Genital Itch in Women: Everything You Need to Know about Intimate Itching

When genital/intimate itching occurs, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. But it’s good to know how to treat it and how to prevent it from coming back again.Woman Going Through Menopause

Do not feel ashamed as this can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, and the causes can be many.

What causes intimate itching in women?

Vulvar itching can be caused by a number of factors.

For example, fungal and flora imbalances are common and not very serious causes of itching. There is also vaginal dryness, which can be caused by menopause, among other things.

The list of possible causes includes all dermatological conditions because any disease that affects the skin can affect the vulva and cause itching. Unfortunately, these are sometimes difficult diagnoses because the symptoms may not be so obvious: for example, psoriasis may present differently on the vulva than on the elbows and the scalp.

In addition to psoriasis, there is the possibility that the condition may be eczema or vulvar lichen sclerosus. It is also possible to become allergic to the hygiene products used.

Some conditions, such as herpes and tinea cruris, or even cancer, can cause itching in the vulva.

We recommend that you always seek medical attention to ensure a prompt diagnosis and not risk infecting your partner if the disease proves contagious.

Intimate itching in men

Men can also suffer from genital itching. And there are many possible causes for them as well!

For example, they may develop a fungal infection of the penis: this is indicated by the appearance of small white spots around the penis.

Sweating and maceration (the softening and breaking down of skin due to exposure to moisture) are other common causes of itching.

Finally, as with the vulva, dermatological diseases, allergies, and STDs can also cause irritation, so it is important to take them seriously and seek medical advice to avoid transmitting a possible disease to your partner.

Intimate itching: how to react and when to worry?

Itching can be considered harmless if it is temporary and does not reoccur again. In some cases, they resolve on their own. However, you should not let the irritation persist. The right time to consult is when the itching becomes uncomfortable. In some cases, this can happen very quickly. For example, in the case of a yeast infection, it can become unbearable within two to three hours.

On the other hand, if you have an itch and treatment doesn’t seem to be working, remember that not all gynecologists are trained in dermatology. This can unfortunately lead to a misdiagnosis. Patients with recurrent itching must go see a dermatologist who specializes in genital pathology. Unfortunately, it’s true that there aren’t many, but it can make a difference in diagnosis.

How to relieve intimate itching?

To relieve itching, you need to treat it. That’s why it’s important to know the cause. If you simply have problems with excessive sweating or if the itching is related to rubbing, lighter, loose-fitting clothing can help.
If you have ringworm, your doctor will prescribe an antifungal medication, which can be accompanied by probiotics, to restore the flora.

If you have allergies, the easiest thing to do is to eliminate the cause of the allergy. For example, if it’s related to the type of hygiene products you use, you could try an organic range or switch products or brands.

Finally, some skin conditions are treatable, while others are bound to become chronic – you should consult a doctor to find out which treatment is best for you in the short or long term. Likewise, if you have an infection, only a doctor can treat you.

How can I avoid intimate itching?

While there is no miracle cure to clearly stop itching, some measures can help prevent it. Here are some easy to follow tips:

  • Wearing loose, cotton clothing helps prevent friction of the genitals.
  • Avoid shaving areas that tend to get irritated easily.
  • Avoid having sex if you feel itchy: rubbing can make it worse.
  • Avoid rubbing the area when bathing and avoid douching, which can disturb the balance of the vaginal flora.
  • To avoid allergies, use good quality hygiene products, preferably fragrance-free.
  • Take probiotics for your vaginal flora to restore a better balance.
  • And even if it’s not the easiest tip to follow: avoid scratching.

In any case, if you still start itching despite all these precautions, don’t feel ashamed: it happens to everyone and is not necessarily related to a hygiene problem.

FAQ on intimate itching

Should I see a doctor if I have itching and bleeding?

If you are bothered by intimate itching and the bleeding is not related to your menstrual period, we advise you to see a dermatologist or gynecologist for a diagnosis. In any case, if in doubt, we strongly advise you to ask a health professional.

Is itchy skin normal during pregnancy?

Fungal infections are very common during pregnancy. Don’t hesitate to consult a doctor to get an official diagnosis and, above all, a personalized treatment.

What are itching and white discharge symptoms of?

Basically, if you have an itchy intimate area along with a strong discharge, it could be a fungal infection. If in doubt, don’t hesitate to seek medical advice, especially if the itching comes back despite treatment: it could be another infection.

Is itching in the intimate area after intercourse serious for women?

Itching after intercourse may not be serious, but it is important to identify its origin. Is the irritation caused by friction? If so, you may want to use a lubricant during your next sexual intercourse. Is it happening at a certain time? If in doubt, it is best to consult a doctor who can advise you.

Can a little girl have intimate itching?

Yes, a little girl can also suffer from the same intimate itching as an adult woman. A child may also have a fungal infection, allergy, or dermatological problem in their intimate areas.

References

Itchy Genitals: Causes, Types & Treatment (clevelandclinic.org)

Genital Itching – Women’s Health Issues – Merck Manuals

 

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