Do you suffer from chronic vaginitis and can’t find relief from over-the-counter treatments? You may have what is called allergic vaginitis, where typical allergy symptoms occur in the vagina. Because the vaginal area has all of the potential allergic tendencies that the nasal and sinus areas do, women can have a reaction far from the respiratory tract.
The vaginal mucosa can have an allergic response that leads to symptoms like:
- Itching and irritation
- Pain during urination and intercourse
- Change in color or odor of discharge
These symptoms can relate to two types of allergic vaginitis:
- The first form of allergic vaginitis comes from being allergic to natural yeast in the vagina, sometimes called candida. Some women develop enough yeast over time and, in turn, they actually become allergic to that, which can cause chronic symptoms.
- The second is, as strange as it sounds, caused by airborne and food allergens. When a woman is exposed to airborne allergy or food that they are allergic to, symptoms can appear in the vagina.
Allergists are often focused on the sinuses and respiratory tract, while gynecologists focus more on infections. Because of this, the relationship between vaginitis and allergy isn’t always recognized, and therefore not diagnosed, which can cause those with chronic allergic vaginitis to suffer without treatment.
Being diagnosed with allergic vaginitis is not a dead end; effective treatment is available. While antihistamines help control symptoms temporarily, conducting allergy testing and determining the root cause of the reaction can help provide relief. Custom sublingual immunotherapy may be used to help create long-term tolerance to allergens and avoid chronic vaginitis.