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Genital itching Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Genital itching. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the genital itching?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. What parts of the genitals are affected?

    Why: e.g. vulva, vagina, penis, scrotum.

  3. Are there other areas of the body that are itchy?

    Why: e.g. hands, scalp, anus.

  4. Risk factors for tinea cruris ("Jock itch")?

    Why: e.g. warm, humid environment, tight clothing in men, obesity, chronic topical corticosteroid application.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, obesity, AIDS, Sjogren's syndrome, Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, polyendocrine deficiency syndrome type 1, bone marrow transplant can predispose to Candida infections.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. corticosteroids, cancer cytotoxic drugs, antibiotics, oral contraceptives can predispose to Candida infections; chronic corticosteroid application may predispose to tinea cruris.

  7. Sexual history?

    Why: may help determine risk of HIV infection (which may predispose to many types of infections), genital herpes, trichomoniasis, pubic lice.

  8. Symptoms of vaginal candidiasis?

    Why: onset often abrupt, usually the week before the menstruation and symptoms may recur before each menstruation. Genital itch, vaginal discharge, vaginal soreness, vulvar burning, painful intercourse, stinging of the urine.

  9. Symptoms of Diabetes?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, increased infections - Diabetes is a major risk factor for vaginal candidiasis.

  10. Menopausal symptoms?

    Why: e.g. palpitations, hot flushes, night sweats, lightheadedness, dry skin, dry vagina, mood change. The estrogen withdrawal in menopause causes atrophic vaginitis (thinning and dryness of the vaginal skin) which predisposes to vaginal candidiasis and genital itch.

  11. Symptoms of scabies?

    Why: e.g. very itchy, lumpy rash, may be able to see tiny mite burrows in the skin that look like small wavy lines, also common on hands and wrists.

  12. Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. urethritis (painful urination with penile discharge), conjunctivitis (red painful eyes) and painful peripheral joints. Lesions on palms, soles, penis and mouth. 90% of those affected are male.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Genital itching:

The following list of conditions have 'Genital itching' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Genital itching:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Genital itching' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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