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    Vaginal itching: 7 ways to stop itching down there

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Sep 20, 2023

    Vaginal itching can be incredibly uncomfortable, and it’s not always due to poor hygiene. While hygiene plays a role, there are other causes such as infections, hormonal imbalances, and chemical irritants. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are various methods and remedies that can help alleviate vaginal itching and restore comfort. We spoke with Dr. Seema Sharma, an experienced Obstetrician and Gynecologist, to learn more. Let’s explore some effective ways to combat vaginal itching and find relief.

    Avoid Strong Soaps and Perfumes

    Using strong soaps or douching on your vagina can disrupt its natural balance of healthy bacteria, leading to itching and discomfort. Dr. Sharma advises avoiding soaps with perfume and opting for gentle, mild products specifically formulated for the vaginal area.

    Consider Probiotic Supplements

    Probiotic supplements can be a game-changer in preventing chronic bacterial vaginosis. These supplements help restore the balance of good bacteria in the vagina, keeping the bad bacteria under control.

    Soothe Dry Skin with Colloidal Oatmeal

    If your vaginal itching is caused by dry or irritated skin, a colloidal oatmeal bath can work wonders. Simply add a cup or two of oatmeal to a warm bath and soak for about 20 minutes. The oatmeal will provide soothing relief to the irritated skin.

    Try a Baking Soda Bath

    Baking soda is known for its ability to eliminate the yeast infection-causing bacteria, Candida, and relieve vaginal itch. Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a warm bath and soak for 10 to 15 minutes to experience its soothing effects.

    Explore Apple Cider Vinegar Baths

    Apple cider vinegar possesses antimicrobial properties that can aid in treating yeast infections. Some people find relief by soaking in a bath with apple cider vinegar for 10 to 40 minutes. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying this home remedy, as it may cause skin irritation for some individuals.

    Discover the Benefits of a Sitz Bath

    A sitz bath, a warm water bath aimed at relieving discomfort in the perineum region, can help reduce pain, itching, and irritation. By soaking this area in warm water, you promote healing and increase blood flow to the tissues.

    Consider Vaginal Moisturizers, Antifungal, or Steroid Creams

    If you’re dealing with infections or skin conditions, over-the-counter or prescribed medications can provide relief. For yeast infections, creams containing active ingredients such as butoconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, and/or terconazole can be effective. Additionally, vaginal moisturizers can be beneficial for postmenopausal women or those with dry skin conditions.

    It’s crucial to correctly identify the type of infection or condition before using any creams or medications. Using the wrong cream could worsen the itch.

    What to Avoid During Vaginal Itching

    To prevent vaginal itching, there are certain practices you should avoid:

    • Applying talcum powder to the private area
    • Using scented products like tampons, vaginal sprays, or bubble baths
    • Washing clothes with scented detergent
    • Daily douching

    Tips to Prevent Vaginal Itching

    Here are some preventative measures you can take to avoid vaginal itching:

    • Use fragrance-free soap for intimate hygiene
    • Opt for cotton underwear to allow airflow and minimize irritation
    • Choose loose-fitting clothes to prevent excessive moisture build-up
    • Change out of damp clothes as soon as possible after a workout
    • Use barrier methods like condoms during sexual activity to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections
    • Consider using water-soluble lubricants to ensure comfortable intercourse

    By following these tips and remedies, you can relieve vaginal itching and maintain your overall vaginal health. Remember, if the itching persists or worsens, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Take charge of your vaginal well-being and bid farewell to uncomfortable itching.

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