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Private Parts Have Been Itchy

Published: 04 August 2009
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My private parts have been really itchy lately and I have not participated in any sexual activity at all. I have been putting lotions and what not on the area but the itching has not gone away. Can you please tell me what is wrong and maybe how I can stop the itching?
Signed: Private Parts Have Been Itchy

Dear Private Parts Have Been Itchy,

 

You did not mention your gender, so TeenHealthFX is going to list some possibilities for both girls and guys as to what can cause genital itching.

Females:

·         Crabs, pubic lice: Lice live on humans and feed on blood. There can be head lice, body lice or pubic lice. Pubic lice can cause severe itching, and bites may cause small marks that look like bruises.

·         Vaginal Yeast Infection: Yeast is a fungus that normally lives in the vagina in small numbers. A vaginal yeast infection means that too many yeast cells are growing in the vagina.

·         Vaginitis: A medical term used to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina. These conditions can result from a vaginal infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast or viruses, as well as by irritations from chemicals from creams, sprays or even clothing that comes in contact with the genitals. In some cases vaginitis results from organisms that are passed between sexual partners. 

Females should call their doctors anytime one of the following occurs:

·         Your discharge changes color, becomes heavier or smells different.

·         You notice itching, burning, swelling or soreness around the vagina.

 

Males:

·         Crabs, pubic lice: Lice live on humans and feed on blood. There can be head lice, body lice or pubic lice. Pubic lice can cause severe itching, and bites may cause small marks that look like bruises.

 

You mentioned that you are not sexually active, but for our other readers we do want to point out that certain STDs, such as genital herpes, can cause itchiness of the genital area for men and women. Since you have not been sexually active, this should not be a concern for you. But if other readers experience genital itchiness and have been sexually active, STDs should be ruled out by a medical care professional.

FX recommends that you meet with your doctor as soon as possible so that you can get an accurate diagnosis, as well as recommendations on the proper treatment based on that diagnosis. For example, if a person has pubic lice, soothing lotions aren’t going to help the itching – the right treatment is required to eliminate the lice. So find out from your doc what is going on, get the treatment you need, and you’ll feel better soon!

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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