Back to Health A to Z. Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina that can cause itching, discomfort and discharge. If you're sure you have thrush and you've treated it successfully in the past with over-the-counter medication, you can treat it yourself again. Read more about over-the-counter thrush medicines. This is known as vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis, and is due to the thinning of the vagina's lining. Yeast infections, such as vaginal thrush, are usually treated with antifungal medicines , and bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics.
Information to help with itching on external vagina areas (labia & vulva) due to vaginal irritation
External Vaginal Anatomy – Vulva, Clitoris, Labia
You may routinely pamper your face and work hard to keep it moisturized and irritation-free, but what have you done lately for the more sensitive skin of your vulva, the external genital area surrounding your vagina? Many women have been primed to think no further than "itch equals yeast infection. These conditions aren't getting the medical attention they need — and women aren't getting the relief they deserve. The vulva Latin for womb or covering consists of several layers that cover and protect the sexual organs and urinary opening.
Performing a vaginal self-exam at home can help you familiarize yourself with your own body, as all vaginas are different. It can also help you identify changes and abnormalities. A gynecologist can check you for symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases STDs and perform a Pap smear test to screen for cervical cancer. Here are the symptoms you can look out for and discuss with a gynecologist at your next appointment.
Sometimes the skin around the vagina can be red, swollen or cracked. See 'How to treat vaginal thrush' below for more information. Mild thrush can usually be treated with a short course of antifungal medication. The symptoms will usually clear up within a week or two. You can also get creams to apply to the skin surrounding the entrance of your vagina.