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Vaginal Itching: Causes, Remedies, Management

by Digital Team 27 Jun 2024

We get it, it feels embarrassing. This pesky itch in your vaginal area is driving you insane, but you are too shy to visit the doctors and that’s why you are here. In fact, this issue is more common than you think, and many women experience it at least once in their life. Vaginal itching might occur at the most unanticipated and inappropriate situations, leaving you feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious. Continue reading to find out the underlying reasons and remedies to tackle the itch.

What are the causes of vaginal itching?

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Yeast infection is one of the most prevalent causes of vaginal irritation. These infections result from an overgrowth of the yeast fungus Candida. Some of the symptoms are itching, burning, and a thick white discharge. Several things can cause yeast infections:
  • Antibiotic usage
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Weakened immune system

Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is another common cause of itching. While bacteria can be normally found in a vagina, Bacterial Vaginosis happens when the natural bacteria levels in the vagina is imbalanced, which causes symptoms like:
  • Fishy odour
  • Thin greyish or white discharge
  • Burning during urination
  • Vaginal Itching

Bacterial Vaginosis is also frequently associated with having sexual contact with new or different partners.

Allergen or Irritant

Itching can be caused by products we use daily. Common irritants are scented soaps, scented laundry detergent, fabric softeners, period products and toilet paper.

Skin condition

Eczema and psoriasis may both cause itching and pain in the vagina. These are long-term problems that frequently need the attention of a dermatologist.

Menopause

Hormonal changes caused by menopause can lead to vaginal dryness and itching. The reduction in oestrogen levels can thin the vaginal walls resulting in dry and itchy vagina tissues.


A natural treatment

Oatmeal Cream

Made with natural oatmeal and shea butter, this soothing oatmeal cream from Vagisil has a gentle and moisturising formula that relieves itch associated with dry skin, chafing, post bikini shave and wax. Its gentle formula forms a protective emollient to provide fast soothing relief for sensitive skin. It is non-medicated and suitable for daily use. An effective treatment for vaginal itching using natural ingredients.

Vagisil Soothing Oatmeal Cream

How to manage and prevent vaginal itching

Adopt good personal hygiene practices

Maintaining proper hygiene is critical. It is essential to clean the area with a mild, hypoallergenic feminine wash instead of regular soaps. After showering, dry your intimate area completely as moisture may promote yeast growth. Change your pads, tampons and liners regularly during your period to avoid prolonged contact with menstrual blood.

Wear breathable items

Whenever possible, choose cotton underwear and pants. Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing instead of tight synthetic pants. This allows maximum air ventilation which reduces the likelihood of sweat and moisture being trapped, keeping the region dry.

Maintain a healthy diet

Our diet plays a critical role in minimising vaginal itching. Reducing sugar intake can help avoid yeast development leading to infections. Consuming probiotics such as yogurt and probiotic supplements can increase the “good” bacteria in the vagina. Staying hydrated by drinking adequate amount of water allows your body to flush out toxins.

Avoid Irritants

Switching to fragrance-free and hypoallergenic products can help relieve discomfort. Using organic cotton pads can lead to significantly less to no vaginal irritation when you are on your period.

How To Stop Itching Down There Immediately

Get immediate itch relief with Vagisil Medicated Creme as it instantly cools and soothes the itchy and burning skin fast while providing long lasting relief. This is the ideal solution for severe itching as it contains the active ingredient 2% lidocaine that quickly brings you relief from the discomfort.
Note: This product is intended for short-term usage. If symptoms persist for more than seven days, do consult a doctor.

Vagisil Medicated Creme

When should you see a doctor?

Seek medical attention if:
  • Your symptoms are persistent despite over-the-counter remedies
  • There is unusual discharge with odour and distinct colour
  • You are experiencing severe pain
  • There are frequent infections

Takeaway

You are not alone! Vaginal itching is a common problem for many women.  Once we give delicate care and attention, we can feel comfortable and confident again.

Don't allow vaginal irritation to disrupt your daily life anymore, practice good hygiene by using specialised vaginal care products.

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