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What is the cause of irritation and pain in the vagina?

Q: Sometimes I feel irritation in the vagina. It's kind of a sweet pain. But it puts me off from sexual pleasure or any other activity. How can I get rid of this? I have tried applying mustard oil, which works. But I want a proper treatment. It recurs every 3-4 months. Please advise.

A:Vaginitis is vaginal inflammation or infection of any type. Vaginal itching is a common symptom that needs prompt professional medical diagnosis. It can be due to vulval itch, vaginal infections due to bacteria, fungi or viruses or trichomonas, Chemical allergy to soap, perfume, dye, douche, etc. Please consult a gynaecologist so that appropriate tests can be done as the treatment depends on the underlying cause.

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