Mary has been very troubled recently because of abnormal itching in her private parts. Although she has been cleaning carefully, applying ointments, and taking a lot of health food to care for her private parts, the itching has not improved, but has become more and more serious. After seeing a doctor, the doctor asked Mary about her living habits and found that she had been using some kind of private area cleaning solution one month ago. The doctor asked Mary to stop using the cleaning solution, pay attention to the maintenance of her private area, and wipe it regularly to relieve itching. ointment; about 1 week later, Mary vulvar itching problem improved immediately.
What is the connection between private parts cleaning solution and vulvar itching? What other reasons can cause itching in the private parts? What should you pay attention to when cleaning and maintaining your private parts?
Itching of the vulva and labia? Description of the structure of female private parts
The female vulva includes the labia majora, clitoris, urethral opening, vaginal opening and other structures. It is a very sensitive body organ. Factors such as humidity, temperature, cleanliness, endocrine and disease may irritate the vulva, causing inflammation or itching. disease.
3 reasons why private parts are itchy
The causes of itching in the private parts can be divided into the following three types:
Reason 1. External environment and cleanliness of private areas
- Moisture and heat in private areas: If the climate is hot and humid all year round. If you are prone to sweating and often wear stuffy, airtight, tight-fitting underwear and outer pants, sweat and moisture will accumulate in the underwear, causing bacteria to breed and skin inflammation.
- Excessive cleaning of the private parts: The vagina inhibits bacteria by maintaining an acid-base balance. Frequent use of vaginal douching liquids or highly irritating private parts cleaning solutions may destroy the vaginal acid-base balance, irritate the vulva, and cause dryness and dryness of the vagina.
Reason 2. Disease
The following four types of diseases may cause itching in the private parts:
- Infectious diseases: bacterial vaginosis, candida vaginitis, trichomonas vaginitis, or sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and genital herpes.
- Acute and chronic eczema: Acute eczema is usually related to allergies, while chronic eczema is caused by long-term itching and scratching.
- Diabetes or other autoimmune diseases: These diseases can weaken immunity and increase the risk of vaginal infections.
Hormone imbalance: Menopause or taking hormonal drugs may cause insufficient secretion of estrogen, leading to vaginal dryness, atrophy, and itching.
Reason 3. Allergy
The skin of the vagina is very sensitive to the external environment, and the following factors may trigger allergic reactions:
- Use harsh lubricants, lotions, bath products, or intimate cleansers.
- Use sanitary napkins and tampons for too long.
- Use of sex toys and foreign objects.
- Contact with allergy-prone materials, such as latex condoms and poor-quality underwear.
How to deal with itching in private parts? Should I apply anti-itch ointment? Treatment for itching in private parts
First of all, you need to understand the reasons for itching in the private parts, and use medication or adjust your living habits according to different causes. If the vulva is only slightly dry and itchy, you can adjust your living habits and maintain your private parts according to the following 4 points:
- When bathing, use warm water to rinse the vagina and do not scrub excessively to avoid damaging the delicate skin tissue.
- Avoid using irritating cleaning and hygiene products. If you want to use them, please use “weakly acidic” topical cleaning products.
- Try to wear underwear and outer pants that are breathable and not too tight, especially in hot weather.
- During menstrual period, increase the frequency of changing tampons or tampons to keep your private parts clean.
If in addition to itching in the private area, you also have the following 4 symptoms, it is usually eczema or an infectious disease. It is recommended to seek medical examination as soon as possible:
- Redness, swelling, stinging, and burning in the vagina
- Discharge that is abnormally colored or has a strong smell
- Pain during intercourse
- Painful urination
The doctor will give antibiotics, oral or topical antifungal drugs, antipruritic ointments or vaginal plugs according to the cause of infection. It should be noted that different causes of infection require different treatment methods. For example, candida infection should use antifungal drugs. For trichomonal vaginitis, anti-trichomoniasis drugs must be used. If the right medicine is not prescribed, just swiping the anti-itch ointment purchased from the pharmacy may destroy the protective barrier of the vaginal skin and worsen the condition.