• 29

    Oct

    DIVA Answers: My Clitoris Is Extremely Itchy

    The skin around my clitoris and pubic hair is extremely itchy. I have had thrush before but this seems different – it isn’t in or around my vagina, but more towards the front.

    There doesn’t appear to be anything to see, just irritated red skin.

    Although I wash regularly and have been bathing the area with cold water, wearing cotton underwear etc, it just seems to be getting worse.

    What could this be and how do I get rid of it?

    There could be a number of causes for this, but none of them are serious.

    Irritation in this area is a real nuisance, not to say an embarrassment. You are right, it doesn’t sound like thrush, because:

    1. it is confined to the areas you mention
    2. you haven’t said anything about a discharge
    3. you have tried an appropriate treatment.
    It is most likely to be some form of dermatitis, and its most common cause in this area is a reaction to something you are coming into contact with.

    This could be to do with clothing – say the material of your underwear or jeans, or a dye used to colour your underwear if they are not white.

    Panty liners or cleansing tissues could be a factor; it could be a vaginal deodorant or spray if you use one, or even a bath additive of some sort. I have even known biological washing powders to cause this problem.

    Your pubic area is very sensitive, so these products may not cause problems elsewhere. Have a think about what things might be causing the itching and take some steps to change them.

    As far as getting some relief from the itching, try getting some 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream.

    This is mild, but very good for relieving itching and inflammation, and you can buy it over-the-counter quite cheaply.

    If it doesn’t settle down or you get other symptoms as well, it would be best to check with your Doctor.