Most women experience a vaginal itching and/or swelling at some point. There are other symptoms too, such as redness and even pain. It is also possible to experience spotting along with unusual vaginal discharge. It is important to treat the itching and swelling as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
So many factors can contribute to vaginal swelling and itching. It could be due to an infection or might be the result of having your vagina exposed to irritating chemicals. Here are some possible causes.
You may end up dealing with vaginal itching when you expose your vagina to products that contain irritating chemicals, such as creams, ointments, douches, detergents, soaps, topical contraceptives, scented toilet paper, and more. These irritants can lead to an allergic reaction, which in turn can cause itching, redness, and swelling.
While yeast is a naturally occurring fungus, an overgrowth can lead to several complications. This can cause an infection called vaginal yeast infection which is a common condition and affects 3 out of 4 women at some point. You are likely to develop this infection when you take antibiotics on a long-term basis, as this destroys good bacteria and results in an imbalance in the vagina.
An imbalance between good and bad bacteria can also lead to bacterial vaginosis (BV), which can cause symptoms like itching, swelling, and a foul-smelling discharge. Not every woman suffering from bacterial vaginosis has symptoms, but you should see your doctor immediately if you have itching along with a foul-smelling discharge that is thin and dull gray in color.
You can expose yourself to several sexually transmitted diseases and infections when you have unprotected sex. Some of the most common STDs that can cause vaginal itching and swelling are gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, and trichomoniasis. You may also have additional symptoms such as yellow/green vaginal discharge, abnormal growths, and pain while urinating.
You are at an increased risk of vaginal itching if you are currently going through menopause or have already done so. This is mainly due to reduced estrogen levels – a reduction in estrogen levels can lead to vaginal atrophy and cause irritation, itching and swelling.
Here are some other reasons why you may be experiencing vaginal itching, irritation, and swelling.
You should go talk to your doctor in the following cases:
It is important to identify the underlying cause to determine the best treatment option. Here is how your doctor may proceed:
Home remedies may provide extra help for the vaginal itching and swelling. Here are some suggestions: