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I often see white bad smelling vaginal discharge between periods. The skin around is sensitive and its itches too badly.

Last Updated - Fri, Mar 16 2018

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Hello doctor,

Often in between two periods I see an off white discharge (with soft white bits in it) with a raw kind of smell. This discharge when comes in contact with the skin of the vulva i.e. folds of the labias (that often cracks as a result of my overall dry skin) starts itching. 
There is also a spot on the inner surface of the left labia major where the skin is a bit too sensitive & itches so bad that sometimes even gets inflammatory, then few tiny warts appear & a clear fluid oozes out from the broken skin. On insertion of a finger inside the vagina I have felt the walls are rough. It seems like small warts again & inside the folds of that walls of the canal resides these soft white bits that come out along with the fluid. I don't understand what's wrong with me. 

Please pour some light on the matter & kindly help.

Category: Gynaecology


Dr. Garima Sawhney

M.S.- Obstetrics &Gynaecology
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College & Hospital, Pune

You have a vaginal infection called Candidiasis. This is a common fungal infection that causes the itching and other symptoms you describe. You can use Candid V gel around the vulva to avoid this and cure the disease. You can also consult a Gynecologist for further questions you may have. 

Also maintain hygiene and use a feminine wash such as V wash around your intimate areas once or twice a day like a normal shampoo because this infection may return and hygiene is the only way to prevent it.



Candidiasis

Candidiasis, commonly known as vaginal yeast infections, are a common female condition. Yeast infections are caused by the fungus Candida. This fungus is associated with intense itching, swelling, and irritation. 
According to a research, 75% of the women will experience a yeast infection at one point in their lives. Once you get a yeast infection, you’re more likely to get another one.
These infections can be spread by sexual contact, but in general they aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection. Treatment for these infections is relatively simple, depending on their severity.


Causes of Candidiasis:

The imbalance that allows the overgrowth of Candidiasis causing yeast to happen can be due to:

  • antibiotics (they lower the amount of lactobacillus, or good bacteria, in the vagina)
  • pregnancy
  • weak immune system
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • hormonal imbalance near your menstrual cycle
  • poor eating habits, including a lot of sugary foods
  • stress
  • lack of sleep


Symptoms of Candidiasis:

Frequent symptoms include:

  • itching
  • burning
  • pain during sex
  • large or small amounts of vaginal discharge, often whitish gray and thick (although there are also times the discharge can be watery)
  • rash
  • soreness



General advice:

  • Use a soap substitute to clean the vulval area (advise the patient not to use internally and not to use more than once daily).
  • Use an emollient to moisturise the vulval skin.
  • Wear loose-fitting underwear (although there is little evidence to support this).
  • Avoid applying topical irritants such as perfumed products.
  • Good hygiene.

Dr. Garima Sawhney

M.S.- Obstetrics &Gynaecology
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College & Hospital, Pune

Dr. Garima Sawhney is a Gynecologist in Gurgaon. Her expertise and utmost care and compassion for her patients makes her one of the most sought-after Gynecologists.

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Bad smelling white vaginal discharge and itching between periods

I often see white bad smelling vaginal discharge between periods. The skin around is sensitive and its itches too badly. Please help.
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