The presence or excess growth of yeast cells, bacteria, or viruses can cause a vaginal burning. A vaginal infection may occur when there is a change in the normal healthy balance of organisms in the vagina.
The three most common types of vaginal burning are:
* Candida vulvovaginitis (yeast infections).
* Bacterial infections (bacterial vaginosis).
* Parasitic infections (Trichomonas vaginitis).
The following conditions may cause a change in vaginal discharge.
* Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chlamydia or gonorrhea
* Infection of the cervix (cervicitis)
* Viral vaginitis, such as human papillomavirus (HPV), or herpes
* Noninfectious vaginitis, such as:
o An allergic reaction or irritation from chemicals
o Hormone changes related to menopause (atrophic vaginitis)
o A change in the balance of organisms in a normal healthy vagina because of antibiotic medication use
Common symptoms of vaginal infection include:
* Increase or change in vaginal discharge, including gray, green, or yellow colored discharge. See what is normal vaginal discharge?
* Vaginal or genital redness and swelling.
* Vaginal or genital itching.
* Vaginal or genital pain.
* Vaginal odor.
* Burning with urination.
* Pain or bleeding with sexual intercourse.
Any young girl with unusual vaginal symptoms should be evaluated by her health professional to determine the cause and assess for possible sexual abuse.
Any pregnant woman with vaginal symptoms should talk with her health professional about her symptoms before considering any home treatment measures. Some home treatment measures may not be appropriate, depending on the cause of the vaginal burning. Conditions such as bacterial vaginosis can affect the pregnancy or harm the developing fetus, so it is important to talk with your health professional and be treated appropriately.
Treatment depends on the cause of your vaginal burning and the severity of your symptoms.