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itchy feeling and white substance inside

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Hi. I'm a 16 yr old girl. it's been 5 days since I have this itchy feeling in my clitoris and labia minor and labia major. Mt vulva is bit sore too. I dn't know what it is. There are white substance inside my vagina and same white flakes on my labia.it smell like Garlic sometimes. I have my doubts that it is a yeast infection. But I'm not sure. And I'm not a virgin. Please clarify my doubts. I'm very much worried.


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replied June 26th, 2014
Yeast Infection Answer A48010
Hi,
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Vaginal itching that you describe can be due to vaginal dryness, infection, hormonal changes, etc. Vagina has its natural mechanism to remain lubricated 24/7 with vaginal discharge that has its own natural odor due to the composition of the discharge/secretions, changes due to hydration levels, changes in pH, influence of hormonal changes during menstrual cycle, and resident bacterial activity, and any changes in it can suggest possibility of infection, or hormonal changes etc. Altered vaginal discharge suggests infection. Vaginal manipulation can lead to introduction of infection. If the symptoms have been persistent, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for examination and to go ahead with getting hormonal analysis (done to rule out hormonal imbalances), vaginal swab/smear test done (to confirm/rule out infective causes), etc. If the itching is getting worse, you can also request for prescription of antihistamines to help you control the symptoms. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation in the area and keep the area clean and dry. Rinse undergarments well and use antiseptic solution for the last rinse. If infective cause is detected, and if you are sexually active, get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection, and avoid having intercourse while being on treatment. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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