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  • Posted By: mommy82
  • December 31, 2009
  • 06:08 AM

Hello, I am new to this board. I have a very personal and irritating health issue that I am hoping to find some answers for here. Ever since having my daughter 2 years ago I have had chronic and sometimes severe vaginal itching. I have been to 3 different dr's about this issue, and no one has been able to correctly diagnose me or help me yet. I have tried topical creams, yeast infection meds, switching to non-perfumed laundry detergent and soap, etc. It is really interferring with my life at this point. My husband and I would like to start trying to conceive our second child, but I am uncomfortable most of the time and don't want to have sex. When we do, I have burning and swelling afterwards. There is no discharge accompaning the itching, and it seems to maybe be external, however at times it is so severe that it feels internal. I think that the problem could possibly be hormonal, as I am starting to see that it occurs about 1-2 weeks before my period shows up, and almost never occurs during my period. However, when I was on the pill it did not change anything. Any help or advice as to what could be my problem and how to treat it would be so very much appreciated. Thank you!

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  • Vaginal itching without discharge is very rare. In most women, vaginal itching is caused by organisms which also cause noticeable leaking of vaginal discharge. There are certain conditions however, that can cause vaginal itching without discharge. Generalized itching : Itching around the vulva and vagina may be a part of a generalized disease process that causes itching all over the body, e.g. in jaundice, uraemia and other toxic states. Skin diseases : Skin diseases like psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and scabies may affect the vulval area alone or may simultaneously affect other parts of the body. Commonly, infection of the genital area by these organisms is a result of spread from the disease from other parts of the body by contaminated fingers. Parasitic infections : Parasites like lice may infect the hairy part (mons pubis) of the vulva simultaneously with the hair on the scalp. Threadworms may also migrate from the anus to the vagina to cause itching, especially at night. Diseases of the anus and rectum : Diseases like piles and fissure-in-ano can cause itching around the anus and the vulva. Both these conditions may sometimes cause the secretion of a thick, mucopurulent (mucous mixed with pus) discharge that spreads anteriorly to the vaginal opening to cause itching. Glycosuria : The passage of glucose in the urine can cause soreness and severe itching in the vulva. It can cause a burning sensation while passing urine. The urine may be turbid and milky in colour with a faint, rich odour. But, glycosuria is more commonly a predisposing condition for infections like candidiasis and trichomoniasis because the sugar in the urine provides a good media for the growth of infective organisms. Allergy and drug sensitivity : The patient with vulval and vaginal itching may be sensitive to various soaps, bath salts and antiseptics used to bathe as well as to wash the underclothes. Underclothes made of synthetic material like nylon may also cause allergy in some women. Vaginal douches, especially those with perfumes or with synthetic dyes, coloured and synthetic toilet papers can also be responsible for allergic vaginitis. Deficiency : Deficiencies of vitamin A, B2 and B12, iron and folic acid may cause itching . These are however more likely to cause itching by decreasing the natural immunity of the body, making it possible for infections to occur. Deficiency of these vital minerals can also cause vaginal dystrophies with itching. This type of vaginal dystrophy is commonly seen in chronic anaemia and in a Vit B-deficiency state called pellagra.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2009
    • 08:27 AM
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  • Yes, it could be hormonal and it could be something else that you both need treatment for. YOu could just be passing something back and forth, if nothing more than a funky bacteria you picked up at the hospital. First, I hope you have had an STD screening by now (including blood work for herpes 2 specific), to include a pap. The pap will show if there is something. You could have had something for years that flared up under the stress of pregnancy, In the meantime, you could have a few acucpuncture treatments which will help with the symptoms. I would wait to clear this up before another pregnancy.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2009
    • 06:45 PM
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  • You may want to get checked for diabetes. I had that same issue (not for as long though) and I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2. Not many other symptoms of a diabetic. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 1, 2010
    • 00:00 AM
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  • that's a good one, too.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 1, 2010
    • 02:32 AM
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