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How can women prevent genital itching?

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Women should take the following steps to help avoid genital itching:

In addition:

  • After urination or bowel movements, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from the anus getting into the vagina.
  • Avoid chemical products such as vaginal douches or feminine hygiene sprays, which can upset the acidic balance of the vagina.
  • Avoid scented feminine hygiene products (panty liners, pads, soaps).
  • Wear loose, natural-fiber underwear and clothing. Change underwear at least every 24 hours.
  • Keep the genital area clean and dry. Use mild soap and rinse well.
  • Use mild, unscented laundry detergents to wash your underwear.
  • Dry off thoroughly after bathing and swimming. Avoid staying in wet clothing for long periods of time.
  • Avoid unprotected sex, especially if you are worried that you or your partner might have an infection.

From: Genital Itching WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:  International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

SOURCE:  International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on September 09, 2018

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