If you suffer from chronic vaginitis and can’t find relief from over-the-counter treatments, you might have 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.
Allergic vaginitis symptoms:
- 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, rather than developing “typical” allergy symptoms in the upper airway, symptoms can appear in the vagina.
Because allergists are typically focused on the sinuses and respiratory tract, while gynecologists’ focus is more commonly on infections, the relationship between vaginitis and allergy isn’t always recognized and diagnosed. This can cause those with chronic allergic vaginitis to suffer without treatment. Recent research found that allergy drop therapy can be helpful to address the cause.
How can allergy drops help allergic vaginitis?
Being diagnosed with allergic vaginitis is not a dead end; effective treatment is available. While antihistamines help control symptoms temporarily, allergy testing can help determine the root cause of the reaction and can help provide relief. Custom allergy drops may be used to help create long-term tolerance to allergens that trigger chronic vaginitis.