Abnormal discharge is always a warning sign, but plenty of the conditions that cause itching don't cause changes in discharge—so how do you know when it's serious and when it's not?
Ladies! Here's why your vagina is itching even without discharge and how to treat it
Vaginal itching is a signal that something is amiss in the vagina, and depending on the cause, it may warrant a trip to the healthcare provider.
Causes of vaginal itching
Vaginal itching without an accompanying discharge can be caused by several things. Some of them need medical treatment, but others are fairly minor passing occurrences, and you have options for stopping or preventing the itch.
Everyone sweats in their genital region from time to time. The sweat glands there is the same type as in your armpit (apocrine glands), and they produce a thicker sweat than glands elsewhere in your body (eccrine glands). When a protein from that sweat interacts with bacteria on your skin, it can cause an unpleasant odour.
As the sweat dries, it can also make your groin and vulva itchy. If this is the cause of your itch, it should go away when you bathe or shower.
Just as it can in other areas, shaving your pubic region can cause razor burn, also called shaving rash. You may notice that the skin is swollen and red with itchy bumps that are sensitive when touched. This happens because the razor can remove the top layer of skin, allowing bacteria to invade.
You can prevent razor burn by using a razor that's clean and sharp, and more blades are better than fewer.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes redness and itching. Female genital eczema is an umbrella term for several types of itchy conditions that can affect your vulva or between the cheeks of your buttocks.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as Pubic Lice or Genital Herpes are a common cause of genital itching.
While you may get pubic lice through direct contact between your pubic hair and that of someone who has them, genital herpes is asymptomatic or have mild, infrequent symptoms. When symptoms occur, they include small, painful sores or blisters on the genitals and/or anus. They can be on the vulva or perineum (space between the vaginal and anal openings) as well as inside the vagina and even on the cervix (which connects the vagina to the uterus).
Treatment for itching
Itching that won't go away can be a big distraction and detract significantly from your quality of life. Different causes of itchiness can require different treatments.
- Cold compresses or ice packs for 5-10 minutes at a time.
- An oatmeal bath.
- Moisturizer, especially if it's addictive- and fragrance-free.
- Topical anaesthetics containing pramoxine.
- Topical treatments containing menthol or calamine.
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