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Vaginal Itch or Burning Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your vaginal itch or burning symptoms, including 7 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 7 Possible Vaginal Itch Or Burning Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

7 Possible Vaginal Itch Or Burning Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced vaginal itch or burning. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Yeast infection

Yeast infections are due to alterations in the balance of microscopic organisms in the vulvar and vaginal regions. The term "yeast infection" is most commonly used to describe symptoms caused by the fungus Candida albicans.

Symptoms include itching of the vaginal and vulva, burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina, thick, white discharge, pain with urination, and pain with sexual intercourse.

This condition is very common, especially among young women, and is easily treated with a course of antifungal medication.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vaginal itch or burning, white/gray vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, vaginal pain, vulvovaginal redness

Urgency: Self-treatment

Irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina

Contact irritant dermatitis of the vagina occurs when there is an irritant of some sort that causes damage to the skin. The irritation is often caused by friction or chemicals.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, vaginal discharge, urinary changes

Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina: vaginal itch or burning

Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis of the vagina: urinary changes, vaginal discharge

Urgency: Self-treatment

Atrophic vaginitis

Atrophic vaginitis is a common condition that may affect up to 47% of postmenopausal women. It occurs due to low levels of estrogen which can be caused by menopause, medical treatments, and hormonal conditions, among other things.

Symptoms of atrophic vaginitis include vaginal dryness or irritation, especially during sexual activity, vaginal bleeding, vaginal discharge, and changes in urination.

Treatments for atrophic vaginitis include lubricants and lifestyle changes to increase comfort and improve sexual performance, as well as hormonal treatments to address the underlying cause of the condition.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, delay in or irregular periods, vaginal itch or burning, signs of urinary tract inflammation

Symptoms that always occur with atrophic vaginitis: delay in or irregular periods

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Symptoms of menopause

Menopause is the name for the natural process by which the menstrual cycle (period) stops happening in a woman. Usually, the process is gradual (takes months or years) and occurs from the age of 45 to 55 years. Menopause is officially diagnosed once a woman stops having a period for 12 months continuously. A woman with menopause will notice a decrease in the number and regularity of her periods until they completely stop. In addition, she may notice a number of symptoms that occur as a result of decreased estrogen levels, such as hot flashes, changes in mood, sleep problems, vaginal dryness, changes in libido, and changes in sexual function. Certain medications exist that can decrease these symptoms.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, delay in or irregular periods, vaginal discharge, anxiety, trouble sleeping

Symptoms that always occur with symptoms of menopause: delay in or irregular periods

Urgency: Self-treatment

Lichen sclerosus

Lichen sclerosus is chronic skin condition in which a person forms patches of white, wrinkly, thin skin, often described as being like "cigarette paper." Most people with this condition will experience it on their anus and genital regions, and some will experience it on other parts of their body.

The primary symptom of lichen sclerosus is the presence of skin changes as well as(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/unexplained-bruising/), bleeding, inflammation, itching and pain in the affected areas.

The condition slowly progresses over time without treatment. Lichen sclerosus is benign but can cause significant discomfort and disfigurement. Treatment options include topical and oral medications, phototherapy, and circumcision in men to remove damaged skin.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: vaginal itch or burning, vaginal pain, painful sex, dry skin on the outside of the vagina, painful urination

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Vaginal trichomonas infection

Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge

Symptoms that always occur with vaginal trichomonas infection: vaginal discharge

Symptoms that never occur with vaginal trichomonas infection: vaginal ulcer

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Scabies

Scabies is a rash caused by the microscopic human itch mite. It burrows into the top layer of skin to feed and causes severe itching and irritation.

The mite spreads through direct contact or through infested bedding or furniture. It can infect anyone, though most susceptible are:

  • Children.
  • Sexually active young adults.
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system.
  • Patients in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Symptoms include intense itching, especially at night, and a rash of tiny red bumps. Scratching may cause the rash to form sores, scales, or crusts. The rash most often forms between the fingers, in the folds of the wrists and elbows, and any place normally covered by clothing.

It is important to get treatment because the scratching can cause an infection in the skin. In children, mites can cover nearly the entire body.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination and skin test.

Treatment involves a prescription for skin cream. Everyone who has come into contact with the affected person must be treated, even if they show no symptoms.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Vaginal Itch Or Burning

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Have you ever had a yeast infection?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS?

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Vaginal Itch Or Burning Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning have also experienced:

  • 23% Vaginal Discharge
  • 11% Yellow Pus Vaginal Discharge
  • 6% White/Gray Vaginal Discharge

People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning were most often matched with:

  • 60% Atrophic Vaginitis
  • 20% Yeast Infection
  • 20% Irritant Contact Dermatitis Of The Vagina

People who have experienced vaginal itch or burning had symptoms persist for:

  • 41% Less than a week
  • 20% Less than a day
  • 18% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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