Vaginal burning! Actually how do you describe the sensation? To me it is a feeling of warmth, heat even, and rawness down there. It is extremely uncomfortable. I can’t scratch it or soothe it with ointment. Distressing! Frustrating!
Urinating is always a tense moment because the stinging sensation is unbearable when urine comes into contact with the inflamed labia and vulva .
Avoiding going to the toilet as much as possible seems to be the only logical solution, which of course is not.
Luckily, the tips from vagina burning remedies do provide some soothing relief.
Okay, ranting aside. These are the major causes for that burning sensation in the vagina.
BV occurs due to the disruption in vagina flora resulting in an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. The burning sensation is accompanied by vaginal discharge, fishy odor and vaginal itching.
Candida is caused by the fungus Candida albicans. It is characterized by burning in the vagina, thick (cottage cheese like) odorless discharge, vulva inflammation, labia itching and painful intercourse.
Trichomoniasis is a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is caused by the parasite trichomonas vaginalis through sexual intercourse or having genital contact with someone who has it. Symptoms include vagina burning during sex along with vaginal discharge, smelly vaginal odor and itching.
Gonorrhea is one of the common STDs. The burning sensation is accompanied by irregular bleeding, pain during urination and brown vaginal discharge. If left untreated gonorrhea can lead to more serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disorder (PID), infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
Chlamydia, also known as the "silent disease", is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. In women it causes burning,itching and slight bleeding in the vagina, pelvic pain, nausea and fever.
Viral vaginitis are associated with:-
Burning in the vagina associated with non-infectious vaginitis are caused by:-
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Vagina burning which is caused by allergies is less complicated. Avoidance of the product which causes it will stop the discomfort.
In such cases, applying vaginal moisturizers such as the ST Virgin Cream shown will ease the burning.
However, vaginal burning related to bacterial, fungal and viral infection is a lot more difficult to pin-point the cause.
The burning is not an isolated problem by itself as it is accompanied by soreness, discharge, odor and sometimes painful sex. Moreover certain vaginal infections have over-lapping symptoms.
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My advice is don’t be a detective and self diagnose. Infection related genital burning can be dangerous if left untreated. It might lead to infertility due to damage of the reproductive organs.
Do not be embarrassed. See a gynecologist to determine the specific causes so that the right treatment can be given to cure the vaginal infection and the burning will naturally be healed too.
For vaginal burning which is related to sexually transmitted diseases, prompt medical intervention can help to stop further complications.
But if you are prone to recurrent bacterial vaginosis (BV) or vaginal yeast infection supplementing with cranberry tablets can prevent a recurrence.