Genital or Vaginal Itching is an irritation that is a common problem in every woman. But, no one knows the discomfort and embarrassing feeling better than you do. This condition in women is not at all age specific.
On a usual note, genital itching is not indicative of any kind of serious health condition but, the discomfort level can reach its peak at any moment when the itching gets uncontrollable.
There can be a number of reasons that trigger this uncontrollable condition like bacteria or yeast infections, chemical irritants, STD’s, menopause etc. Adding up to the itch, some women also undergo swelling, discharge, and redness. Your chances of suffering from genital itching and burning can increase with excessive stress or even a weak immune system.
One of the ways to deal with the condition is to maintain a healthy diet & proper hygiene and an overall healthy lifestyle. However, there are a few effective natural or home remedies to curb the stubborn and hateful symptoms of the same. But, always remember to get diagnosed before applying any natural remedy.
Here are some of the home remedies that come in as handy in emergency situations:
1. COLD COMPRESS
Genital irritation has a tendency to get triggered while you are sleeping at night which particularly becomes troublesome. After all, a good night’s sleep that is essential to start afresh the next day is disrupted due to the uncontrollable itching and burning.
Applying the cold compress or ice cubes directly to the area can effectively mellow down the intense & severe irritation at night. It might come across as a burdensome job, but think of how well you may sleep after the itching stops. It is as they say, ‘eyes on the prize’.
2. GARLIC IS ANTI-BACTERIAL
If you are looking for an instant relief, go for garlic, the smell of which more or less does the trick. Yes, the smell of raw garlic can be utterly depressing but, in moments of intense itching, anything that works best is worth it. You can either tie garlic mash in cheesecloth and apply at the sides of the vagina or chew them down the throat.
3. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
If the genital itch is being caused by some kind of bacterial or fungal infection, the excellent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties can do wonders when with water 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar is mixed. Use this formula to wash your vagina twice daily. Its acidity will say goodbye to bacteria.
4. SALT PREVENTS BACTERIA MULTIPLICATION
If at home and facing severe itch in the genital region, try bathing or washing the vagina with salt water and encounter an instant relief. Salt is anti-bacterial.
5. HERBAL/MEDICINAL ANTI-BACTERIAL TALC
Moisture accumulation causes a fungal action that can be removed really quickly by using medicated powders that come over the counter. However, the herbal ones, they work slowly.
6. THE PROBIOTICS OF YOGURT
This home method is not new. Yogurt with its active cultures, add in abundance good bacteria replacing the bad ones. Sheep or goat milk yogurt works best and yeast infections can be treated immediately with it.
Genital itch can be treated either by drinking a cup of yogurt on a daily basis or applying it directly to the irritable area of the vagina for instant relief.
7. AVOID MOISTURE, KEEP THE AREA DRY
Whether it is water or sweat, permitting any kind of moisture accumulation in the vagina can give space for the cultivation of fungus and bacteria which in turn gives rise to various embarrassing and infectious issues.
8. LOOSE CLOTHING & SOFT FABRIC
The genital itch is a condition that doesn’t have a permanent cure. So, given a day, prevention is always better than cure. If you have already faced this intense issue at any point in your life, you will know better how this trick can help keep the trouble at bay.
Your private parts must never be suffocated with tight clothing. Use pure cotton underwear and don’t wear body-hugging clothes as they do not allow much of the cool air in, that can keep the vagina dry. Make sure the fabric is breathable. Synthetic clothing is a big no.
9. BASIC HYGIENE MAINTENANCE
Maintaining proper hygiene like taking daily baths, changing underwear on a daily basis and cleaning the vagina with water can also help prevent the hateful condition of vaginal itching. Just water is enough to clean the self-cleaning organ that the vagina is.
It is used in traditional Ayurveda to treat conditions like vaginal infections and eczema. Neem, which is also known as Indian lilac has strong anti fungal andanti bacterial attributes.