Feminine Irritations

Feminine irritations may cover an incredible range of possibilities. To be precise, the “irritations” to be discussed are those applying to the genital tract. Irritation is meant to imply localized discomfort about the vulval area and vaginal entrance. This can give rise to general discomfort, irritation or an outright itch (technically called pruritus). The area may be quite tender to touch. Often, the itch induces constant scratching, and the repeated trauma can make the parts even more uncomfortable and tender. Scratch marks are often present when an examination is carried out by the doctor.

If the skin is broken (and sharp fingernails can readily do this), even if the surface does not appear to have been broken, secondary infection can readily occur. This again aggravates the situation. The most common causes of feminine irritation of the vulval-vaginal area will be discussed. This is by no means a complete list of all possibilities, but does represent the most frequently occurring ones. Some are very common, such as monilia, and nearly every woman will experience this at some stage of her life.

Some conditions (such as threadworm) are more common in younger age groups, while others are more likely to occur in the aged, as with the atrophic vulva and vaginitis of the menopausal woman.

Check this list if’ irritation in this region is your problem. Often fairly straightforward medication could quickly bring the situation back to its normal state and offer rapid relief.

Quite apart from the local physical distress, many women find that persisting irritations in this area can have an anxiety-producing aftermath. Irritability, mental nervousness and sleeplessness may all be part and parcel as an unwanted, unexpected, and often unrecognized side effect. This can only undermine general health, produce bad tempers, and make life more miserable.

In case you have forgotten, the vulva is the name given to the general area surrounding the vaginal external opening.

Although itch and irritation of the external area is a common symptom, this may be felt internally in the vaginal region as well. Often the cause of the problem lies much more deeply than at the vulval level, even though the symptom may appear superficial.