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Vaginal Itching, Burning, and Irritation

Are there home remedies for vaginal itching, burning, and irritation?

Here are a few tips for preventing and treating vaginal irritation at home:

  • Avoid scented pads or toilet paper, creams, bubble bath, feminine sprays, and douches.
  • Use water and a plain, unscented soap to regularly clean your genital area. But don't wash more than once a day. Doing so can increase dryness.
  • Always wipe from front to back after having a bowel movement.
  • Wear cotton panties (no synthetic fabrics), and change your underwear every day.
  • Change the diapers of infant girls regularly.
  • Use condoms during sexual intercourse to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
  • If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, use a vaginal moisturizer. Apply a water-based lubricant (K-Y, Astroglide) before having sex.
  • Avoid sexual intercourse until your symptoms improve.
  • Don't scratch -- you can further irritate the area.

 

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Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on August 22, 2012

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