What is internal itching?

Internal itching refers to any itching that occurs in a body cavity or orifice. Unlike a standard itch, which occurs on the skin and is therefore easy to combat with a fingernail, an internal itch can occur in the nasal cavity, mouth, anus or vagina. Therefore, it is more difficult to relieve. Also, the causes tend to be more complex.

Internal itching in the nasal cavity or mouth, for example, is usually associated with an infection, such as a cold or a simple allergy. However, there are more than 50 medical conditions known to cause nasal itching and more than 160 associated with oral itching. The most common include allergies, infections, dry skin, bites and stings, chronic illnesses, and ulcers. In case a person is not sure what caused their itching, the best recommendation is to visit a doctor.

When internal itching occurs in the anal cavity, it indicates that there is inflammation around the skin in the lower part of the rectum. It is most commonly caused by diarrhea, especially after an individual has developed food poisoning after eating spoiled food or has eaten especially spicy food. It is also associated with intestinal worms, hemorrhoids, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In fact, there are over 70 medical causes listed. Although food poisoning is the most common reason for internal itching in the anus, there is a possibility that it is also an infectious diarrheal disease.

Vaginal itching is a form of internal itching where a woman experiences irritation in the vagina. It is traditionally associated with vaginal infections, such as a yeast infection or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). However, chemical irritants, menopause, stress, birth control, and intestinal worms can also cause vaginal itching. Internal vaginal itching usually gets better on its own. However, if it continues or goes away and then comes back, the woman most likely has a serious condition.

There are some home treatments for internal vaginal itching, but they are only used for minor conditions, such as a yeast infection. In general, women should avoid scented douches or toilet paper, wear panties that don't contain synthetic fibers, and always use a condom. However, ideally, a woman should avoid any sexual activity while she is experiencing itching.

In the event that the itching is caused by a serious condition, doctors will usually prescribe topical or oral medications. For example, vaginosis and STDs are usually treated with antibiotics, while yeast infections are treated with antifungal creams. Other medications may include estrogen cream, estrogen tablets, and steroid lotions.

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