Possible Causes of Chronic Genital Itching
Q: I stumbled across your website in search of answers to our 4 year-old daughter's
chronic genital itching. For almost 2 years, she/we have battled numerous UTIs,
yeast infections, and other feminine itching. We notice that the symptoms are
at their worst after she's been swimming in a pool. She does drink the water
even though we have desperately discouraged her from doing this. Is it possible
to be internally allergic to chlorine? There is obviously much more to the story
than what I have told you. If you need more details and you think you may have
any insight for us, please let me know.
Dr. Donnica: Most people have skin or respiratory sensitivity to
chlorine, it just depends upon their level of sensitivity and their level of
exposure. It does not have to be ingested to cause this effect; skin exposure
is enough. It is possible that this may be contributing to her "feminine
itching," but unlikely that it has any effect on the UTIs or yeast infections.
Do you remember whether the yeast infections came before or after the UTIs?
Yeast infections are a common complication/side effect of antibiotic therapy,
the mainstay of treatment for UTIs. The most common cause of UTIs in a 4 year-old
girl is improper wiping habits after using the toilet. There are also other
causes, including everything from allergies to laundry detergents to anatomical
variations. These are all issues you need to discuss with her doctor.
I hope this information helps.
Donnica Moore, MD
Created: 10/25/2003  - Donnica Moore, M.D.