Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology P.C
Vaginal Irritation

Vaginal Irritation

Vaginal irritation may be a symptom of an underlying health issue, and you shouldn’t ignore it. The health experts at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., in Rochester Hills and Troy, Michigan, take a holistic and personalized approach to care. The full-service OB/GYN practice can find and treat the cause of your vaginal irritation to alleviate your symptoms and improve vaginal health. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.

Vaginal Irritation Q & A

What is vaginal irritation?

Vaginal irritation may include any discomfort that affects your vaginal tissue. Symptoms may include:

  • Swelling

  • Burning

  • Itching

  • Painful intercourse

  • Dryness

  • Vaginal discharge

  • Sores or warts

You can develop vaginal irritation from any number of causes. Though most causes aren’t a serious health concern, your vaginal irritation requires a consultation at Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C.

Some causes of vaginal irritation may lead to long-term chronic health problems or infertility. 

What causes vaginal irritation?

Vaginal irritation may develop from many causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Yeast infection

  • Hormonal changes related to menopause

  • Allergies

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

  • Lichen sclerosus

  • Chemical irritants

  • Bacterial vaginosis

  • Medications

  • Urinary tract infection

Chronic skin conditions, such as eczema or dermatitis, may be the cause of your vaginal irritation. 

What happens during a vaginal irritation evaluation?

When you visit Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., with concerns about vaginal irritation, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation. The goal of the exam is to find the root cause of your symptoms, so you get the right treatment. 

During the evaluation, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms and when they started. They also review your gynecological, medical, and sexual history, as well as the type of medications and supplements you take.

Your provider performs a physical and pelvic exam. To confirm or rule out the cause of your vaginal irritation, they may run diagnostic tests such as blood work, urine sample, or a lab evaluation of your vaginal secretions.  

How is vaginal irritation treated?

Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., takes a personalized approach to care. Treatment for your vaginal irritation depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, your overall health, and personal preferences.

Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotic or antifungal medication

  • Topical steroid cream

  • Vaginal lubricating gels

  • Hormone therapy

  • Vaginal hormone creams

  • Nutrition therapy

  • Lifestyle modification

Depending on the cause and treatment, your provider may schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your symptoms and adjust treatment as needed. 

Treatment may clear up some causes of vaginal irritation, such as a yeast or bacterial infection. However, other causes may require ongoing medical management to minimize discomfort, such as a viral STD like genital herpes. 

To get help for your vaginal irritation, call Oakland Macomb Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., or book online today.