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I have been itching like crazy for a couple weeks now... nothing internally just my labia. I do not have a discharge or odor, no blisters, sores or anything like that. I have tried a yeast infection treatment to no avail..... I'm worried it may be an STD. I have been with my husband and only my husband for over 5 years now... I've gone as far as accusing him of giving me something..... Fears overtake ration thoughts at this point.

Any ideas???
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replied August 9th, 2008
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Do you shave? Is it possible irritation from that?

Otherwise, I'd see a doc if you feel it might be some sort of STI/STD. Even if it's not, it'd be nice to get it taken care of, you know? So, I'd see someone about it.
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replied August 9th, 2008
I have a Dr's appointment on Monday. And yes I do shave and have for nearly 20 years and I've never experienced anything like this.
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replied August 27th, 2008
i have the same problem sometimes.
it could just be that the razor you use is dull.
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replied February 17th, 2009
did you ever find out what it was? cause i have the EXACT same symptoms as you described and no blister or anything like that
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replied March 1st, 2009
Itchy Red Irritated Labia
I was faithful, but my hubby of thirteen years cheated on me a LOT. I would go to the doctor whenever I thought things were not right, and sure enough I'd have another infection of some kind. My doctors never told me they were STDs, and when asked, would give me wishy washy non-commital answers, then give me two prescriptions, one for me and one for him. At any rate, you may be sore because you just have a yeast infection that is staying at a very low level, or you could have something more serious, but you may want to get it checked out. If you are on hormonal birth control, that can cause severe dryness that leads to irritation as well. Or, if you're near menopause, lack of estrogen can cause this.
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replied November 18th, 2009
ive had exactly the same symtoms but ive been on anti biotics.,for an infection elsewhereAnd ive been itchy for a couple of days not knowing what to do
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replied January 26th, 2010
I had this itch for about 15 years. My left labia majora was all enlarged and extremely itchy and painful. I tried a couple different doctors and all kinds of herbal self help stuff with 0% difference. Mine seems to get worse with my period. I did a lot of research on it and it is amazing how many women suffer from this. I finally found a forum where one women found the problem and was cured. So I took all this information in to a gyno. They did a biopsy of the area and it came up as hypertrophic squamous mucosa with mild hyper parakeratosis. That's a mouth full. I reserched it under this name and found nothing so fa,r unless I researched each word. The gyno told me that it was the same thing as squamous cell hyperplasia, which I found easily. She gave me a strong steroid ointment to heal it and a numbing ointment to releave the itch. She also gave me an antihistimine stonger then benadryl to take orally at night. I have been using them know for 1 1/2 weeks. My labia has almost returned to it's original size and the itch is just barely there at night. My suggestion is to call around and find a gyno who is familiar with this term befor you see them. I sincerely hope you find the answer.
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replied April 24th, 2010
I''ve had the same issues for 2 months now. I''ve been to the doctor 3 times. My labia is uncontrollably itchy, enlarged, and becomes painful after it is scratched. It would be so painful and itchy it kept me up all night. It became so painful I missed work/school for a week. I could barely walk. I was tested for all STDs and I''m not pregnant. I did have a baby 6 months ago though. So it could possibly be that my hormones have changed. It has come and gone for 2 months now. My doctor still doesnt know what it is. Right now, I''m taking Diflucan and Tylenol 3/Darvocets for pain. Normal pain relievers dont do anything. The Diflucan seems to hold it off for a little while. I have to take it everyday for 2 weeks. My dr explained that Diflucan is a very strong yeast infection pill and usually clears up a yeast infection with one pill. However, mine takes a series of pills. One doesn''t seem to have any effect. We''ve considered allergies - but I haven''t changed anything, detergent, condoms, etc. We have considered latex allergy, but I also use latex gloves at work everyday with no effect to my hands. If I was allergic down there, you''d think I''d be allergic all over. I haven''t had sex since all this started and am monogamous with my husband.
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replied October 19th, 2010
response to irritated labia/ itching burning
You might have something like cytolytic vaginosis, the symptoms mimic a yeast infection and anti-fungals only irritate the condition more. Try soaking in 5'' of warm water in a bath and add baking soda to balance the pH.
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replied September 11th, 2012
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Antibiotics cause itchiness around any part of the body, and unfortunately everytime i take a course of it the labia gets really itchy. Luckily though it goes away after finishing the antibiotics. It does get uncomfortable but i'd rather an itchy labia than have the flu anyday
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replied September 11th, 2012
Antibiotics cause itchiness around any part of the body, and unfortunately everytime i take a course of it the labia gets really itchy. Luckily though it goes away after finishing the antibiotics. It does get uncomfortable but i'd rather an itchy labia than have the flu anyday
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replied November 7th, 2012
I have some of the same complaints. Since giving birth to my now almost 9 yr old daughter, I have had a foul smelling odor, whitish discharge (which mimics yeast infections, but it never is), itchy and sometimes very red on the labia majora. I have once been diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis, took antibiotics and it went away. Also since having my daughter, I also have stress urinary incontinence. I am continuosly leaking, therefore, i must always wear a pad. You can imagine the bacteria that likes it there.I have seen a couple doctors regarding my issues but when being tested for yeast infections or any presence of bacteria it comes back normal. I get really embarassed about this when out in public, or being active with my partner. If anyone can offer any other info that would be great!!!
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replied November 29th, 2012
Itchy vagina: ecoli infection, Splenda allergy, soy allergy
I have experienced many many bouts of itchiness over the years. Here are three causes:

