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Vaginal burning sensation

Vaginal burning sensation is very specific condition in the vagina causes mainly by infections and inflammations in genitals or urinary tract. Burning sensation in the vagina could cause huge discomfort and could be triggered by several negative factors. Biologically reproductive tract and urinary tract are closely located and related and vaginal burning sensation could be a symptom of several diseases of both systems.

Burning sensation in vagina could have different intensity, it could be constant or temporary (only during urination or sex) and it could appear suddenly or be transformed from discomfort to burning sensation. All depends on causes and personal sensitivity.

In most cases vaginal burning sensation accompanied with vaginal itching and vaginal sores triggered by vaginal infections (mainly sexually transmitted diseases), urinary tract infections, allergic reactions and hormonal changes.

Vaginal burning sensation – causes

Burning sensation in the vagina can be caused by a variety of mild or serious disorders, diseases and conditions that affect genitals, vagina, cervix and urinary tract. Sometimes burning sensation can be caused by physical factors (chemicals, environment or objects). Depending on the cause, women could experience different intensity of burning sensation, different additional symptoms and different time of burning feelings. It is crucial to identify the cause of vaginal burning sensation because effective treatment can be clarified only if cause is identified.

Vaginal burning sensation – infections

In most cases burning sensation in vagina triggered by infections – mainly sexually transmitted diseases or urinary tract infections. At the same time, vaginal burning sensation can be a symptom of bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection or other vaginal infections.

Here is the list of infections which can cause burning sensation in vagina:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (Chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, genital herpes, pubic lice);
  • Bacterial vaginosis (vaginal bacteria misbalance and overgrowth of Gardnerella vaginalis);
  • Vaginal yeast infection (so called “vaginal candida” or “vaginal thrush” triggered by Candida albicans);
  • Urinary tract infections (urinary tract bacterial infections spread to vagina);
  • Vaginal pinworm infection that has spread from rectum;
  • Vaginitis or vulvovaginitis in girls (triggered by vaginal inflammation).

Vaginal burning sensation – irritation

Several factors could cause vaginal irritation and burning sensation. It could be sanitary or hygiene products including toilet paper, cleansing wipes, perfumed soaps, bubble baths, feminine sprays or vaginal contraception.

Vaginal irritation can be also triggered by other factors such as vaginal douching, rough sex, high-absorbency tampon, tight-fitting underwear or pants and tampons left in the vagina (over 6-7 hours).

Vaginal burning sensation – diabetes

It was noted that poorly treated and badly controlled diabetes can cause vaginal yeast infection and burning sensation in vagina. It is happening due to the fact that candida feeds on glucose and glycogen which were not controlled by adequate treatment. Usually, when sugar levels spike, the growth of yeast infection also increases.

Vaginal burning sensation

Vaginal burning sensation

Vaginal burning sensation – other possible causes

  • Vulvar dystrophy,
  • Vulvar cancer,
  • Atrophic vaginitis,
  • Lichen sclerosus,
  • Vulvodynia.

Vaginal burning sensation can be combined with other symptoms

Depending on causes, women could experience also other symptoms:

  • Vaginal itching,
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge or spotting,
  • Vaginal smell (foul odor, fishy smell),
  • Pain or burning sensation during urination,
  • Genital rash,
  • Pelvic pain or abdominal aches.

Vaginal burning sensation – diagnosis

Pelvic exam and laboratory tests can easily identify specific infections and other causes of burning sensation.

Vaginal burning sensation – treatment

Treatment should be organized by qualified doctors and in most cases it is pretty effective.

Vaginal burning sensation – prevention

  • Never underestimate private daily hygiene routine (keep vaginal clean and dry);
  • Keep vagina cool – it will prevent accumulation of harmful bacteria;
  • Avoid tight underwear and pants;
  • Choose always natural cotton underwear;
  • Use adequate tampons and change them every 3-4 hours.

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