Vaginal itching often happens due to hygiene issues. But there are more causes of vaginal itching like infections, estrogen hormone deficiency and chemical irritants such as creams or even condoms. So, you shouldn’t just assume that it’s itchy down there just because of lack of intimate hygiene. It is important to keep your vagina clean, but you can also try home remedies or other methods to do away with vaginal itching.
To find out how to stop vaginal itching, Health Shots connected with Dr Seema Sharma, Head Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Daffodils by Artemis, Jaipur.
Ways to stop vaginal itching
Home remedies for vaginal itching work best only when the cause of vaginal itching and discomfort is properly diagnosed. If there is no major infection or possibility of malignancy, you can try out some of these options. Here’s what you can do!
1. Avoid strong soaps and perfumes
Soaps or daily douching is not suitable for your vagina. They can throw off its natural and healthy bacterial balance. Even using wrong soap can make it itchy for you. In general, products used in the vaginal area shouldn’t have any perfume in them, and should be as gentle and mild as possible, says Dr Sharma.
2. Probiotic supplement
Such supplements may help to prevent bacterial vaginosis from becoming a chronic issue. Probiotics help to build the good bacteria in the vagina and prevent the bad bacteria from growing out of control.
3. Colloidal oatmeal
It is great way to soothe dry skin. If your vagina is itchy because of irritated or flaky skin, soak in an oatmeal bath! Just add a cup or two of oatmeal to a warm bath and soak in it for about 20 minutes.
4. Baking soda bath
Baking soda is known for killing the bacteria candida that causes yeast infections and alleviates vaginal itch. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a warm bath and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Apple cider vinegar bath
Apple cider vinegar’s antimicrobial properties may help to treat yeast infections. It is believed to kill strains of candida. Because of this, some people believe in soaking in a bath with apple cider vinegar for 10 to 40 minutes. But apple cider vinegar can lead to skin irritation, so discuss with a gynecologist before trying this home remedy, warns Dr Sharma.
6. Sitz Bath
Sitz bath is a warm water bath that helps to relieve discomfort in the perineum region. Soaking this area in warm water relaxes you and in turn, helps to increase blood flow through the tissues. This promotes healing and reducing the pain, itching and irritation.
7. Vaginal moisturisers, antifungal or steroid cream
Over-the-counter or prescribed medications can treat infections as well as skin conditions. For yeast infection, a cream with butoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and/or terconazole as an active ingredient can be used, says Dr Sharma. If the skin around vagina is flaky or red and bumpy, talk to a gynecologist or dermatologist. Vaginal moisturisers are especially beneficial for postmenopausal ladies and with dry skin conditions, says the expert.
Before treating anything, be sure about the type of infection or condition you have, as applying the wrong cream could worsen the itch.
Avoid doing these during vaginal itching
There are several things that should be avoided to prevent vaginal itching.
• Applying talcum powder on private area
• Using scented products such as tampons, vaginal sprays or bubble baths,
• Washing clothes with scented detergent
• Daily douching
Things to do to avoid vaginal itching
Vaginal and vulval itchiness can be prevented by doing the following:
• Using fragrance-free soap
• Wearing cotton underwear
• Choosing loose-fitting clothes
• Getting out of damp clothes after workout as soon as possible
• Using barrier methods like condoms while having sex to avoid sexually transmitted infections
• Using water-soluble lubricant