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.
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