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Clitoral itching is quite common and can stem from many other causes. There are many different and possible explanations for an itchy clitoris, and usually depends on the diagnosis and whether woman suffers from vaginal discharge too, while fungal infections are the most common cause of clitoral itching.

In many cases, the same organisms tend to cause vaginal yeast infections, especially in older women and older girls. If you are prescribed antifungal medications, and are not responding, then the itching could be from bacteria from your hands, fecal matter, and even contact dermatitis. It is also possible that the yeast infection is resistant to the cream being used.

Other possible causes include but are not limited to: sensitivity to chemicals, soaps and perfumes; a buildup of smegma, which is a white substance that tends to show up on male and female genitalia. It is usually caused from the shedding of skin cells.

Although harmless, smegma can trigger an itchy clitoris if it builds up. However, it is generally harmless, unless it is allowed to build up especially around the upper part of the labia minor and the upper 'hood' causing an itchy clitoris. You can wet a q-tip with warm water and gently clean the inner areas of your clitoral hood. Gain, please be gentle.

Stress can also trigger vaginal itching, so ask yourself: Have I been under a lot of stress lately? Dehydration and dryness; infected hair follicles; a negative reaction to the material from one's underwear; over-stimulation or physical irritation from masturbation or intense, vigorous and very frequent sexual stimulation; infected hair follicles or sexually transmitted diseases(STDs) can also trigger an itchy clitoris.

Although the condition is annoying, difficult and unbearable, it is never a good idea to 'play doctor.' In many cases, most women can and do use Monistat to help relieve the itchiness.

However, please note that you could be treating yourself for a condition you do not have. Rather, you should schedule an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are some things you can do to alleviate the itchiness and some things you just should AVOID.

  • As annoying as it is, try not to scratch your clitoral area while you are experiencing this itching, and avoid situations that will cause you to become hot, sweat profusely or overexert yourself.
  • Try wearing non-hyper allergenic underwear (no synthetic fibers), avoid colored (dyed) toilet paper, and instead of using heavily fragranced or perfumed soaps and bath gels, opt for just plain, simple and unscented soap instead.
  • Although rare, weight gain and obesity can trigger vaginal itching as well. Monitor your weight with diet and exercise and be sure to control blood sugar levels, and get tested for diabetes, which can also cause itching.
  • Stay away from vaginal douches and hygiene sprays and lotions. The vagina is capable of cleansing itself, and also maintains a certain PH level, unless there is a problem.
  • Be sure to keep your genital area clean and dry at all times, and remember to clean from front to back and not from your anal area to your vaginal area. By doing so, you avoid any traces of fecal matter getting into the vaginal area.
  • Avoid wearing wet clothing, such as underwear, swimsuits and so on.
  • Please check with your doctor before starting all new regimens, including this: However, consuming more plain yogurt with live cultures, as well as probiotics, especially if you are on certain medications such as antibiotics can also help.
  • Since it is unclear what is causing your condition, it would be a good idea to avoid sexual activities until your condition is cleared up. However, if you must, use condoms to reduce the risk of getting or passing on a STD. Also, if you must, consider using a non-hyper-allergenic lubricant or gel during sex.

Everything considered an itchy clitoris can stem from many different sources and causes. As such, it is always best to see a gynecologist as soon as possible.

He or she will be able to diagnose the condition, decide what the best course of treatment should be, and monitor your condition. As always, play it safe and avoid taking chances by attempting to diagnose and treat yourself.

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