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About a year ago I noticed two red, itchy, painless spots near the opening of my vagina, this came on with some discharge and burning sensation. I saw my PCP, who thought the red spots were irritation from shaving, and treated me for a yeast infection, and ran STD testing, which all came back negative. The dischage slowed down and the horrible itch was gone, but the spots and burning sensation didn't go away, so I scheduled another appointment with another doctor who thought the same thing as the first. When the symptoms were still there two months later I went to see a GYN, who said it was either a cutaneous yeast infection or eczema, told me to buy some OTC cream, and sure enough the red spots were gone and have never reappeared, but the burning sensation hasn't left. It's there everyday, sometimes it's less intense, but nonetheless, always there. The vaginal area doesn't appear swollen or even red, just irriated and burning. Please Help!! Could the STD testing have been wrong?


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replied November 6th, 2010
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A17001
Hi,
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A repeat complete STD screening is recommended since the last one was done long time back. It will help to know if the last one done indeed missed out picking up any infection. Constant burning in vagina suggests that some amount of residual infection might still be present, and if so, a course of oral antibiotics/antifungals would be helpful.
Go ahead with a repeat examination done by your gynecologist along with getting vaginal smear and swab test, and vulval swab test (from the area of affection) to see if infection is still present. Apply Caladryl lotion 2-3 times a day to see if burning sensation improves. Wear loose cotton undergarments; avoid douching and moisture in the area. Try to keep the area dry.
Take care.



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