Medic for Vaginal Itching and Burning

Women of all ages suffer from vaginal itching from time to time. Itching, burning or irritation in a sensitive area like the vagina and vulva can be very uncomfortable.

Some common causes of itching, burning and irritation in and around the vaginal area are bacterial or yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), menopause and chemical irritants.

Vaginal pinworm infections can also cause vaginal itching; however, this type of infection is common in children. Excessive stress and a weak immune system can increase the likelihood of suffering from this uncomfortable problem.

In addition to itching and burning sensations, there can be redness and swelling in and around the vagina and vulva. Vaginal discharge and odor may also be present. Often, women also have discomfort during urination or intercourse.

To stop vaginal itching, you need to maintain proper hygiene as well as follow a healthy lifestyle and diet. Also, try some simple home remedies to get temporary relief from the symptoms. However, for proper diagnosis and treatment, consult your doctor.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for vaginal itching and burning.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy for treating vaginal itching due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also helps restore the natural pH balance of your vagina.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water. Use this solution to wash your vagina twice daily for a few days.
  • Also, add 1 tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of raw honey to a glass of warm water and drink it twice daily.

2. Cold Compress

To get instant relief from vaginal itching, use a cold compress. It will help numb the area and reduce the itching and inflammation.

  1. Wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and tie it together.
  2. Put this ice pack on your vagina for a few minutes.
  3. Take a break for 30 seconds and reapply it.
  4. Repeat until the itching stops.
  5. Use this remedy as needed.

You can also rinse the vaginal area with cold water a few times a day.

3. Salt Water Bath

Enjoying a salt-water bath can also relieve vaginal itching. Salt will control the growth of the microbes causing the infection and in turn reduce itching and other discomforts.

  • Add 1 tablespoon of salt to a glass of water and use it to wash your vagina whenever you feel the itch. This will give you instant relief.
  • Alternatively, fill your bathtub with warm water and add ½ cup of salt to it. Sit in the water in a squatting position for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 2 or 3 times daily for a few days for best results.

Note: Do not use salt remedies if you have any skin tears or open sores.

4. Yogurt

Plain, unsweetened yogurt with active cultures is another good remedy to stop itching and burning in and around your vagina. The active cultures can control the spread of infection in the body. It also helps kill yeast and bad bacteria in the vagina and promote the growth of good bacteria.

  • Dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice daily until you get relief.
  • Also, eat a few cups of plain, unsweetened yogurt every day.

5. Garlic

Garlic contains antibacterial as well as antibiotic properties that can help kill bacteria and yeast. It also improves the immune system and helps the body fight infections.

  • Dilute a few drops of garlic oil with 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil and apply it on the affected area. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Use this remedy twice daily for a few weeks.
  • Chew 3 cloves of raw garlic daily. Alternatively, you can take garlic supplements after consulting a doctor.

6. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac, also known as neem, is a good remedy if you suffer from vaginal itching due to a yeast infection. Its antiseptic properties help fight the infection and reduce itching and other discomforts.

  • Boil a handful of neem leaves in 2 to 3 cups of filtered water. Strain and allow it to cool. Use this solution to rinse the vaginal area once daily for a few weeks.
  • Alternatively, add a few drops of neem oil to a bowl of lukewarm water and use it as a rinse for your vagina. Repeat this remedy twice daily for a couple of weeks.
  • You can also drink neem tea a couple of times daily or take neem capsules after consulting a doctor.

7. Kefir

Kefir, a fermented dairy product rich in probiotics, is an effective home treatment for vaginal itching and related symptoms.

The wide variety of probiotic bacteria, particularly lactobacillus and bifidus, in kefir help get rid of the yeast and bad bacteria that cause vaginal infection and itching. This drink also boosts your immune system to prevent infections.

  • For a vaginal infection, dip a tampon in kefir and insert it in the vagina for two hours. Do this twice daily until you get rid of the problem.
  • Also, drink 1 to 2 cups of kefir daily for a couple of weeks.

8. Honey

Unpasteurized honey is another effective remedy to stop the itching. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help get rid of any microbial infection that could be causing the problem.

  • Apply unpasteurized honey as an ointment on the affected area. Leave it on for about 30 minutes, then take a bath in warm water. Repeat at least twice a day until the symptoms improve.
  • Also, eat 1 to 2 tablespoons of unpasteurized honey with a glass of warm water twice daily.

9. Cranberry Juice

Drinking unsweetened cranberry juice also helps treat vaginal irritation and itching. Cranberries create an acidic environment that helps inhibit the growth of yeast and bacteria.

In addition, it helps prevent urinary tract infections and other kinds of bladder infections.

  • Drink about 2 glasses of unsweetened cranberry juice daily until the itching has stopped.
  • If cranberry juice is not available, you can take cranberry tablets twice daily. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.

10. Boric Acid

Boric acid can also provide relief from vaginal itching and the irritation, thanks to its antiseptic and antifungal properties.

  1. Dilute some boric acid with water.
  2. Apply the solution over the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 1 to 2 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water.
  4. Follow this remedy once daily for a couple of weeks.

