Updated: 2019, Aug 14

How to Treat Dry Vaginal Itching and Discomfort?

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Dry Vagina

At least once in her life a woman should expect to experience a minor problem with her vaginal area, and one of the most common problems is a dry, itchy sensation in her vagina. There are several factors that can cause this problem, including washing with products that contain harsh chemicals or heavy perfumes, and even clothing can irritation. Infections such as genital warts and yeast infections can also cause this problem. If the delicate ph balance in a woman’s vagina is disrupted, an irritating and sometimes painful dryness and itching can occur. Thankfully, there are several ways women can treat this irritating and sometimes embarrassing problem.

The Different Causes

Several different factors can cause vaginal irritation and determining the cause of the problem, will help to decide which treatment is right for you. This irritation can be caused by harsh chemicals or perfumes in laundry detergents, soaps, and in some feminine hygiene products. Other causes can include,

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Menopause
  • Vaginal yeast infection or vaginal candidiasis
  • Bacterial Vaginosis

A less common cause of vaginal burning and itching is Lichen Sclerosis. This condition is not only extremely rare, it also normally appears in women who are postmenopausal. The condition is marked by the white, painful patches of skin that can appear, especially around her vulva.

How to Stop a Dry Itchy Vagina?

In many cases, vaginal irritation will normally clear up on its own. If the problem persists, or is accompanied by other symptoms a health care provider should be consulted. The cause of the irritation will determine which treatment is right for you. Sexually transmitted disease and Bacterial Vaginosis are both treated with antibiotics, while itching and irritation caused by menopause can be treated with estrogen treatments. Steroid creams and lotions are often used to treat other, more stubborn cases of irritation, while anti-fungal treatments are often used for yeast infections and the related symptoms. Steroidal creams are also used to treat the burning and itching that is often associated with Lichen Sclerosis.

In addition to the treatments that are recommended by a health care provider, there are some natural methods of treatment and prevention that women can do at home. Before beginning any home treatment, it is always best to speak with a professional first. This is especially true for younger girls, as their symptoms may also be a sign of sexual abuse or misconduct.

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Natural Ways to Treat a Dry Itchy Vagina

One of the best ways to treat vaginal discomfort and irritation is to practice preventative measures. Not only will this help you to feel better, but you can also experience a healthy and satisfying sex life. Some of the home treatments and preventatives include,

  • Try to avoid or limit contact with heavily perfumed toilet paper, bath products, and feminine hygiene products. These can often cause minor itchy and burning on or around the vagina. Using unscented and natural products can help to reduce your risk of developing problems.
  • It is important for a woman to keep her genital area clean, though she should avoid bath soaps that are heavily perfumed or contain harsh chemicals. Washing once a day with warm water and plain soap will help to keep the area clean and help to prevent it from drying out.
  • It is always best to wipe from the top of the vagina back. This can help to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
  • While it is important to always wear clean undergarments, it is just as important to avoid tight fitting synthetic fabrics. These can restrict air flow to the lower region, and cause harmful bacteria to grow and multiply.
  • Not only can condoms help to prevent the spread of STDs in women which can cause vaginal irritation, they can also help to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.

Vaginal dryness can be a common problem in women, and using a lubricating lotion can not only relieve the burning and itching, but it can also help to prevent it.

Women should refrain from having sex while their symptoms are present, but with proper care and preventative measures, this problem normally disappears within a few days. If the problem persists or keeps returning, seeking the advice of a health care professional is advisable. Vaginal irritation is uncomfortable and can even be painful, but with the right care, you can soon be back to enjoying a healthy body and a satisfying sex life.

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Michael Wight

Michael Wight is a health enthusiast and blogger. He contributes to different websites in the health and fitness niche. He is a comp

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