Vaginal itching simply refers to as an unwelcome situation where the skin of the vagina is irritated and tingly. It usually accompanies an unpleasant odor coming out from the affected area and often times discharge.
This is a serious problem for some women; especially when it is chronic; it causes discomfort. The common causes of vaginal itching include stress, yeast infections, dry skin, chlamydia, vaginitis and chemical reactions. The best ways to cure these include:
Salt can effectively cure itching and bacteria due to its antibacterial properties. Wash your vagina with concentrated warm salt water whenever you feel the itching. This will give you great relief instantly and prevent further multiplication of bacteria. Alternately, you can fill half the bathtub with warm water and add half a cup of salt into it. Sit inside the tub in a squatting position. While sitting, open your vaginal walls using your finger so that the saline water goes inside and kills the bacterial action effectively.
Apple Cider Vinegar Bath
Try to wash your vagina in a shallow water or bath with ½ cup of organic, raw apple cider vinegar. Keep your legs spread wide apart at all times when taking the apple cider bath, so that the water can flow freely around your vaginal region. If you do not have a bathtub, then try using a bath bowl tub intended for a baby. Apple cider bath brings out best results for women. Apple cider is able to inhibit the growth of yeast by killing them with its strong acidic pH level.
Taking yogurt that contains live unsweetened culture can also be helpful and won’t hurt because the active culture in the yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus which helps to stop itching. This probiotic food contains good bacteria that are helpful in maintaining a balance of natural bacteria and microflora in the vagina. An overabundance of yeast and bacteria in the vagina can cause uncomfortable itching and the active cultures in yogurt may help balance the ratio. Taking antibiotics may help wipe out the good bacteria in the vagina and can allow an overgrowth of the bad bacteria that causes the itching. Eating yogurt with antibiotics helps reduce vaginal itching. You can also apply yogurt to the external genitalia area only. The yoghurt cultures help relieve the itching due to the probiotic strains found within, and if it has been kept in the fridge it will help soothe the area too.
Increase Your Water Intake
Increase your normal intake of water because water helps to flush out infection from the body system. It helps increase the usual flow of urine and washes away bacteria from the body. Hence drink at least 8 glass of water in a day if you want to cure the vaginal itching. Make sure you are drinking clean, fresh, tap or bottled water. Do not drink from lakes, rivers or streams, as they can cause additional bacteria to your body. The water will also help to flush out the excess bacteria from your urinary tract and vaginal opening. Drink enough water so that your urine will be very pale yellow.
Garlic contains antibacterial as well as antibiotic properties that can help kill bacteria and yeast. It also improves the immune system to fight infections in the body. Take a clove of fresh garlic and peel off the natural white paper shell that covers it, leaving the clove intact. Before you go to sleep in the night, put the clove into the vagina. In the morning, remove the garlic clove and throw it in the toilet. The garlic often causes the vagina to have a watery discharge. One night’s treatment might be enough to kill the infection depending on the level, or it might have to be repeated the next night if the itching is serious. Continue one or two days until all itchiness is gone. The reason why the treatment is done at bedtime is that there is a connection between the mouth and the vagina. The moment the garlic is placed in the vagina, the taste of the garlic travels up to the mouth. Some ladies find the strong flavor of garlic annoying during the day, so the treatment is best recommended for the night time.
If the itching is severe and persistent, don’t hesitate to take medications prescribed by a doctor. Yeast infections are treated with anti-fungal medications which are inserted into the vagina in the form of creams, ointments, or suppositories, or they can be taken orally. You can buy these medications over the counters in different doses. Menopause related itching may be treated with estrogen creams, tablets, or a vaginal ring insert. Vaginosis and STDs are treated with antibiotics or anti-parasitic medications.
When experiencing any kind of vaginal itching or irritation, avoid sexual intercourse during treatment. Intercourse will increase the irritation and it may spread microbes to your partner. Do not resume until after the symptoms have been cleared up and always wear loose-fitting underwears because it helps the area to breathe and dry quickly.