The vaginal area of the woman's body is extremely sensitive. There are times in which feminine itching and dryness can occur in this tender area. This unpleasant condition can be caused by a variety of conditions including vaginitis, yeast infection, allergens, menopause and even stress. A physician may need to be consulted to determine the cause in your particular case, but you can often treat the dryness and itching at home to obtain relief.
See your gynecologist or general practitioner to determine the cause of your vaginal dryness and itching. Once the cause is ascertained, proper treatment can begin. For example, if your physician diagnoses a yeast infection, you will likely need an anti-fungal preparation to treat it.
Clean your vagina gently several times per day. Use plain tap water or distilled water. Do not use soap or other cleansers, as this can further irritate the area. Pat dry with a clean white cloth.
Wear loose-fitting thin cotton underwear while suffering from vaginal itching and dryness. You may want to change your underwear twice a day to maintain cleanliness. Never put baby powder or other powders on your vaginal area, as this can increase irritation and itchiness.
Apply an oestrogen-based cream to relieve vaginal dryness. Look for an over-the-counter cream or gel that contends it will moisten the area for a day or more. Test the product on a very small area of the vagina to ensure that you have no adverse effects to it.
Restore moisture to your vagina naturally by ingesting fish oils that contain omega-3. You can eat fresh salmon, mackerel, halibut and tuna. Supplements containing fish oil are also available and can be taken to help you regain vaginal health by promoting hormone production.
Consume yoghurt containing live cultures to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the vagina. This is especially important if you have a yeast infection or if you are taking antibiotics, which can kill off the "good" bacteria in your system.
- Ask you doctor about taking oestrogen once you begin menopause to avoid problems with vaginal dryness.
- Do not linger in wet clothing but change immediately to help prevent the growth of yeast in the vagina.
- Always wipe front to back after using the toilet.
- Work to keep your blood sugar level under control if you are diabetic, as high blood sugar levels can cause frequent yeast infections.
- Avoid sexual activity until your vaginal itching and dryness is diagnosed and treatment is concluded.