Vaginal burning and redness

Does it feel like your vagina is on fire every time you pee? Is the area around your vaginal opening red and/or swollen? Maybe you’re even seeing small cracks or sores on the sensitive skin of the vulva? Then you may have vaginitis, which is just a fancier word for vaginal irritation. While many women associate a burning vaginal area with urinary tract infection, vaginal irritation may just as well be caused by a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, dryness or a sexually transmitted disease. Redness and burning in the vaginal area are usually accompanied by severe irritation and burning vaginal pain, and can negatively affect your quality of life unless treated. Depending on what’s causing your burning vaginal area, there are many effective over-the-counter treatments that can help. And the faster you get treatment the better!

Vaginal burning treatment

The treatment of a red and burning vagina varies depending on what’s causing the symptoms. One of the most common causes of vaginal irritation is yeast infection, which can be treated with Multi-Gyn FloraPlus, a safe prebiotic gel that stimulates the beneficial bacteria in the vagina and gives immediate relief from irritation and itchiness. For BV, try Multi-Gyn ActiGel. This gel has a direct soothing effect on irritations and other vaginal discomforts. All gels are natural based products that you can buy online or at your local pharmacy without a prescription. If the irritation and burning vaginal pain don’t go away after you’ve tried an over-the-counter product, it could be a sign of a more serious infection or an STD that needs to be treated with antibiotics or other prescription drugs. Always consult with your doctor if you’re not sure what’s causing your symptoms, so that you can get a diagnosis and appropriate medication.

Vaginal burning relief

The vagina sometimes gets irritated from allergens and things in our environment that you’d least suspect. Some simple lifestyle changes can help keep your vaginal area healthy and give you relief from redness, burning and other bothersome vaginal symptoms:

  • Only wear loose-fitting, 100% cotton underwear
  • Don’t clean your vagina more than once a day
  • Avoid using soaps, sprays and perfumes in the vagina
  • Avoid using perfumed toilet paper, tampons, pantyliners and other scented hygiene products
  • Sleep without underwear
  • Avoid wearing tight pants and sitting around in a wet swimsuit

Vaginal burning causes

Irritation, redness and a burning vaginal area are common symptoms of several vaginal conditions. Often, but not always, they’re a sign of changes in your bacterial flora that cause overgrowth of harmful microbes and a drop in the beneficial bacteria that regulate the acidity in the vagina and protect it against infection. Usually, redness, burning and painful urination are accompanied by other symptoms that can help explain what the underlying problem is.

  • Yeast infection. A burning vaginal area combined with severe itch and thick, white discharge that resembles cottage cheese usually indicates yeast infection.
  • Bacterial vaginosis (BV). If your vagina and vaginal discharge have a strong, fishy smell, BV is likely the culprit behind the irritation.
  • Vaginal dryness. Abnormal discharge, itch, frequent urinary tract infections and a burning vaginal pain when you’re having sex may indicate vaginal dryness, especially if you’ve been through or are just entering menopause.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Several STDs can cause redness and a burning vaginal area. Contact a doctor any time you notice painful blisters, unusual discharge, stomach pain, swelling around the vagina or bleeding after sex or between periods.