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Vaginal sore

Vagina is one of few very sensitive parts of female body and it can be easily irritated. Every woman experienced vaginal sore at certain period of life. Sore vagina may include redness, itching, discomfort or pain, bumps or lesions in or around the vagina. Sometimes vaginal sore can bleed, especially if scratched. Any woman irrespective of age, gender, region, race or ethnicity could be affected by genital ulcer sores. Commonly sore vagina occurs in sexually active women between the ages of 15-24 years.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are the most common cause of vaginal soreness and genital ulcers. Sometimes specific dermatitis, allergies and irritants also can cause sore vagina. Rare cancerous transformation also can trigger vaginal sore. Best protection from sore vagina is safe protected sex and monogamy (absence of multiple partners).

Vaginal sore – causes

  • Sexually transmitted infections (genital herpes, genital warts, chancroid, syphilis, molluscum contagiosum, Chlamydia);
  • Skin specific conditions (vulvovaginitis, contact irritated dermatitis, psoriasis, atopic allergic dermatitis);
  • Intercourse related trauma to the genital region;
  • Skin cancer or noncancerous vaginal cysts.

Vaginal sore – symptoms

Usually it starts from vaginal discomfort and unusual colored vaginal discharge (yellowish, greenish or brownish). Sores (ulcers), blisters, pimples and lumps can form inside or nearby the vagina. These changes can occur with or without pain, with or without itching. Following specific symptoms can identify the cause of vaginal irritation, redness and sores. Most common symptoms of sore vaginal include the following:

Vaginal sore

  • Red vaginal bumps or blister formation,
  • Genital ulcers (open ulcers or cuts),
  • Lesion or rash at the opening of vagina,
  • Unusual colored vaginal discharge with foul smell,
  • Vaginal itching,
  • Vaginal discomfort or pain,
  • Vaginal dryness,
  • Burning sensation or pain,
  • Vaginal bleeding (irregular),
  • Pelvic pain,
  • Disturbed urination (dysuria, pain during urination).

Specific set of symptoms for each causative factor could help in diagnosis and adequate effective treatment of the condition.

Vaginal sore – risk factors

  • Multiple sexual partners,
  • Unprotected sex,
  • Unknown (anonymous) sex partner,
  • Skin-to-skin contacts with people suffering from ulcers or lesions,
  • Uncircumcised penis,
  • Allergies,
  • Regular use of antibiotics.

Vaginal sore – prevention

Safe protected sex (male condoms, female condoms),

Honest communication with sexual partner,

Avoid multiple or anonymous partners,

Regular screening for sexually transmitted infections,

Women with sexually transmitted diseases should avoid sexual activity until they are completely cured,

Avoid known irritants (certain types of soap, vaginal douching and strong fragrances),

Avoid known allergic factors (depending on personal medical history).

Vaginal sore – treatment

As in most cases vaginal soreness caused by sexually transmitted infections, it should be treated by medical doctor as soon as possible and effect can be very positive.

In cases of non-infection causes, treatment strategy should be developed for each person depending on age, symptoms, health status and other factors.

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