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Itching in the vagina

The itching in the vagina is a disorder that affects several women.

Many women have symptoms like itching, burning  and secretions in the intimate areas, most think the cause is a fungus.

In the absence of serious infections, intimate irritation is very likely, ie a skin reaction in the most sensitive part. 
The itching in the groin and genital area can be caused by a bacteria, but often the cause is a fungal infection.


The pregnancy is characterized by a hormonal imbalance. This can cause sudden mood swings. 
Hormones can also cause an imbalance between good and harmful bacteria in the vagina. 
This can result in symptoms such as itching, discharge with bad smell or pain during intercourse. 
This situation is often diagnosed by doctors as a fungus. 
Another possible cause of intimate itching during pregnancy is the water retention that slows down blood circulation .


itching in children In girls, the intimate itching may be caused by friction with the diaper or contact with the urine.

Intimate itching in the elderly
The older adults may have this symptom because they have less vaginal lubrication due to the reduction of estrogen. 
Vaginal dryness can cause intimate itching.

itching in man However, men may feel itching in the genitals, but it is much rarer than females. 
The cause can be an infection (candidiasis or genital herpes ) a fungus, allergy , chafing or waxing.

Causes of Intense Itching in Women


It is an infection caused by increasing the amount of a fungus called Candida that alters the natural balance of hormones and bacteria inside the vagina. 
Symptoms: Mostly irritation or itching, worsen a week before menstruation. 
Symptoms also include burning on urination . 
You may see milk-like white discharge, with or without bad odor;

Genital Herpes
is a sexually transmitted disease . 
It is caused by a virus called Herpes Simplex . 
The symptoms are: small blisters on the affected area that become ulcers between the 5th and 14th day.

The trichomoniasis is an infection transmitted by a parasite by sexual contact. 

  • Itching on the inner thigh,
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse,
  • Secretions thin yellow-greenish and frothy,
  • Vulvar itching,
  • Swelling of the “lips” or big lips,
  • Bad vaginal odor.

Tinea Cruris
Also called a ringworm in the groin, it is a fungal infection. 


The scabies (or scab) is a skin disease caused by tiny mites. 
Symptoms: white secretions with fish odor, slight irritation.

Bacterial Vaginosis
Take mild infection caused by an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the vagina. 
Symptoms: White, yellow or grayish vaginal discharge with fish odor. 
Some may not cause symptoms.

                                                                 Skin diseases
A common disease that causes intense itching, especially in the genital area and can reach groin and anus. 
Signs ofpsoriasis:Reddishand scaly skin.

Eczema or atopic dermatitis
A chronic disease characterized by inflammation and pruritus of the skin. 
Symptoms of eczema : persistent itching that can be very strong.

Lichen sclerosus
Another chronic skin disease, characterized by itching of the vulva and consequent alterations of the skin of the genitals.

Lichen planus
The Lichen planus is another skin disease that can lead to vulvar cancer. This disease can affect other parts of the body and especially the mouth and hands. 
Discomfort during intercourse accompanied by bleeding and pain.

Lichen Simplex
Similar to lichen sclerosus , simplex is a chronic disease that causes scratches, itching and thickening of the skin

The allergies and food intolerances can cause redness and itching. The vulvar area appears to be very sensitive to chemicals, probably because the vulva is wet and hot. 
These conditions favor the absorption of chemicals from the skin. 
It is possible to develop an allergy to almost any chemical that comes in contact with the vulva, for example:

  • Skin cream,
  • Scented soap, liquid soap, shampoos,
  • Disinfectants,
  • Soap powder and fabric softener for washing,
  • Self-adhesive absorbent,
  • Deodorant (including that intimate).
  • Excessive washing can irritate the area of ​​the vulva. There is no need to rinse the intimate area several times a day since once is enough.
  • Hair removal with razor blade, shaved, creams or waxing, often irritate the skin, causing swelling,
  • Redness and in some cases an external vaginal itching irritating.
  • The birth control pill can cause intimate itching because it changes women’s hormone levels and can cause vaginal dryness.
  • If a skin lesion forms due to allergy you can see traces of blood on the bedding.
In the case of itching after the cycle, the cause may be an allergic reaction to the absorbent.
Hair removal
When the young women shave, the skin becomes irritated and it appears scratching spines.

Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia is a disease that usually affects older women and causes itching in a small area. It occurs because the skin in that area is changed. 
There is a risk that intraepithelial neoplasia of the vulva becomes a cancer of the vulvar lining, so it is important to consult your doctor. Vulvar cancer is very rare and usually affects older women; the itching may be the first sign, but there may be a lump or a sore.

 Itching in the male intimate region  , in the glans
The itching of the penis is an irritating sensation that causes a persistent need to scratch. It can be accompanied by the appearance of red spots on the male intimate area, discoloration or nodules on the genitals and testicular area.
Symptoms related to pruritus may include  burning, pain, redness, swelling, crusting, blistering, and scarring.
Sexually transmitted infections are the main cause of intimate itching in men after intercourse.
Among the causes are fungal infections, scabies, lice , tight clothing, allergic reaction, skin friction, bacterial infections and other diseases similar to those that cause vaginal itching.
If the itching happens from time to time, it may be due to poor hygiene

Foods that cause skin problems

A diet rich in sugars and refined carbohydrates feeds the fungi in the gut. 
To solve this problem, it is better to eat healthy and avoid beer, wine and cheese. 
Avoid cold meats, spicy foods such as spicy pepper because it may favor inflammation of the mucous membranes.

