Itching anywhere on the body can be uncomfortable, the vaginal area in particular can cause embarrassment as well as discomfort, it’s not easy to scratch a vaginal itch especially in a public place, the itch may occur during an office meeting or whilst shopping. Genital itching if persistent can be a major concern and it may be necessary to consult a doctor, however, if it occurs less frequently then it may be cured by home remedies.
There are many causes of vaginal itching and is fairly common amongst women of all ages, thus, if you are suffering from the symptoms there is nothing to be embarrassed of, as almost every woman once in her life time may suffer from a temporary episode of vaginal itching.
What causes vaginal itching?
There are a number of reasons why vaginal itching may occur, this includes the following:
This may be the most common cause of vaginal itching, as 3 in 4 women have said to have suffered it, it is a fungal infection, the symptoms include; itching, yellow discharge with an odour and pain while urinating.
It is common to have bacteria down there but sometimes the wrong kind of bacteria can cause itching.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD)
STD’s such as chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhoea can be a cause of vaginal itching and irritation.
The chemical from pads or contraceptive methods and the rubbing of certain material against the skin can be another factor that causes itch in the vaginal area.
Menopause can cause irritation in the vaginal area, because during this time the body produces Estrogen, which causes the walls of the vagina to thin and become dry. Thus, causing vaginal itching.
If you are searching for a solution to vaginal itching there are many home remedies available to treat the discomfort, however, if despite efforts the problems still persists it is important to visit a doctor. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics or a cream which is to be applied internally.
Home Remedies for Vaginal Itching
1: Salt Bath
Salt has anti-bacterial properties, having a bath with some salt added in the water can provide effective relief from itching, as the salt content would help in removing the bacteria. Add half a cup of salt to the bathful of water and soak in it for a while. Paying particular attention to the vaginal area, cleaning around the walls with a foam. This would kill the bacteria and provide instant relief.
2: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar seems like the solution to every problem, sore throat, weight loss, etc. It is not so surprisingly also the solution to vaginal itching. As it is full of anti bacterial and anti fungal elements it is an excellent source of relief from the infection. Add two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of warm water and wash your private area with the mixture twice a day or for a few days after urinating.
3: Keep The Area Dry
It is important to keep the area dry and not allow there to be any sweat or water in the are as this can be a major cause of irritation, wipe the area dry with tissue after using the toilet.
Yoghurt has certain cultures that can effectively fight bad bacteria. This is the reason why yoghurt may be recommended when you have an upset stomach. It removes toxic bacteria. Similarly yoghurt can be used to treat vaginal itching, it is not to be applied directly to the area but in fact consumed once a day, for effective measures the yoghurt must be unsweetened and made of goats milk. It will give immediate relief from the itching.
Garlic is known to have antibacterial properties and is therefore used to cure cold and flues. It is an effective treatment for vaginal infections as its antibacterial properties will help in fighting the bacteria present in the vagina. It could be consumed or a paste could be applied to the private area but make sure to use a muslin cloth to apply the paste.
The above stated remedies can be a substantial cure to vaginal itching, other measures can also be used to find relief from the uncomfortable infection. This includes taking certain precautions, such as , as mentioned above, keep the area dry, avoid sweating and water in the area for a while. Sweating can be avoided by wearing lose clothes or discontinuing physical activity such as Exercise for a short while. Keep the area clean by washing with soap everyday and keeping pubic hair trimmed, use unscented body powder as it would absorb any liquids. These general measures may be enough to curb the issue, however if despite the above mentioned measures the problem still continues, it is essential that you visit a Doctor to ensure that the problem is not serious such as psoriasis.