1) Excess ecoli. Everyone has ecoli down there, but I had an excessive amount an the symptoms mimicked a yeast infection (but upon testing, we discovered it was not). Now when I get Pap smears I request they note the ecoli levels. It clears up with a round of antibiotics and vaginal cream (AVC, I recall). Use a capful of bleach in the washing machine when you clean your underwear.

2) Using Splenda sweetener. It took me several years to discover this...but like clockwork, within about 5-6 hours of ingesting Splenda, my vagina itches like crazy. I told my gyno this and she said another patient told her the same thing happens when she ingested Nutra Sweet.

3) I discovered recently that I'm newly allergic/sensitive to soy, both topically and when I eat foods containing soy (and believe it or not it's quite difficult to avoid soy in processed foods). It makes me itch. It was in all my skin care and makeup...and in my personal lubricant! It shows up as the ingredient "tocopherol" and advertised as vitamin E. I switched to a soy free lubricant and it made a world of a difference in my sex life, since before, I was too irritated to enjoy it.

Best wishes to you all!
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replied February 17th, 2013
I've had multiple courses of antibiotics recently.Would that be the cause of my red very itchy vulva? If so what can I treat it with? Help, it's driving me crazy!
Shirley
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replied March 8th, 2013
Same here
I have the same thing. Red itchy swollen inner labia with no discharge or odor. But I clean it with an antibacterial and then Dab some Vaseline and in minutes it goes down. Also I don't wear panties at night which lets it breathe down there:)! Im 20 and had never experienced this until a month ago and I haven't been to the DR due to my hectic school and work life. I remember the day it started I had shaved down there after using the same razor to shave everything else so I'm thinking it' has to do a lot with that?
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replied November 4th, 2013
I am experiencing the same symptoms. I am 63 and
have never had a yeast infection. I was on Amoxicillan
for an ear infection but the itching did not
begin until about 2 weeks after I finished taking it.

I have been using Vagisil which works ok and Vagisil wipes
the itching is still there.

I am making an appointment for This Friday, November 8 with the doctor. I wanted to wait until Monday when my
regular one is back from vacation but I am getting
worried about this. But I would prefer to go to
my own doctor. Do you ladies think that my waiting
2 more day would hurt.
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replied November 6th, 2013
Some causes of labia irritation
Taking antibiotics definitely can cause yeast infections. There's also a condition called Lichen Sclerosus that is not known even among some gynecologists. I suffered with this for many years before a biopsy confirmed it. Proper topical medications can help but there is no cure that I have found. Remission and relief is possible.
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