What other symptoms might occur with a vaginal burning sensation?

A vaginal burning sensation may occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, a vaginal burning sensation due to a yeast infection generally occurs with a thick, white vaginal discharge with a texture that resembles cottage cheese.

Symptoms that may occur along with a vaginal burning sensation

Vaginal burning may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, weight loss, and rashes on other parts of the body due to second-stage syphilis

  • Fever due to an abscess or infection

  • Irritation of the vagina or genital area

  • Pain when urinating

  • Painful sexual intercourse

  • Rash on the skin of the genital area

  • Strong or persistent vaginal odor that may be described as a fish-like odor

  • Symptoms of perimenopause and menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings, and irregular or loss of menstrual periods

  • Unusual or heavy and persistent vaginal discharge

  • Unusual vaginal bleeding or spotting

  • Vaginal or anal itching

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a vaginal burning sensation can be caused by or indicate a serious underlying condition, such as a urinary tract infection or sexually transmitted disease (STD). Seek prompt medical care if you have unexplained or persistent vaginal burning. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have the following symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness

  • Dizziness that is unexplained or persistent

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding or any bleeding with pregnancy

  • Severe lower abdominal or back pain


What is a vaginal burning sensation?

A vaginal burning sensation is an abnormal condition of the vagina often caused by inflammation or infection of the vagina, genitals, or urinary tract. Because these structures are very closely located and related, what may feel like vaginal burning may actually be burning or discomfort occurring in the vulva or external genital area.

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What causes a vaginal burning sensation?

A vaginal burning sensation can be caused by a variety of mild to serious disorders, diseases and conditions that affect the vagina, cervix, genitals, or urinary tract. It can also be caused by physical factors in your environment. Depending on the cause, you may experience continuous vaginal burning or you may only feel burning or discomfort while urinating or during sex.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.