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What to do if your vagina is itchy?
Many women suffer from occasional or recurring uncomfortable itching of the vagina or behind it is often an inflammation of the vaginal mucosa, which can be caused by fungi, bacteria, viruses or single-cell organisms. The vaginal itch is usually accompanied by other symptoms that can provide clues as to the cause of the itching. If communicable venereal diseases are excluded by the gynecologist, remedies from naturopathy can help and prevent relapses.
Many women are familiar with the symptoms and there is usually no reason to be particularly concerned, even if the vaginal itch should not be taken lightly. In case of doubt, a medical examination is urgently advised. First, the most important facts in advance.
- causes: Itching is usually caused by infections with viruses, fungi, bacteria or protozoa that cause inflammation of the vagina. They are often easily transferable and it is not uncommon for further complaints to arise. The more harmless causes of vaginal itching include, for example, irritation due to improper intimate hygiene or underwear.
- Consultation with doctor required: Basically, the vaginal itch should be clarified by a doctor if there is no obviously harmless cause such as mechanical irritation from the underwear.
- treatment: Infectious diseases must be treated according to their causes, whereby effective drugs are available against most pathogens and a complete cure can usually be achieved. However, the occurrence of multi-resistant bacteria can also lead to treatment difficulties.
- Naturopathy for vaginal itch: Vegetable ointment from turmeric, marigolds or chickweed can be used in the treatment to relieve the itching and in particular to prevent and strengthen the vaginal flora, naturopathy offers a wide range of other measures.
The itch is usually in the area of the outer vagina, i.e. in the vaginal entrance and the labia. In addition to the itching sensation, there may be a burning sensation, pain and discomfort when urinating or during sexual intercourse. Redness, stains and oozing spots can appear as skin changes, but also swelling, blisters and nodules. There is often increased vaginal discharge, which can be noticed by changing color and smell.
Itching with vaginal inflammation
Inflammation of the vagina can be caused by viruses, fungi, bacteria and unicellular organisms. If pain is in the foreground next to the itching sensation and small, visible blisters form, an infection can also occur Herpes viruses are present (genital herpes).
With a fungal infection, mostly from the yeast Candida albicans causes itching, burning and increased discharge, which smells sour or yeast-like in part. Also with itching, burning and discharge (Flour) - often also with involvement of the urinary organs (cystitis, urethritis) - infections run along with Trichomonads or Chlamydiathat can be transmitted during sexual intercourse.
Formation due to disturbed vaginal flora
The vagina of a healthy woman is colonized by a large number of bacteria, especially lactic acid bacteria, which, by maintaining the naturally acidic environment, prevents the penetration or multiplication of unwanted germs. Acid barrier and a regulated moisture balance remain in balance, especially through the action of the body's own sex hormones. If this delicate balance is disturbed, the door is open for various germs to spread unchecked.
A weakened immune system, for example due to general illnesses, stress, psychological or physical overload or lack of sleep, forms the basis for a disturbance in the normal flora, which can be reinforced by other factors. These include phases of hormonal changes in pregnancy and menopause, the use of antibiotics, cytostatics, cortisone and contraceptives (the "pill"), underwear made from synthetic fibers that are not very breathable, and excessive genital hygiene with scented soaps. There are also some basic diseases that weaken the immune system, such as AIDS, diabetes mellitus, allergies, eczema or diseases of the liver and kidneys. Finally, cancer or a pre-cancerous stage can also be considered as the cause, but this is comparatively rarely the case.
Diagnosis and treatment options
In the case of unclear symptoms that last longer, a specialist examination is advisable to avoid the rise of possible infections and complications. The vagina is inspected with the colposcope, and the presence of germs can be identified using a color test and smear. Conventional therapy then takes place according to the cause of the medication, for example with antibiotics and antifungals (anti-fungal medication). Fungal diseases are a particularly widespread trigger here. A study among Swedish women showed that around percent of the female population suffer from fungal diseases.
Representatives of naturopathy rely on a general strengthening of the immune system and the development of a healthy vaginal flora. In the case of fungal infection, this always includes an examination for intestinal fungi and a special diet. The itchiness of the vagina can be relieved by turmeric or witch hazel tincture, marigold lotion or chickweed ointment, which can be used externally.
The physiological pH value can be restored by rinsing with a 25 percent vinegar solution, which also counteracts the itching. Additional lactic acid bacteria, which are used cure or after antibiosis, are available in the form of suppositories and creams in the pharmacy. Alternatively, a tampon can be made from linen cloth and - coated with natural yoghurt - inserted into the vagina. A clove of garlic in the vagina, which is well attached to a string (e.g. with dental floss), should also help to reduce germs.
In order to keep the vaginal flora as stable as possible, panty liners, perfumed soaps and chemical vaginal douching should be avoided. Many microbes love a moist, low-oxygen environment. As a preventative measure, underwear made of breathable, oxygen-permeable materials should therefore be preferred so that the vaginal itch does not even occur. (jvs, fp)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
- Volkan Özenci, Lena Klingspor, Måns Ullberg, Erja Chryssanthou, David W. Denning, Nahid Kondori: Estimated burden of fungal infections in Sweden, Mycoses (published 03 August 2019), Wiley Online Library
- Goje, O., Munoz, JL .: Vulvovaginitis: Find the cause to treat it: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine March 2017; 84 (3): 215-224, mdedge.com