No one necessarily wants to discover any kind of rash, bump, redness, itching, or swelling around their vagina—but if you do, it's normal to feel concerned. There are a ton of reasons this can happen, and plenty you can do to find relief. The one thing you don't want to do is ignore the issue—and if you're here, you're already taking the first step to figure out what's going on. No matter the issue at hand, how it progresses is a key indicator of how serious it is, says Jessica Shepherd , MD, ob-gyn, national speaker for Poise , and Women's Health advisory board member.
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Most women experience a slight vulval itch now and again. However, pruritus vulvae means the itch is persistent and causes distress. The vulva is the area of skin just outside the vagina. The itch may be particularly bad at night and may disturb your sleep. About 1 woman in 10 sees a doctor about a persistently itchy vulva at some stage in her life. Vulval itching can affect any woman, at any age.
5 Possible Reasons Why Your Vagina Itches Like Crazy
Itchy skin is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that makes you want to scratch. Also known as pruritus proo-RIE-tus , itchy skin is often caused by dry skin. It's common in older adults, as skin tends to become drier with age. Depending on the cause of your itchiness, your skin may appear normal, red, rough or bumpy.
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