The most common cause of a flaky vagina are related to allergic reactions and skin conditions such as dermatitis. An allergic reaction can occur in response to one of many allergens or irritants. Sometimes other skin conditions many also cause flaky skin in the vagina, although most skin conditions are also caused by similar underlying issues as those which cause allergies. Additional symptoms may also be present.
Allergic reactions are the most common cause of a flaky vagina. These can be caused by a wide range of substances or materials. Laundry detergents, soap, douches, and feminine hygiene products are also potential causes of an allergic reaction of the vagina. To avoid them, women should refrain from using scented products near the vagina. This also includes feminine sprays and scented toilet paper.
Additional symptoms are also typically present during an allergic reaction. These may include itching, scaling, redness, and vaginal discharge. Hives and other skin eruptions may also be present. In the case of an allergic reaction, any sources of irritation should be removed from the area immediately. A doctor should also be consulted to determine the best type of treatment to alleviate symptoms.
Dermatitis is another potential cause of a flaky vagina. This is a skin condition which causes itching and dry skin. When skin becomes too dry, it is prone to flaking and scaling. The constant moisture of the vagina may actually make dermatitis worse if it becomes severe. Skin creams and other treatments may be needed to ease symptoms and alleviate dryness.
It is important for women to keep a close watch on their symptoms since many signs caused by conditions which cause a flaky vagina may also be typical of certain other conditions. Sexually transmitted diseases may also cause hives, itching, vaginal discharge, and redness around the vagina and vulva.
Sometimes it may be difficult to determine the source of an allergic reaction. Anything with fragrance should be ruled out first, followed by any other products or items which may have come in contact with the vagina. In some cases, a flaky vagina may be caused by spermicidal jellies, underwear, sanitary napkins or tampons, soaps, and even certain fabrics or fibers. If symptoms persist after all known potential sources of irritation are removed, a doctor should be notified immediately.