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Skin Infections


Seriously, when you are itching down there you’re itching everywhere. You just can’t think straight especially when you can’t clearly see what’s going on in that area.

So when you have a problem down there trust me your whole body has a problem. Most often itching or irritation in areas like the vagina and vulva can be symptoms of an infection which is advisable to seek medical attention from a health professional.

Causes of vagina itching and irritation

  1. TOILET: Here in Cameroon and other African countries, the pit toilet is common where you squat over a hole. Sometimes the pits dug are not deep enough bringing you in contact with infections which likely cause vagina irritation.
  2. YEAST: Yeast infection can cause itching. This comes about when the yeast candida grows excessively in the vagina and vulva. Yeast infections can also lead to white discharging.
  3. CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES: The vagina reacts differently to several chemical substances including condoms, soaps, toilet paper, creams, oilments, tampons etc. Sensitivity to such can irritate the vulva and vagina.
  4. Sexually transmitted diseases ( STDs ): While having unprotected sex, the probability of getting STDs is high such as gonorrhoea, Chlamydia, genital herpes, trichomoniasis, genital warts and others cause vagina itching.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus. It causes pain and sores or painful blisters.

Genital warts are small bumps on the genitals caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV).

Trichomoniasis is a common transmitted infection caused by a parasite.

  1. Menopause or low estrogens levels can also cause vaginal irritation because of the dry walls.
  2.   Damp, tight-fitting clothing and dirty under wears can cause vagina irritation.
  3. Hormonal changes do cause slight vaginal itching and irritation most especially before menstruation and ovulation.


Due to the fact that vagina itches and irritation are mostly symptoms of other infections, it is always advisable to meet a health care professional for proper check up and laboratory tests.


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