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26 years
Hi DR. I have noticed some irritations around my vulva also scratches and blood I am still virgin I'm worried because it's hurting me also from inside and it burns and itch also,i'm very shy to c a dr
Aug 19, 2014

Dr. Rania Mousa General Medicine
Vulvovaginitis can affect women of all ages and is extremely common. It can be caused by bacteria, yeasts, viruses, and other parasites. Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also cause vulvovaginitis, as can various chemicals found in bubble baths, soaps, and perfumes. Environmental factors such as poor hygiene and allergens may also cause this condition.

Vulvovaginitis is inflammation or infection of the vulva and vagina.

>yeast infections, is one of the most common causes of vulvovaginitis in women of all ages. Antibiotic use can lead to yeast infections by killing the normal antifungal bacteria that live in the vagina. Yeast infections typically cause genital itching and a thick, white vaginal discharge, and other symptoms like itching and burning you mentioned .
do you use currently any antibiotic for a long time it may be the cause .

>bacterial vaginosis, an overgrowth of certain types of bacteria in the vagina. Bacterial vaginosis may cause a thin, grey vaginal discharge and a fishy odor.
>An STds area cause but you said you are a virgin no sexual activity ,if yes even though outer sexual activity with a partner then it might be a cause

>Bubble baths, soaps, vaginal contraceptives, feminine sprays, and perfumes can cause irritating itchy rashes in the genital area, while tight-fitting or nonabsorbent clothing sometimes cause heat rashes.

>Irritated tissue is more susceptible to infection than normal tissue, and many infection-causing organisms thrive in environments that are warm, damp, and dark. Not only can these factors contribute to the cause of vulvovaginitis, they frequently prolong the recovery period.

>A lack of estrogen in postmenopausal women can result in vaginal dryness and thinning of vaginal and vulvar skin, which may also lead to or worsen genital itching and burning.

>Nonspecific vulvovaginitis can occur in girls with poor genital hygiene and is characterized by a foul-smelling, brownish-green discharge and irritation of the labia and vaginal opening. This condition is often associated with an overgrowth of a type of bacteria that is typically found in the stool. These bacteria are sometimes spread from the rectum to the vaginal area by wiping from back to front after using the bathroom.

>Sexual abuse should be considered in girls with unusual infections and recurrent episodes of unexplained vulvovaginitis even though masturbation may be a cause for infection and thus irritation

If you have been diagnosed with a yeast infection in the past, you can try treatment with over-the-counter products

Treatment depends on what is causing the infection. Treatment may include:

-Antibiotics taken by mouth or applied to the skin
-Antifungal cream
-Antibacterial cream
-Cortisone cream
-Antihistamine, if the irritation is due to an allergic reaction
-Estrogen cream, if the irritation and inflammation is due to low levels of estrogen

>Proper cleansing is important and may help prevent irritation, particularly in those with infections caused by bacteria normally found in stool. Sitz baths may be recommended.

>>you can try at the mean time the following tips :

-Wear cotton underwear (rather than nylon) or underwear that has a cotton lining in the crotch area. This increases air flow and decreases moisture.
-Do not wear pantyhose.
-Wear loose-fitting clothing.
-Remove underwear at bedtime.
- Proper fitting and adequately absorbent clothing, combined with good hygiene of the genital area, also prevents many cases of noninfectious vulvovaginitis.
-use only water as a feminine wash or use one from pharmacy and change the one you use

However to have a good treatment you must have a right diagnose of the cause ,you can get a visit to a gynecologist to undergo some tests better than getting shy and suffering ,right ?