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What Can I Do to Treat My Vaginal Itch?

Published: July 12, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi. Recently, as I have began my summer job, which is completely outdoors (summer camp), in the sun, when I come home, my vaginal area begins to itch. I go swimming once a day in the middle of the day, shower everyday, and wear cotton underwear so I am not sure why this is happening. The weird thing is that this itching only comes about in the summer. The area never itches in the fall/winter/spring (school) months. The itching is very annoying, but I only get it in the evening. Is there any treatment, any more washing, or any life style changes that I could use to treat this problem? Thank you.
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Dear What Can I Do to Treat My Vaginal Itch?,

TeenHealthFX understands your concern and appreciates your effort to eliminate this issue. There are several possibilities that may be causing your vaginal discomfort.

To begin, it is likely that you are experiencing vaginitis, an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain. Vaginitis is generally caused by a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. There are three common forms of vaginitis: bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection and trichomaniasis. You can read about the symptoms and causes of each by clicking here.

There are actions you can take throughout your daily routine in order to reduce the discomfort you are experiencing.

    1. Once you have finished your daily swim, change out of your wet bathing suit bottoms into dry,     cotton underwear. Remaining in wet bottoms for long periods of time may cause vaginal irritation,     itch and/or dryness.

    2. You do not need to utilize soap to clean yourself showers, due to the fact that the vagina is self-    cleansing. However, if for some reason, you still feel the need to utilize soap, be sure to purchase a     product that is low in fragrance and dyes.

    3. Lastly, yeast grows in warm, moist conditions - this is likely why you experience the greatest     discomfort during summer months. Be sure to wear loose, breathable clothing, and avoid dressing in     tight pants and/or bottoms. 

FX recommends that you meet with your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist or gynecologist to find out what is causing this itching and if any treatment is needed. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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