ZocdocAnswersWhat could be the cause of redness and itching of the clitoris?

Question

What could be the cause of redness and itching of the clitoris?

Help! My clitoris has been red and itchy for the past couple of weeks! I thought it would go away on it's own, but nothing. i'm worried this could be some sort of an std, or an infection. i'm 34 years old.

Answer

Since this has been going on for a few weeks without getting better, it would definitely be a good idea to see either your primary care doctor or your OB GYN doctor for an opinion about what is going on. One possibility is that this could be a yeast infection. Yeast infections of the vagina and the surrounding structures are very common, and they tend to cause the sort of redness and itching that you are describing. Other symptoms might include vaginal discharge, which is usually white. Another possibility is that this is an allergic or contact reaction. For example, many individuals might have this reaction to new soaps or other personal care products that they are sensitive to. It would be a good idea to think about whether there are any new products that you are using, as these might have triggered the problem. Your doctor will be able to take a look and help figure out exactly what is going on. If this turns out to be a yeast infection, it should clear up nicely with a topical anti-fungal medication. On the other hand, if this is a contact or allergic reaction, it may require a steroid cream to clear up, or it may just require identifying and removing the offending agent. Book an appointment today!

This answer is for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or (in the United States) 911 immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment. Medical professionals who provide responses to health-related questions are intended third party beneficiaries with certain rights under Zocdoc’s Terms of Service.