Vaginal itching is a common problem faced by women and can get worse in the cold. Try these tips if you feel itchy.
However, if itching occurs unexpectedly around the vagina, many of us are unaware of what to do. It’s hard to figure out what caused the sudden vaginal itching and irritation, right? If you can identify with this, let us assure you that you are not alone!
Many things can cause itching and irritation of the vagina – hormonal changes, chemical sensitivity and infections are common culprits. However, many women immediately attribute the itching to a vaginal mash attack and immediately seek out mash-relieving creams that are available without a prescription. However, if you experience it suddenly vaginal itching during the winter season, the season itself could be one of the reasons!
How can the winter season cause vaginal itching?
It is true that winter can cause mild itching. Why only? Just as your entire body is more susceptible to dryness and itching, so is your vaginal area. The causes can be group dryness, itching, cold winter air and reduced water intake. And this increased vaginal itching can even affect a woman’s sex life.
Dr Swati Gaikwad, a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist, Maternity Hospital, Pune, suggests: “Itching can also be the cause of a fungal infection, a sexually transmitted disease, or any serious illness. Therefore, you need to talk to your doctor and find out the real cause of the itching.
Dr. Gaikwad also shared with HealthShots some ways to stop vaginal itching. They are here:
1. Check your soap
Are you using soap full of chemicals down there? May cause itching. Thus, you will need to avoid using soaps with fragrances as they can cause a burning sensation and irritation. Talk to your doctor about this. Avoid using any soap or intimate washbasins down there. The vagina is a self-cleansing organ. So, use only water to clean the vagina and prevent itching.
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2. Sanitary pads
Do you use sanitary pads? Then you need to think twice when using them. Yes, they can cause vaginal itching. Some women may experience itching only during menstruation. So here, the pad may be the reason, as some pads contain perfumes that irritate the skin. Use unscented pads on your doctor’s advice.
3. Don’t use a razor down there
Never use a razor on vaginal skin, especially if you have vaginal problems. Otherwise, there is a high chance that you will get a hair infection called skin folliculitis.
4. Take a sedentary bath
A hot sedentary bath can help you relax and get rid of itching. You can even add Epsom salt to the water. It can be really reassuring and bring you that much needed relief.
5. Use cotton underwear
Some fabrics can cause itching and irritation. So be wiser and choose cotton underwear that is skin-friendly. Try to change your underwear from time to time.
6. Moisten the vagina
It may sound weird, but you need to moisturize your vagina regularly. This area is very sensitive and to prevent dryness, you can use coconut oil or any other fragrance-free moisturizer.
Remember, ladies, to stop vaginal itching and irritation, you need to maintain proper hygiene down there!
So follow these tips for maintaining hygiene down there in the winter:
1. Keep underwear dry
If you do not wipe your vagina after urinating, your underwear can get wet and cause an unpleasant odor. This can increase the risk of vaginal infections. Therefore, it is always advisable to wipe the area with toilet paper or a soft cloth to make sure the underwear is dry.
2. Don’t use soap down there
Did you know that using any soap without consulting a doctor can affect the healthy balance of bacteria in the vagina and change the pH in the vaginal region. This is because soaps contain chemicals such as glycerol, perfumes and antiseptics that can do more harm than good.
3. Change sanitary pads frequently
Regardless of the strong or normal flow, women should be careful to replace sanitary pads every 4-6 hours. This can reduce the chances of irritation, itching and infection.
4. Say NO to rinsing
Do you realize? Rinsing involves the use of certain chemicals that interfere with vaginal pH. So avoid it.
So ladies, protect your vagina from itching this winter with these tips!