silly for never having thought of herpes but I honestly didnt know how common it was. Im starting to freak out thinking i could have something and could be passing it on to my current boyfriend. I frequently get pustules that are ingrown hairs, but i constantly have ingrown hairs. Does any of this point to herpes/ how concerned should i be?
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Answered by Dr. Dalia Muraleedharan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get a vaginal swab

Detailed Answer:
hi,
Thanks for writing..
I understand your concern..

All the symptoms you have described doesn't sound like herpes infection.. Herpes is an extremely painful condition.. By examining your genetalia your GP will be able to rule out herpes.. It can be furthur confirmed by a vaginal swab..

I would suggest for a protected intercourse to prevent STD's.. If you are getting recurrent pustule, i would suggest to get a diabetic screening.. if it is normal, an antibacterial soap can be used to prevent recurrent infection..

Monistat will help if it is a fungal infection.. Only after examination, fungal infection can be confirmed.. Some people do get burning sensation with monistat..

Hope i have answered your query.. feel free to ask any doubts.. good day..
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Dalia Muraleedharan (2 hours later)
Can frequent ingrown hairs that become pustules be an i dication of diabetes? Thanks for your reply, I feel better
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Answered by Dr. Dalia Muraleedharan (15 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Hi

Detailed Answer:
Hi..
Thanks for writing..

Close shaving can be the cause of pustule.. Another reason is diabetes which needs to be ruled out..

Hope I have answered your query.. Feel free to ask any doubts.. good day..
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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What Causes Itching Sensation And Swelling In The Vaginal Area?

Brief Answer: Get a vaginal swab Detailed Answer: hi, Thanks for writing.. I understand your concern.. All the symptoms you have described doesn't sound like herpes infection.. Herpes is an extremely painful condition.. By examining your genetalia your GP will be able to rule out herpes.. It can be furthur confirmed by a vaginal swab.. I would suggest for a protected intercourse to prevent STD's.. If you are getting recurrent pustule, i would suggest to get a diabetic screening.. if it is normal, an antibacterial soap can be used to prevent recurrent infection.. Monistat will help if it is a fungal infection.. Only after examination, fungal infection can be confirmed.. Some people do get burning sensation with monistat.. Hope i have answered your query.. feel free to ask any doubts.. good day..