Intimate burning and vaginal itching are unpleasant disorders that affect a large part of the female population throughout the world.
It is important to determine the specific cause of burning because a treatment will only succeed by eliminating the source of the problem.
Among the causes of vaginal burning are:
- Sexually transmitted diseases ;
- Vaginal infection or vaginitis;
- Vaginal Irritation by chemicals contained in soaps, detergents and toiletries.
Intimate burning is not a symptom of pregnancy .
General Causes of Vaginal Burning
1. Sexually transmitted diseases , for example:
They can cause irritation, vaginal itching and other symptoms.
For vaginal mycosis the doctor may prescribe Gyno-Icaden ( isoconazole nitrate )
2. Vaginal Candidiasis : It is a fungal infection.
3. Pregnancy, sexual intercourse, antibiotics, and a weakened immune system may predispose women to vaginal vaginal infection.
4. Menopause . A drop in estrogen production that occurs during menopause can cause thinning and vaginal dryness . This can cause itching and irritation.
The thinning of the vaginal walls is also a problem for some women who breastfeed.
5. Irritating substances . Some chemicals may irritate the vulva and vagina, such as:
- Contraceptive foam,
- Toilet paper,
6. Sclerosus lichen . It is a rare disease that causes the formation of white patches on the skin , especially around the vulva.
Stains can leave permanent scars on the vaginal area.
Women after menopause have a greater chance of developing this disease.
7. Cystitis and interstitial cystitis . Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammation of the bladder that causes:
- Pelvic pain,
- Frequent urination,
- Urgency of urination.
Among the symptoms of cystitis are:
- Vaginal blistering,
- Pain during intercourse.
Treatment for cystitis includes antibiotics, for example Monuril granules.
8. Caesarean . After the cesarean birth, an intimate burning (in the area of the scar) can remain for several months.
It is necessary to massage the scar and it is possible to apply creams or gels recommended by the gynecologist.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center define non-infectious vaginitis as a type of vaginal irritation that is not caused by a bacterial or viral infection.
Many causes of noninfectious vaginitis are due to irritation by:
- Chemicals such as soaps,
- Other personal care products.
The atrophic vaginitis is caused by a decrease in hormones that accompanies:
- Removal of the ovaries,
- The menopause,
- A radiotherapy .
Both forms of noninfectious vaginitis can cause vaginal itching and other symptoms.
Intimate burning in girls
A girl may have a vaginal burning sensation.
Bacterial vaginitis is very common in girls between two to four years.
It occurs when bacteria moves from the skin into the vagina causing:
- Inflammation .
Proper hygiene can prevent bacterial vaginosis .
It is important for mothers to teach the girl how to wash properly.
Vaginal itching is extremely common in teenagers.
A girl with vulvovaginitis itches the vaginal area or complains of pain or burning when urinating.
Before puberty, the skin around the vaginal area can be very sensitive and can become red and inflamed due to various irritants .
One of the most frequent products is soap or shampoo.
Many small children bathe in bubbles and parents forget to rinse them properly after they have sat on soap suds and played with it.
Another common reason is the lack of hygiene. Parents should teach their child to clean themselves after urinating, but sometimes they forget to do so by being encouraged by the success they get when the child sits on the potty.
On the other hand, excessive friction to clean up after urinating can also cause irritation and itching.
Rarely, the sensation of vaginal burning may be associated with some intestinal parasites ( oxytes ), which look like small pieces of wire and have a length about one centimeter.
Generally, these parasites cause itching around the anus , but they can also occur on the vulva and vagina.
Oxyurixes tend to cause symptoms at night when they migrate to the anal region.
If they are recognized, they are easily diagnosed through stool examination and are treatable without difficulty.
- When girls approach the age of eight or nine, vaginal itching may be caused by fungal vaginal infections , for example, candida.
The fungus is part of the natural flora of the vaginal mucosa, but when it overgrows it can cause inflammation, causing burning, redness , irritation and can produce abundant white losses.
Even a small piece of toilet paper in the small vaginal opening can cause an infection and mild burning in the vagina.
- A rash on newborns and infants can appear not only in the anal region and buttocks but also in the vaginal area and can also be attributed to an overgrowth of yeast.
Most of these problems are easily treated by a doctor or pediatrician.
