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what causes vaginal itching & swelling with solutions

Vaginal swelling and itching is an everyday problem for those who like to make an unhealthy relationship and mostly indulge more than one partner for mating. Do you have this similarity? Then careful while making a relationship? or use home remedies for vaginal itching treatment.

What is the vagina?

vaginal swelling

The vagina is a women’s genital the part which is known as groins, crotch, and many more names according to geo-location. But here we have to understand its part. women vagina is a complicated organ that have many parts to do different works and make women healthy and also provide organisms during mating.


Parts of vagina

 

    Causes of swelling

 

 

 

Mons pubis

 

Vestibular bulbs

 

Hymen

 

Labia majora

 

Vulvar vestibule,

 

Bartholin

 

Labia minora

 

Urinary meatus

 

Bartholin

 

clitoris

 

Vaginal opening

 

Skene’s  vestibular gland

 

 

When we search for vaginal swelling or swelling of labia then we must have to understand about its parts and there works. I mean to understand how vagina protect herself from swelling, itching, irritation, infection and many more health issues that cause vaginal swelling and itching.

Vagina has many parts but labia are most sensitive parts that are responsible to protect your vagina to be infected with any infection that leads to swelling in your vagina.

Labia have two parts that are known as external labia and internal labia. For your better understanding, you may think that your labia is just like your lips, as we have upper and lower lips that help us to protect our mouth to enter any unwanted entry.

Upper labia is known as labia Majora, it is a just like a curve skin that appears outside of your vagina and lower labia is known as labia minora and it is internal parts of your vagina and both of them have same works to protect your vagina from unwanted irritation swelling infection in the vagina or any parts of your vagina.

Human labial is different in size according to women to women and also responsible for vaginal swelling, allergies, cysts and other vaginal health issues lets understand about size of labia according to this chart that is designed by researchers from the Department of  Gynecology, Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital, London in (2004).

 Length

                         Measurements

    Mean {standard deviation}

Clitoral length (mm)

 

5.0 - 35.0

 

19.1 [8.7]

Clitoral glands width (mm)

 

3.0 – 10.0

 

5.5 [1.7]

Clitoris to urethra (mm)

 

16.0 – 45.0

 

28.5 [7.1]

Labia majora length (cm)

 

7.0 – 12.0

 

9.3 [1.3]

Labia minora length (mm)

 

20.0 – 100

 

60.6 [17.2]

Labia minora width (mm)

 

7.0 – 50.0

 

21.8 [9.4]

Perineum length (mm)

 

15.0 – 55.0

 

31.3 [8.5]

Vaginal length (cm)

 

6.5 – 12.5

 

9.6 [1.5]

Tanner Stage (n)

 

IV

 

4.0

Tanner stage (n)

 

V

 

46

Color of the genital area

Compared to the surrounding skin (n)

Same color

 

9.0

Color of the genital area compared to the surrounding skin (n)

Darker color

 

41

 

 

 

 

Rugosity of the labia (n)

 

Smooth (unwrinkled)

 

14

Rugosity of the labia (n)

 

Moderately wrinkled

 

34

Rugosity of the labia (n)

 

Markedly wrinkled

 

2.0


It’s natural for the labia to vary in size-from women to a woman and even from one side of the labia to the other.

What are the symptoms of vaginal swelling?

·        Genital itching or burning

·        Discharge from the vaginal area

·        A fishy smell

·        A small bump on the labia

·        Pain when walking or sitting

 

              What causes vaginal swelling?

              As we fell vaginal itching swelling in the vagina or irritation these all happen because of this labia that is called external and internal labia, but don’t think that they are alone responsible for this swelling of the vagina. there are some more causes that associates with this labia to arouse your vaginal swelling or labia swelling and they are.

