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Vaginal Itching or Irritation

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Definition:

  • Genital itching or burning in young girls (before puberty)
  • No pain or burning when passing urine

Cause

  • Main Cause in Young Girls.  Bubble bath, shampoo or soap in bath water. Soap can cause the genital area to become red, sore or itchy.  This is called “soap vulvitis”.  Using a soapy washcloth can also be the cause.
  • This only occurs in young girls before puberty. Breast buds are the first sign of puberty. The average onset of puberty is 10 years.
  • Sometimes, it is due to poor hygiene or back to front wiping.
  • If the vagina becomes infected, a vaginal discharge will occur.

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