Hi, I'm 13 years old and around my vagina, the outer and inner parts are quite itchy and irritated... I'm really scared and I don't know what to do. A bit naive, you could say. Its been persistent, probably going on for about more than a week now. 'Down there' feels tighter than usual and sometimes I get a burning itchy sensation that happens at random times, either at home or at school, and its a burden. It anyone could give me some answers, please, that would be a great deal of help. I don't feel comfortable telling my parents, so this is sort of like my last resort if I don't tell my mother. Of course, with my young age, I'm not sexually active, I'm a virgin, innocent, no sexual experiences whatsoever. If anyone can give me an answer, that would be very helpful. I'm worried it could be something really bad since I did online research. It didn't help at all, it just made me worry more with the possibilities.
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The symptom of vaginal discomfort, irritation, and itching that you describe could suggest vaginal infection. The exact cause can only be made out after careful evaluation. Consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination and further evaluation (including vaginal swab/smear test done on vaginal discharge, urine analysis) to look for the underlying cause for the symptoms that you describe. Treatment as indicated (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you control the symptoms. Avoid vaginal douching, or use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Keep area clean and dry, and avoid sweat accumulation. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. If infective cause is detected, and if you are sexually active, get your partner also treated simultaneously, and avoid having intercourse while being on treatment to prevent chances of re-infection.
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