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why is one side of my vulva swollen

One side of my labia minora has swollen and become quite itchy. What could this be caused by and will it subside without treatment? There could be a number of causes for this, but none of them serious; you'll be pleased to know. Irritation in this area is a real nuisance, not to say an embarrassment. It does not sound like, because it is confined to the labia and you do not mention any. Coming up as quickly as this, it is most likely to be some form of
or dermatitis, and the commonest causes of this in this area is a reaction to something you are coming into contact with.

This could be to do with clothing say the material of your underwear or jeans. Or it could be a vaginal deodorant or spray if you use one, or even a bath additive of some sort. This is a very sensitive area, so think about whether there is something you are coming into contact with in this region that might be causing it. For relief try getting some 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream.

This is mild, but very good for relieving itching and inflammation, and you can buy it over the counter quite cheaply. If it doesn't settle down or you get other symptoms as well, such as redness and pain, which might indicate local infection, then you should check with your GP. Last updated 06. 11. 2013 The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action.

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