 

             

               Yeast infections

 

              According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 3 out of 4 women will have a yeast infection at some point during their lifetimes. Yeast infection is a common issue it appears because of overgrowth of yeast in your vagina mostly called Candida fungi and further causes swelling, itching, burning, irritation, pain during mates. Overgrowth of fungi (yeast) imbalance the Ph balance of your vagina that causes these types of health issues. Using antibiotics birth control pills and eating too much sugar in your diet can increase the chances of imbalance of yeast in your vagina and cause swelling and many more issues. You may see vaginal discharge these are common symptoms of being yeast infection.

                                                  

       

              Bacterial vaginosis

             Bacterial vaginosis is a post situation of yeast in your vagina it means when your vagina is filled-up with yeast and you are facing different types of vaginal issues it is called bacterial vaginosis. A yeast infection turns bacterial vaginosis when a couple of women having multiple sexes with a new partner or douching. These are the common cause that leads to bacterial vaginosis. These activities diminish good bacteria in your vagina that is quite essential for vaginal health and result we face swelling in labia.


swelling in labia

 

           

              How to find that you have Bacterial Vaginosis

            

           Bacterial vaginosis has some clear symptoms that would help you to identify that you have bacterial vaginosis secretion from your vagina and they are color discharge from your vagina, they may be green, white, gray or yellow and sometimes it shows some smell odor such as fishy smell if you find these symptoms then you have to go for treatment for bacterial vaginosis.

 

             

      Trichomoniasis

     According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis (“trich”) is a common sexually transmitted disease that currently affects 3.7 million people. It’s caused by a parasite and in 70 percent of people don’t result in symptoms when symptoms arise, they include swelling, itching, and burning of the vaginal region, painful urination, and an extremely fishy vaginal odor.

 

             Allergies 

your your skin comes into contact with something it’s allergic to, it’s likely to swell. So when the labia are irritated by allergies like the perfumes in soap or detergents, latex in condoms, or certain fabrics in clothing, it’s not uncommon for redness and inflammation to occur.

 

Bartholin’s cyst

Bartholin's cyst is known as Bartholin's cyst after (Caspar Bartholin) who describe accurately this gland in 1677.

A Bartholin's cyst appears when your Bartholin gland blocked that is situated within the labia and causes swelling on outside of the vagina and also pain during sex and walking. About 2 percent of women (mostly in their childbearing stage) will get Bartholin’s cysts. Many women won’t know they have a cyst unless it becomes infected. If there is no symptom there is no need for treatment. If the cyst has infected an abscess occurs that is typically red and vary painful with swelling to the surrounding area.

Causes of Bartholin’s cyst is unknown but it does not appear by sexually transmitted infection but gonorrhea may be causing this.

 

Sex without enough lubrication causes swelling vagina.

 Swelling in labia or vagina most of the time directly connected with your sexual activity that has had without any lubrication. Lubrication is an essential part of your sex when we don’t apply lubrication while mating we are inviting vaginal swelling, itching, and irritation to your genital parts.

If you have had mate then you can understand easily that mating is a work of friction and without proper lubrication, this friction can scratch your soft skin of genital parts and resulting swelling pain during intercourse and other issues.

So don’t forget to use lubrication while you go formate. How to find good lubrication here are some guidelines for best lubrication that help your to protect against labial swelling.

 

 How is it diagnosed?


 Your doctor (usually a gynecologist) will ask about your medical and sexual history, as well as your symptoms and then, do a physical exam. A swab or, less commonly, a tissue sample may be taken and sent to a lab to determine if you have an infection, and if so, whether it is bacterial, parasitic, or fungal in nature.

Your doctor will also look for any abnormalities, like a cyst. If there’s any suspicion of vaginal or vulvar cancer, your doctor may perform a biopsy of the tissue.

 

What is the treatment for vaginal swelling?

 Treatment will largely depend on what’s causing you to have a yeast infection, your doctor may tell you to use over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal creams or prescribe one to you. Bacterial infections may require antibiotics.

