What to do about my persistent burning sensation in the vagina for the past month?

Q. Why is there a burning sensation in my vagina?

Answered by
Dr. Balakrishnan R
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 16, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jul 19, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am a 25 year old unmarried girl. I am 5 feet and 3 inches tall, and my weight is 176 lbs. I usually have a white discharge. Now my major problem is that for the past one month, I started to have irritation in my vaginal area. I checked in the mirror, and it was red. I do not know whether the vagina is normally red or not. But for some days in the evening, or after meals I used to feel a burning sensation. Initially, I thought they were because of spices in food. But one night, I felt like I had constipation and intense burning, and I felt like sitting on the toilet for the whole time. Now, yesterday the burning started in the morning without having any food. Sometimes, I feel the pain in one nerve from the stomach to the vagina, and sometimes I feel like my uterus is filled with gas, and sometimes it hurts under the stomach and above the vagina.

Yesterday evening I went to a gynecologist. She gave me the AF kit and Candid ointment to apply. First, I did not know how to use it, and due to shyness, I did not ask as well. After coming home, I was in great pain due to burning in the vagina, so I decided to apply it. When I was struggling to apply it, I found thorn-like sharp things near the vaginal opening. I felt them, although they are not visible in the mirror. I could feel as if multiple needles are there. The skin is that way. I am tensed about the sharp things. Please tell me what they are. Are they normal? Please suggest me about my condition. How to use these creams? What are the possible reasons for the infections? I have changed my panty brand and bought a cheaper one this time. Can this be the cause of the infection?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I presume from your history (unmarried) that you are not sexually active or using anything for the same purpose. If you are active, then this could be the sexually transmitted vaginal infection. It will need a full course of antibiotics and antifungal for both the partners. If you are not sexually active, the most probable diagnosis is a vaginal infectionwith a candida fungus.The risk factor in your case is your weight. When your weight is above the expected weight of 134 to 145 lbs, there is a lot of fat in the thighs and the perivaginal area. So, the sweat glands and other lubricating glands in this area will be producing more amounts of their secretions. When these areas around the vagina and the anus are wet with the secretions and also with the water after each use of the washroom, the skin becomes a very fertile area for the candida fungus growth. It has no connection with the food intake.

When you wash or keep touching it, the superficial skin which is oversensitive now will peel off and cause more pain and burning. So, to get relieved, avoid nylon or synthetic tight undergarments, as they hold water and humidity for a longer time. Instead, use the cotton ones. Do not use them during bedtime. It will give time for it to heal. Use a vaginal wash like V wash or Intiwash, twice a day after bath. Do not wash the area with hot or salt water, as this will further burn the area. After bath or whenever you have the burning sensation, just sit in a tub of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. This will wash away the infected skin partly. Then, wash the area with the vaginal wash that I have mentioned. Take it in the palm like a shampoo, dilute with little water and wash. Do not rub hard. Then, wash away with normal water. Clean it with a dry towel gently, and then apply that cream, twice a day. Apply it slightly into the vaginal margins, and also onto the healthy skin surrounding it for five to seven days. Usually, this will resolve in two to three days. Keep drinking lots of water, as it may start a urinary infection.

Hope I have clarified your query. Do write back if you have any more queries. All the best.

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