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Itching in the vaginal area can be caused by a yeast infection such as thrush. The symptoms may cause acute itching, burning, swelling of the labia and clitoris hood, and cottage cheese-like discharge. A majority of the time, itching down there is due to improper hygiene. But, how to stop vaginal itching? In any case, an uncomfortable vaginal itch is rarely a cause for concern and is often easily fixed. However, you should see a gynaecologist for a checkup just to be sure.
To find out the ways to prevent itching down there and how to maintain vaginal hygiene, HealthShots got in touch with Dr Swati Gaikwad, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Motherhood Hospital, Pune.
Dr Gaikwad says, “Vulvar itching impacts the female genitals, and it can be irritating, embarrassing, annoying, and stressful. However, it can be treated.”
Wear cotton underwear only! Cotton underwear provides adequate ventilation, allowing your skin to breathe and preventing sweating. There will be no moisture buildup if you wear an underwear that absorbs the sweat . Plus, it’s also a good idea to keep your period underwear separate from the rest of your underwear. It’s also advisable to change your underwear as needed.
Dr Gaikwad says, “It may seem weird, but you should moisturise your vaginal area on a regular basis. Because that area is so delicate, you can use coconut oil or any other non-fragranced moisturiser to avoid dryness.” But do not go overboard and do not push the product into your vaginal canal.
In order to promote good bacteria down there, you should consume foods such as probiotic foods, garlic, citrus foods, fibre rich foods, and cranberries. These foods are beneficial for preventing infections and itching down there. These foods can fight against the bad bacteria growth that can result in intimate health problems.
Clean your hands before and after inserting tampons and menstrual cups, and change your pads and tampons every 4-5 hours. Additionally, remember to clean your vaginal area every time you go to the bathroom to avoid itching. Pad rashes and foul odour will be avoided as a result of this technique.
“Although I would not recommend using a vaginal cleaning wash because the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. But, if you do use one, make sure it is soap and chemical free to keep the pH balance of your vagina up top,” Dr Gaikwad advises.
You should avoid douching or using cleaning wipes if you have vaginal irritation. Because your vagina is a self-cleaning organ, gently wash your vaginal area with water only. This will prevent infection as well.
Shaving hair in the pubic area causes razor burn and bumps. That’s why it makes the area prone to infection and bacteria. Dr Gaikwad says, “You should never use a razor on your vaginal skin, particularly if you have vaginal problems. Otherwise, you run the risk of contracting a skin infection known as skin folliculitis.”