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Vaginal itching: causes and treatment

Vaginal itching can be a symptom of an allergy or candidiasis, for example. When it is caused by an allergic reaction, the affected region is, in most cases, the outer region. In this case, the use of non-cotton panties and jeans daily can cause irritation and increase itching.

When the itching is internal, it may be caused by the presence of some fungus or bacteria and the symptom may be accompanied by swelling and vaginal discharge. Often the cause of itching is candidiasis, a disease caused by the imbalance of the fungi that normally inhabits this region.

Other characteristic symptoms of candidiasis are:

  • Itching in the internal and external region of the woman's intimate region;
  • White discharge, type curdled milk, with or without a bad smell;
  • Pain / burning while urinating.

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Vaginal itching: causes and treatment

Quick test to identify the cause

To find out the reason for your vaginal itching, choose the symptoms you are experiencing from the ones below:

  1. 1. Redness and swelling throughout the intimate region
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    No
  2. 2. Whitish spots or plaques in the vagina
    Yes
    No
  3. 3. Bleached white discharge, similar to curdled milk
    Yes
    No
  4. 4. Pain or burning sensation when urinating
    Yes
    No
  5. 5. Yellowish or greenish discharge
    Yes
    No
  6. 6. Presence of small lumps in the vagina or rough skin
    Yes
    No
  7. 7. Itching that appears or worsens after using some type of panties, soap, cream, wax or lubricant in the intimate region
    Yes
    No
  8. 8. Presence of small swelling located on the side of the vagina
    Yes
    No
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As some of these symptoms are common to various diseases, it is best to always see a gynecologist if the itching does not improve after 1 week of simple care such as keeping your intimate region well clean and dry, avoiding synthetic clothing and eating less sugary foods.

Treatment for vaginal itching

A good home treatment to relieve itching of the vagina, clitoris and big lips is to wash the intimate area with rosemary and sage tea, for example, because it has antimicrobial properties that eliminate bacteria and prevent the growth of fungi, which can cause itching. See the recipes for this and other natural remedies to treat vaginal itching.

However, the treatment for vaginal itching always depends on its cause:

1. Candidiasis

The treatment can be done with the use of oral antifungal medication and ointments for candidiasis prescribed by a gynecologist, such as Clotrimazole or Miconazole.

2. Allergy to chemical substances 

Some chemical substances, such as chlorine, present in a jacuzzi, bath or pool water: wash the intimate region well with a neutral pH soap and dry thoroughly before putting on cotton panties.

After leaving the pool, it is also important to remove your bikini so that it does not dry out on the body, because it facilitates fungus growth or prolonged contact with chlorine.

3. Sexually transmitted diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, popularly known as STDs may also cause vaginal itching. Therefore, it is important that if you have had risky behavior, like having intimate contact without a condom, you should do specific tests so that the cause is identified and the most appropriate treatment initiated, either with antibiotics or with antivirals.

4. Hygiene habits

Lack of proper hygiene can also result in vaginal itching. Therefore, it is recommended that the outer region be washed daily with water and mild soap, including after intercourse. The region should always be dry and it is best to wear cotton panties, and avoid wearing very tight pants and tight elastic panties.

In addition, during menstruation it is recommended that the absorbent be changed every 4 or 5 hours, even if it is not apparently very dirty, because the vagina is in direct and constant contact with fungi and bacteria present in the intima.

In any case, if the itching lasts for more than 4 days or other symptoms appear, such as a foul smelling vaginal discharge or swelling of the area, it is recommended you go to the gynecologist to identify the cause and start the appropriate treatment.

How to avoid vaginal itching

To avoid itching in the vagina, clitoris and big lips it is recommended:

  • Wearing cotton underwear, avoiding synthetic materials that will not let the skin breathe, facilitating fungi growth;
  • To have a good intimate hygiene, washing only the external region, with neutral soap, even after intercourse;
  • Avoid wearing tight pants to prevent local temperature rising;
  • Use condoms in all relationships to avoid contamination with STDs.

These cautions also help to relieve local irritation and reduce itching when it already exists. It is also recommended to avoid eating sugary foods.

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