Additional Tips

  • Keep the vaginal area dry as much as possible. Moisture around your vagina will worsen the condition.
  • Maintain good hygiene to prevent vaginal itching. After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back.
  • Wear only cotton underwear and change it twice daily.
  • If possible, sleep without underwear until the itching has subsided.
  • Avoid bubble baths, scented sanitary pads and any other chemical irritants.
  • Do not douche or use harsh soaps to wash your vagina. Also, resist the temptation to scratch the itching area.
  • Avoid intercourse until the itching has stopped.
  • After exercising or swimming, take a shower immediately.
  • Eat foods high in vitamin C to strengthen the immune system. This will reduce infections in the body.
  • Avoid sugar when suffering from chronic vaginal itching caused by yeast infection.

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  • Um hi, so my vagina is swollen and it itches like hell and i feel pain i walk, then today i say some discharge and i didn't like how it look, I'm a bit scared, can all those stuff help?

  • Long time since anyone posted on here . So I'm going to start it back up.
    ( I'm 51 the 10th) . (MENAPAUSE. FOR 4 YEARS NOW . NO PERIOD.)
    I'm all of a sudden itching burning, made a mistake had sex..OMG... I peed it burned like a ,FIRE !!!
    GOT SOME VO THATS FOR YEAST INFECTIONS BEEN TAKING IT THIS WILL BE THE( 3RD DAY0 TODAY . There is NO DIFERENCE WITH THE YEAST INFECTION THOUGH. TASKING A PILL 3 TIMES A DAY. DIDNT HELP ME.
    THIS IS THE first time, Ive had a yeast infection before. I knew right away that's what it was. a yeast infection I think for me. no discharge or smell , my exsp.
    If you do, HAVE DISCHARGE SMELL. seek medical attention , don't let that get worse..
    IM GOING TO TRY THE . 1.VINEGAR. 2. ICE, 3.THEN SOME HONEY.

    ILL BE BACK TO LET YOU KNOW HOW THIS WORKED FOR ME..!!

    It worked great.!! THANKS FOR ALL THE ADVICE.
    AND SAVING ME A TRIP TO THE DR. GOT INSTANT RELEF.
    BOTH THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND THE ICE. DID THE TRICK..MUCH BETTER NOW THANK .
    ILL CHECK BACK IN FEW DAYS. LET YOU KNOW HOW ITS GOING... THANKS

  • Cranberry juice does not have to be unsweetened to work.

    Don't put stuff in or at the entrance of your vaginal canal without consulting a doctor. Otherwise, these remedies should not harm you even if they don't help, but if in doubt a doctor, pharmacist, or nurse.

  • I think I might try the ice.....this just started happening with regular itching for like 3 days and idk Joe much longer I can take this I am constantly going to the bathroom to resituate my pants and things I hope this works...pls work

  • I'm 62 and was on iv. antibiotics for 3weeks and then oral which I'm sure caused my vulva to itch. This is the second time in six months. I've been lucky never had this problem before but its excruciating especially at night and when you're out somewhere. I have a beside table full of creams even tried nappy rash cream vagisil wash and feminine itching cream and ice and aloe Vera gel with only temporary relief so I'll be trying the salt water and apple cider vinegar now.I also went to a doctor three times and was prescribed canasten and steroid cream, it's difficult to get on top of. Sometimes simpler things are the best. When I stopped recieving the antibiotics the first time it eventually went away itself but it took ages as is now so I'm definitely going to give this a whorl. There is no discharge just redness,itching, a strange sporadic needly pain and slight swelling. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It's like chilli in your pants. Thanks

    • I could have written this myself! I had pneumonia in the fall, had IV antibiotics and went home with more antibiotics. I have used three Monistat creams, Metrogel, and terconazol to cure or prevent a yeast infection. I have a drawer full of prescription creams, i.e. nystatin ointment, triamcinaolone acetate, betamethasone, etc, etc, etc. Even Vaseline and coconut oil burns. Baking soda sitz baths burns. My new gyn told me to use Replens and that made the burning 10 X worse! I have stopped using everything and I feel a little better, but by the end of the evening I am burning again. I had no problem like this until I took those dang antibiotics.

  • I absolutely hate this!! Been suffering with it for about 3 years and it hasn’t gotten bad until now. The rash has now reached the bottom on one side of my butt and I now see that I’ve got some swelling. I did stay using neem oil and that was working really well, but I wasn’t consistent. If anything on these remedies, you have to be consistent until it goes away permanently.
    I’m gonna go back into using the neem oil and hope that it’ll clear things up in a few weeks. Nothing is worse than getting intense itching in public 😪

  • Hi, I have been suffering from itchiness and discomfort around my vagina. Have sex is horrible and painful. I have changed from pad to tampons, now I have gone back to pads. I'm thinking of seeking medical attention but not sure where to even start, because I'm so embarrassed.
    Help!?

  • I have itching continue 4 mnths redness also..took so many medicines bt note relieve ...i dont under stand wt can i do now ..plz help me

    • Colidal silver applied after showering will relieve the itch. wonderful for any type of infection. Buy it on amazon.

      • Colidal silver even heals the skin I have from scratching

        Apply after shower to skin, and before bed. Yeast infections have to be healed from the inside also. Do a candid cleanse

  • Just started going thru life changes when I felt burning, itchiness down there . I used cold wash rag at night, kept me up when the rag got warm the systoms can back. I looked on this site and took a salt water bath. What a relief no more irriation.

    • my vagina itches and burns i am going to try th apple cider vinegar i hope it works if not i will talk to my doctor about this

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