How long does it take to heal the intimate itch?

The problem does not go away overnight and you need to continue prebiotic and probiotic tablets for at least 6 months, continue even after 6 months if the problems continue. 
Secondary infections should be diagnosed by a physician. 
The fungus Trichophyton rubrum and Candida albicans affect the upper layer of the skin. However, if you have a wound, you may develop a bacterial infection. 
In this case, you have to go immediately to the doctor who will prescribe the appropriate medication.

Treatment for intimate itching


cream A topical corticosteroid cream can relieve itching. 
Your doctor may advise you to apply the cream directly on the affected areas. 
You will need to cover these areas with wet cotton soaked in water or other solutions. Moisture of the skin helps to absorb the cream.

These medications include oral antihistamines for allergies that can cause itching and inflammation of the skin.

Antibiotics and antifungals
The antibiotic is indicated only in case of bacterial infection, in other cases it is contraindicated because it eliminates all the bacteria that normally inhabit the vagina. 
Quadriderm is one of the most used, contains an antibiotic (gentamicin) and cortisone (Betamethasone). 
Metronidazole is the most prescribed for bacterial vaginosis .

Antifungal agents are useful for itching caused by a fungus. 
The most commonly prescribed is clotrimazole (Canesten ®) that is in the form of powder, topical cream or spray.

Vagisil cream
For the intima and perianal itch you can spread the product containing lidocaine and Chlorthymol. 
It can not be given to girls, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What to do if the itching does not go away? Natural Remedies for Itching in the Vulva

First, it is best to consult your doctor or gynecologist to make a correct treatment against itching in the vulva. 
Self-treatment can sometimes aggravate the situation. 
However, there are measures that can be taken to relieve or lessen itching in the vulva. 
Avoid frequent vulvar lavage. Gently wash the vulva once a day. 
Because itching of the vulva is caused by allergies, irritation or infection, avoid using bath products and clothing that may contain harmful chemicals. 
For example, it is best to avoid scented detergents, shampoos, soaps, antiseptics or special feminine wash products.
When taking a shower, make sure the shampoo does not enter the vulva, it would be best if the hair were washed separately to avoid contact of the shampoo with the vulva. 
Avoid contact with condoms or spermicidal lubricants. Discontinue use of skin creams, anti-fungal creams, especially if you do not see an improvement after a week of application. 
Avoid contact with chlorinated water, for example, in the pool. 
Wait until the vagina is completely dry before putting on underwear. 
Avoid panties made of synthetic material, it is advisable to wear cotton panties and change them often, especially after sweating. 
Avoid using scented pads or panties. Avoid using colored toilet paper.
Removal of pubic hair is not allowed. 
Wear cotton panties and avoid tight pants and leggings. This allows air to circulate in the area of ​​the vulva. 
It is possible to use emollients to reduce itching. It is particularly useful if you cool in the refrigerator before application. 
Avoid scratching the parts of the itch because if you scratch the area, the itching gets worse. 
If itching is inevitable, especially during sleep, try to keep nails too short. Similarly, wearing cotton gloves can help protect the skin from further irritation or infection. 
If you can not sleep because of the itch at night, you can take an antihistamine before bedtime.

Vaginal itching remedies, proven and tested

Here is the list of remedies for vaginal itching that are readily available at home. 
The following natural remedies were collected from the experience of real people.


From the fridge

Ice packs
A cold pack or ice pack application are remedies for genital itching or burning. 
Ice numbs the nerve endings and so relieves discomfort. 
You have to put the compress on the intimate area and keep it about 20 minutes for immediate relief. 
Drink a glass of milk or yogurt without fruit every day to maintain good vaginal health. 
Both of these dairy products are good solutions for external vaginal itching. 
To provide immediate relief the genital itching is applied directly into the vaginal area and rinsed with cold water after 15 minutes. 
You can insert a tampon in the vagina after soaking with yogurt to calm the irritation.
Wait about 15 minutes before removing the tampon and rinsing the vulva with cold water.

From the kitchen

Garlic is a powerful antifungal herb. Eating garlic for 3-4 days often helps to reduce vaginal itching.

Salt bath
Dissolve 1/2 cup of salt in a shallow tub of water. While you are sitting in the tub, insert a finger into the vagina to let salt water in. Remove your finger and relax for 10-15 minutes. 
Make this salty bath continuously for 2 or 3 nights should relieve vaginal itching and irritation.

Powder of licorice
Create a product for washing by adding 1 teaspoon of licorice powder to half a liter of water. Leave the powder in water for 20 minutes. Cool and use as a wash.

Herbal Solution – Kacip Fatimah
Kacip Fatimah is a plant well known in Eastern cultures for its natural antiseptic and astringent properties (ie, it reduces or blocks secretion or bleeding). 
It is mixed with manjakani and forms a feminine product to wash without soap which helps prevent itching and vaginal secretions.

An excellent remedy is the oil of tea tree ( tea tree ), just a few drops diluted in a bowl of water. 
Wash in the morning and at night for at least a week.