Vulvovaginitis refers to the inflammation of the vulva and the vagina. The main cause of vulvovaginitis is bacteria. The other causes include sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), parasites, and exposure to certain chemical irritants and allergens. A few symptoms of vulvovaginitis include irritation and itching in the genital area, discomfort while urinating, and increased vaginal discharge.

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My vagina appears red and itchy, with bumps inside. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, My vagina is dry and itchy inside. It appears red, and there seem to be bumps inside. I think I had a yeast infection a month ago that lasted a while. I am currently taking Sprintec. I had taken Fluconazole earlier for the complaint.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history provided, it may be Candidal vulvovaginitis, a fungal infection affecting the vaginal and private areas. It appears due to multiple factors, including: Spread from an infected person during sexual activities due to weaken...  Read Full »

What causes pain during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having pain during sex. Penetration of any kind hurts me. The most painful are the inner lips especially on the right side. I get burning sensation inside too, but not very high. I had some bleeding last night and it stopped fairly quickly. We were not being rough either. I am on Dep...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you have attached. There is loss of rugosity of the right labia majora and minora indicating that there is an inflammation. It was indicated by the shiny nature of the majora and minora ...  Read Full »

What causes vaginal itching and swelling in a person with diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34-years-old female with a weight of 67 kg and a height of 5'1". I am currently suffering from candidiasis. I have a high blood sugar of 140.18 mg/dL. I have sharp pain, irritation, itching, and swelling in my genitals and have difficulty urinating. Also, have a frequent thirst an...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajendran R. Nayar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand you have vulvovaginal candidiasis and high fasting blood sugar with symptoms of diabetes mellitus.I hope you had the genital discomfort examined by a physician and then confirmed it to be candidiasis, especially if it is your first episode of the discomfort. Yo...  Read Full »

Do vaginal itching and redness in the vagina with sticky discharge indicate fungal infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have Depo Provera every three months for three years for severe menstrual pain. It works wonders. But currently, there is a very terrible itching in my vulvar area. I used a mirror to look down there, and the area is very red, with quite of blood and with some sticky stuff in the inn...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The presence of vulvovaginal itching and increased frequency of urine indicate that you have a vaginal fungal infection causing vaginitis along with urinary tract infection, which can cause lower abdominal pain, fever, pain in the lower back, etc. The presence of pus...  Read Full »

How do I get relieved from vulvovaginal itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I am not diagnosed with any pre-existing condition. I have been suffering from a fungal infection in my vulvar and groin region for almost two months. Initially, it only affected the vulvar region, but now it spread to the inner thighs and connected buttock are...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send a picture of the affected area if possible. Also, mention if there is any vaginal discharge?  Read Full »

How to treat itchy vagina?

Query: Hello doctor,I have an itchy vagina, which aggravates at night. It has been about three days since experiencing itchy valvular. It aggravates at night. Application of anything with Boric powder soothes temporarily. What is causing it? Recently I started taking medicines of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hello, Welcome to May I know if you face any vaginal discharge problems like foul smell, thick white discharge, or any watery or greenish-yellow discharge?  Read Full »

How to treat dry vulva with itching and inflammation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having dryness in my vulva region for some weeks now, and it is red. It does not itch, but it is slightly and inflamed. I have attached the photos. I am currently using Citalopram.  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and from your brief history and attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it looks like vulvovaginal candidiasis (fungal infection). There is no reason to worry as it will subside within two to four weeks. You can...  Read Full »

What could cause small bumps on vagina post unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I currently had unprotected intercourse about a week ago. My vagina has become really itchy and sore. I tried to take a picture just to see if anything was going on and there are a lot of tiny white bumps that almost look like a rash. And it is extremely irritating. Any ideas of what ...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the image that you sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Is there any discharge from vagina? If yes, is it white or yellow or watery or creamy? It appears like fungal infection most likely vulvovaginal candidiasis. Use Clotrimazole pe...  Read Full »

How to treat large painful cyst-like bump on clitoris?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a large, red, painful cyst-like bump on the left side of the clitoris. It hurts to walk, sit or stand. I have been doing a warm compress three a day and a hot shower once. It seems to be getting more painful. I cannot go to the doctor because of COVID-19. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history and pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I gather that it is vulvitis, which has got localized to a single point. Usually, infection starts in the vagina and later it gets localized. It forms a blister and over time it forms a pus...  Read Full »

Why do I get pain during intercourse with no major symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing pain during sex during three separate sexual encounters over the last few months. No sex in between these encounters. Upon recent inspection a white spot was noticed on the inner portion of the vulva which seems to be the source of the pain. Outside of sexual interco...  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Image is not much clear. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). But looks like some inflammatory changes. There must be vuvlovaginitis or Bartholin gland infection. If previously, there was no pain during sex and now pain is there then there should be some ...  Read Full »

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