What other symptoms might occur with vulva itch?

Vulva itch may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Some conditions that cause vulva itch only affect the genitals, while others may involve other parts of the body.

Symptoms that may occur along with vulva itch

Vulva itch may accompany other symptoms affecting the genitals or skin including:

  • Bleeding after intercourse
  • Increased sensitivity to irritants
  • Increased susceptibility to genital infections
  • Itchy skin in other areas of the skin
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning of the vulva
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Raised, thickened red or white patches
  • Redness or swelling of the vulva
  • Sores, blisters or scabs in the affected area
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Visible eggs or small insects crawling through the pubic hair

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, vulva itch may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition. Seek prompt medical care if you, or someone you are with, have vulva itch along with any of these symptoms:

  • Abnormal discharge or bleeding
  • Changes in appearance, color, thickness, or texture of the vulva
  • Itchy skin in other areas of the body
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Pain or burning of the genitals
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Redness or swelling of the genitals
  • Sores, blisters or scabs
  • Visible eggs or small insects crawling through the pubic hair
INTRODUCTION

What is vulva itch?

The vulva is the tissue that surrounds the vagina, which consists of the labia majora and minora (the outer and inner “lips”) and the clitoris. Itching of the vulva can result from irritation, allergy, inflammation, infection or cancer. Irritation and allergy can occur as a result of exposure to soaps, feminine hygiene products, perfumes, lubricants, douches, creams, or latex. In this case, avo... Read more about vulva itchintroduction

CAUSES

What causes vulva itch?

Itching in the vulvar region can result from irritation, allergy, inflammation, infection or cancer. Many of the infections that can cause vulva itch are contagious. Other conditions that cause vulva itch are not contagious.

Infectious causes of vulva itch

Vulva itch may be caused by infections including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 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.