Best home remedies to stop vaginal itching

Vaginal itching can be quite uncomfortable. That's exactly why you can try out these tips to stop vaginal itching.
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These tips can help you relieve vaginal itching. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock
Natalia Ningthoujam Updated: 23 Mar 2024, 12:12 pm IST
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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 over-the-counter medications to do away with vaginal itching.

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!

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Never neglect your vaginal health. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

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 obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Seema 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. Over-the-counter medications

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.

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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

When to seek doctor’s help

If your daily life and sleep get disrupted due to vaginal itching or it it persists for more than a week then you need to see a doctor.

You should also watch out for other other symptoms –

  • Pain in your private area
  • Redness or swelling down there
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Pain while urinating
  • Discomfort while having sex
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Vaginal itching can be really uncomfortable. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Frequently asked questions about vaginal itching

Why am I itchy down there at night?

Pubic lice can get passed through towels and bedding or while having sex. They cause vaginal itching that begins less than a week after infestation. The itching intensifies at night.

Can stress cause vaginal itching?

If you live under high stress, it can weaken your immune system. Weak immunity can cause several symptoms, including itching down there.

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Natalia Ningthoujam has written on various subjects - from music to films and fashion to lifestyle - as a journalist in her career that started in 2010. After getting stories from the crime scene, police headquarters, and conducting interviews with celebrities, she is now writing on health and wellness which has become her focus area. ...Read More

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