Urinary tract infections are a recurring problem for women throughout their lives.
The reason why women have more urinary tract infections is because the tube connecting the bladder to the outside, called the urethra, is too short. This means that the bacteria can spread to the bladder quite easily.
Men do not have this problem because their urethra is longer.
Girls (and boys more rarely) may also develop a bladder reflux , where urine flow builds up in the tubes called ureters, rather than flowing normally from the kidneys to the bladder through the ureters.
This disease is often diagnosed in children who have had a urinary tract infection.
The infection can cause an obstruction of the urinary system that causes a swelling of the ureter.
What is the treatment for itching, burning and irritation of the vagina?
Vaginal irritation often goes by itself. But if you continue, are severe or return after treatment, you need to see a doctor.
The doctor examines and collects a sample of vaginal secretion to find the cause of the problem.
Vaginal burning is treated in different ways, depending on the cause of the disease.
- The sexually transmitted diseases are often treated with antibiotics.
- The vaginal candidiasis is treated with antifungal drugs and change in diet. A cream with Clotrimazole (for example, Gino-Canesten) may be applied to:
- burning of the vaginal mucosa.
Those suffering from this disease should eat more yogurt and should avoid sweets.
For vaginal candidiasis it is possible to effect lavage, but only with water and baking soda or tea tree oil because the use of soap inside the vagina can aggravate the symptoms.
There are other factors that can cause candida intimate burning, for example, stress and anxiety .
Symptoms worsen before menstruation and when the patient washes the vulvar area with a mild detergent.
- The itch associated with menopause can be treated with estrogen creams or pills.
- Other types of itching and irritation respond to steroid creams or lotions that reduce inflammation.
- A prescription steroid cream can relieve irritation by lichen sclerosus .
Natural Remedies for Intimate Burning
The following remedies serve to alleviate the sensation of intimate burning after intercourse.
There are some effective options to help relieve the burning sensation after intercourse. Some examples are indicated below:
- Take a bath : After intercourse is recommended a bath with a removable shower, washing the vagina with cold or hot water.
If you think the burning sensation is caused by allergy to the sperm, successively it is possible to take a very hot bath and carefully wash the vagina. After cleaning the vagina, carefully wipe the area with a soft cloth.
- Cool : After you have thoroughly cleaned the area, lie on a comfortable surface and expose the vagina to cool air. If the burning is strong, you can put an ice pack in the vagina for a short time or apply a lidocaine cream (for example, Vagisil).
- Calming Gel : With dry and clean fingers, it is possible to apply aloe vera (a natural soothing product) in the outer regions of the vagina.
- Baking soda : Some women have observed that applying a mixture of baking soda to the vulva reduces burning.
It is necessary to mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with a cup of cold water and apply it to the vulva with a cloth.
Avoid wearing colored undergarments and apply an inner wipe because it can irritate the vagina.
- Vaginal washes – to relieve pain is advised to wash the area with fresh water, but in case of vulvodynia is better hot water.
- Wear comfortable underwear and cotton, avoid tight clothing because the skin and vagina should breathe.
Thong (thong) is not recommended as it may irritate the vagina.
- Hydration and nutrition – to prevent intimate burning, a diet with natural foods is key.
Processed foods, fried foods and sweets favor the development of infections and inflammation.
If the urine is yellow, it can increase the sensation of burning when urinating; in this case it is recommended to drink more and eat more fruits and vegetables (because they contain lots of liquids).
- The physical activity outdoors is also important in the winter. Many people believe that medicines are enough for good health; in fact, a person who wishes to have a healthy life should eat lots of fruits and vegetables and allow the elimination of toxins through the skin, bowel movement and deep breathing.
The sport causes:
- Faster blood circulation, allowing too much blood to reach skin level,
- Sweating that expels the residual substances of digestion,
- Deep breathing allows you to expel the toxins and relax.
Vaginal burning should not be an expected and feared result of sexual intercourse. We should not ruin our sex life and avoid intimate relationships with our partner.
Is it necessary to change the soap to intimate blaze?
The itching and irritation can be caused by chemicals contained:
- In soap,
- In laundry detergents,
- On toilet paper.
It is necessary to try a product with a delicate composition and without fragrance. By observing the irritation caused by the use of a new product, it is possible to try to avoid other products with a similar composition.