If you have common swelling problems because of allergies or yeast that can be treated by hydrocortisone or steroid cream. But you have Bartholin's cyst may not be cured by antibiotics and surgery is the only option to remove this gland to stop develop cancer.

vaginal itching

 

Self-care and prevention for labia swelling:

 At first, find out your main root cause of swelling then you can make some self-care tips to stop swelling or itching your vagina. Use Lukewarm water if problems are due to cyst and also you can take some painkiller according to your doctor's prescription.

 Avoid douching because it disturbs your good bacteria that help to balance your vaginal Ph balance and mismatch good and bad bacteria and resulting loss of good bacteria in your vagina and finally swelling in your vaginal.

 

·        Don’t wear tight clothing, including tight underwear or confining pantyhose.

·        Don’t use a latex condom

·        Must have good lubrication

·        Ate healthy food like yogurt

·        Don’t use scented products for your vaginal wash

·        Use cotton panty

·        Change your pad to the menstrual cup

In addition, you may want to investigate herbal treatments. In one study a vaginal cream made with garlic and thyme was as effective in relieving vaginal yeast infections as the commonly prescribed antifungal cream clotrimazole.

Tea tree oil, organic coconut oil, and oil of oregano may also be therapeutic, though this hasn’t been proven. Any of these herbal treatments may cause an itchy rash or other symptoms if you’re sensitive to them.

 

FAQ Related vaginal swelling

 

Vulvar swelling

Vulvar swelling or vaginal swelling is the same disease that looks different according to their sound. And their main cause is mention above if you are suffering from vaginal swelling then you should read this article carefully to understand the main reason swelling in labia or vulvar.

 

How to make the swelling go down from a yeast infection

Yeast infection is a common issue that causes infection swelling in your vulva or labia. If you find your swelling is just because of overgrowth of yeast that imbalance the vulva Ph and causes itching and swelling in your genital part. You can go with a home remedy for vaginal itching or swelling if your problem is due to yeast.

 

Vulvar swelling differential diagnosis

vulvar swelling, a genital itching irritation problem, but here you have to know more information about it to diagnosis it. Swelling of the vagina is sometimes because of infection or due to yeast candida fungi. If your problems are due to yeast then it diagnoses easily with home remedy or over the counter treatment. If your problem is internal and severe they if maybe diagnosis by some specialists and can be treated by operation so don’t foul play with your genital parts and make it fresh and healthy that keeps away swelling.

 

Vulvar swelling and bruising

Vulvar swelling is common during making a relationship with without proper lubrication that scratch your sensitive skin parts which also called bruising because without lube when you penetrate your penis inside it hit the soft walls of the vagina and this bruising tears the vaginal sensitive skins and we find swelling in vaginal and inflammation.

 First of all, find out the main reason for your vaginal swelling and then consult your doctor for the best treatment or go for a home remedy.

 

Yeast infection swelling

Yeast infection causes vaginal itching and swelling it is seen many times there are some symptoms of vaginal swelling due to yeast infection. Yeast infection is due to overgrowth of Candida fungi inside your a vagina that kills good bacteria that was quite essentials for your vaginal health, and got disturbed by fungi and causes swelling in vagina redness and many more irrigational problems.

 

Itchy swollen vag lips during pregnancy

During pregnancy some couple like to mate and they ejaculate their sperms on over the vagina that is protected by labia and this sperm are highly carbonated energy that causes itching sometimes we scratch without any mind and causes swelling irritation on labia or vaginal area.

 Or sometimes because of your health condition your vagina start discharge and that also causes swelling of your vagina during pregnancy.

 It is advised that if you are facing any problems like this in your pregnancy day must consult some specialists or you can read this article on how to cure vaginal itching during pregnancy.


Final words…

Vaginal itching and swelling are not serious problems most of the time it appears due to yeast infections and can easily treat at home with home remedies.

 Most cases of swollen labia aren’t serious. If the swelling is chronic, painful, or accompanied by other symptoms, such as a vaginal odor, bump, or discharge, definitely have it checked out by a doctor.

 Most women will recover without any lasting consequences, although in some cases the swelling can recur.

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