5 Causes of Vaginal Itching
Itching in the vaginal region is a common problem, and there are a number of factors that can contribute to it.
Whatever the cause, the fact is that it’s a very uncomfortable condition that can cause concern and anxiety, particularly when it’s accompanied by other symptoms.
It’s important that all women pay attention to their symptoms in this part of the body, because it could be a sign of an infection or disease. However, before you panic, it’s best to consult your gynecologist for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
In most cases, when you experience these symptoms it’s usually due to something fairly mild. Only in rare cases can it be a sign of a serious problem.
In today’s article, we’ll discuss five causes of vaginal itching, and give you some natural ways to treat it. Has this ever happened to you?
1. Yeast infection
The normal pH of the vagina is about 4.7 or less, fairly acidic. Healthy bacteria known as lactobacilli are responsible for maintaining the appropriate pH balance that keeps fungi and other microorganisms from flourishing in this warm, moist environment.
Unfortunately, many things can alter the natural pH of your vaginal region, leading to an infection or proliferation of fungi.
The result is usually a white or yellowish discharge that’s accompanied by a bread-like smell and a constant itching.
To restore the good bacteria in your vagina it’s best to eat probiotic foods like yogurt on a regular basis.
If the itching is very severe, try rinsing the area with a little vinegar diluted in water.
This is a term given to the irritation of the vulva, a condition that occurs when you use harsh soaps or washes when bathing.
Another possible cause is the use of toilet paper with dyes or scents that irritate the region, and still more cases can occur when you spend too long in your damp gym clothes or bathing suit.
To avoid any adverse effects, it’s a good idea to wash your vaginal region with warm water and a gentle soap that helps maintain your natural pH balance. Avoid using any deodorants or powders marketed for this part of the body.
Shaving and other hair removal techniques can trigger an allergic reaction in the sensitive skin around the vagina, so it’s not surprising that after shaving you might experience mild to severe itching.
To prevent this problem, use an ointment to soothe the irritation and try to shave only once every two to three weeks.
4. Sexually transmitted diseases
Don’t panic! In rare cases, vaginal itching is caused by the presence of an STD. Most of the time these diseases have no symptoms in the early stages, and usually manifest with pain or unusual discharge instead of itching.
However, in certain cases some STDs can cause itching as a first symptom.
If you experience this uncomfortable sensation accompanied by red, itchy bumps in the region, it’s likely to be herpes, one of the most common and widespread STDs today. It rarely has serious consequences, but it’s important to treat it so it doesn’t become chronic.
5. Skin disorders
Skin conditions and disorders like psoriasis and eczema can also cause itching in the genital region.
These usually affect different areas of the skin, so it’s important to determine whether they are the cause of the itching, and if so, you need to consult your doctor to get appropriate and effective treatment.
For example, when psoriasis affects the vulva, a low strength topical corticosteroid combined with a moisturizer can help immensely.