Genital eczema, vulvar sclerotic lichen, and 6 other factors that affect itching in the perineum
The name of the authority in translation from Latin means “tickle”. This small protrusion is located above the opening of the vagina and is one of the most erogenous zones of a woman. However, it often happens that instead of the desired orgasms, it delivers discomfort in the form of itching. As you may have already guessed, we are talking about the clitoris.
All conversations about this tiny, but very important organ, to some extent, are still taboo, which leaves many women alone with their problem – itching, which often happens on this part of the body.
Because of the abundance of nerve endings, the clitoris is sensitive not only to sexual stimulation, but also to external stimuli.
Discomfort in the clitoral area can be caused by various factors. For example, mild itching may occur due to strong arousal and stimulation. And chronic itching, which is bothering outside the body and does not pass over time, may indicate the presence of infection or inflammatory processes in the body.
The usual annoyance
One of the most irritating factors that cause itching is underwear and tight clothing. For example, panties made of synthetic or too hard fabric can not only irritate, but also scratch the skin of the clitoris. Also, it is not superfluous to pay attention to the washing powder or soap that you use to wash your underwear. Try to use products with the most natural composition that do not contain perfumes. When washing clothes in the machine, if possible, choose the option of double rinsing.
During sexual arousal, blood flow to the clitoris increases, so it swells and becomes more susceptible to irritation. Some women experience itching during or immediately after sexual contact. This itch usually goes away on its own, without causing further concern.
Constant sexual arousal syndrome
This disorder manifests itself in a prolonged feeling of sexual arousal without any sexual stimulation, and is much more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of the syndrome of constant sexual arousal are concentrated in the genital area and manifest as itching, burning sensation, pulsation, tingling, release of natural lubrication and contraction of the vagina, orgasms. The duration of these symptoms can range from a few hours to several weeks or even months.
Although the cause of this disorder is unknown, stress and anxiety can play a role in its appearance, as well as long trips in the car and the inability to urinate. Often, the syndrome of constant sexual arousal accompanies diseases such as epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome and restless legs.
Violation of the bacterial balance of the vaginal microflora can lead to an infection called vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis can cause itching of the clitoris and vagina. Doctors do not know for sure the causes of this disease, but the following factors can increase the risk of its manifestation and contribute to the aggravation of symptoms: Sex with a new or multiple sexual partners, douching, burning sensation when urinating, pain or burning in the vagina, vaginal discharge of white or gray color, fish smell, especially after sex.
Vaginal yeast infection, which is popularly called thrush, can cause itching not only of the clitoris, but also of the entire vagina. Thrush is caused by excessive growth of a yeast called candida. The following symptoms of thrush can cause discomfort in the vaginal area and itching of the clitoris: redness and swelling of the clitoris, painful urination and sex, excessive sensitivity of the vagina, dense white discharge that resembles cottage cheese and does not have an unpleasant smell.
Factors that increase the risk of vaginal yeast infection can be diabetes or high blood sugar, pregnancy, the use of contraceptives that increase the level of estrogen, douching and the use of gels for vaginal hygiene, taking antibiotics and a weakened immune system.often, some sexually transmitted diseases can be masked as thrush. If you still suspect that you have a yeast infection, contact your doctor for correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Sclerotic lichen of the vulva
Lichen sclerosis is a non-infectious skin disease that affects the genitals. Although the causes of vulvar sclerotic ringworm are unknown, experts believe that it can develop as a result of changes in the hormonal background, genetic predisposition, as well as skin damage as a result of microtrauma.
This disease affects women more often than men, and is extremely rare in children. Most often, I diagnose it in women during menopause. Along with itching in the affected area, this lichen can manifest symptoms such as bubble pimples, skin scars, small white spots that may increase in size over time, and small areas of “wrinkled” skin
If you suspect that you have vulvar sclerotic ringworm, immediately consult a doctor, since skin scars can develop into malignant formations. Diagnosis of this disease is carried out by a doctor under a special microscope. Women with sclerotic deprive the vulva needs every 6-12 months to be seen by a doctor to track any changes in the skin.
Eczema of the genitals
Symptoms of genital eczema may appear in the vulva, around the anus, and on the buttocks. This disease is manifested in the form of itching, red or white rash, small cracks, wet or dry skin, and the formation of a crust on top of rashes. Genital eczema can be caused by an allergic reaction to clothing, skin care products, and certain medications.
Vulva cancer Sometimes itching of the clitoris can be a symptom of vulva cancer. Depending on the type of cancer, the disease can manifest a variety of symptoms. For example, a change in color on certain areas of the skin that may be darker or, conversely, lighter than normal. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, non-healing open wounds, moles and seals on the genitals, may also indicate the presence of cancer in the body. If any of these symptoms are detected, you should immediately consult a doctor to identify possible abnormalities.
Sometimes itching of the clitoris can be a symptom of vulvar cancer. Depending on the type of cancer, the disease can manifest a variety of symptoms. For example, a change in color on certain areas of the skin that may be darker or, conversely, lighter than normal. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, non-healing open wounds, moles and seals on the genitals, may also indicate the presence of cancer in the body. If any of these symptoms are detected, you should immediately consult a doctor to identify possible abnormalities.
Treatment and relief of symptoms
Treatment options for an itchy clitoris will depend on the causes of its appearance. So to relieve the symptoms of itching with normal irritation, creams for topical application with a cooling effect help well. Loose cotton underwear and clothing will help relieve itching. Applying a cold compress to the area of discomfort and excluding cosmetics with fragrance will also help to relieve irritation and prevent further progression of symptoms.
To treat itching caused by a yeast infection, the doctor will most likely choose antifungal therapy. For the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, oral antibiotics are usually prescribed, issued by a doctor’s prescription. To alleviate the symptoms of eczema, you can use a steroid cream, which is easy to buy at any pharmacy.
Periodically, itching of the clitoris, in addition to discomfort, does not pose any threat to health. However, if this problem is your constant companion, it may be a reason to contact a doctor who will conduct a comprehensive examination of the pelvic organs, determine the cause of the discomfort and choose a treatment option.