Manage And Treat Vaginal Eczema For Less Irritation And Inconvenient Itching


Vaginal eczema can be a very sore and irritating condition for any woman to have.

It can be a constant source of annoyance, and may cause you some unnecessary embarrassment.

After getting the correct diagnosis from your doctor, there are ways to help you manage and treat the condition.

Ways to limit the negative effect it has on your life.

Find out which symptoms to look for, and what you can do to limit the chance of an outbreak.


Symptoms Of Vaginal Eczema

The main symptoms of vaginal eczema are

The symptoms can appear externally, as well as internally.

Most of the symptoms are common in all types of eczema. The burning sensation may occur while you are going to the toilet. You may find that the area stings, making it uncomfortable to urinate.


Causes

There are a few things that could trigger on outbreak of vaginal eczema.

  • Dryness. If the skin rubs or brushes together it can make it sore, particularly if it already dry. When the skin is dry it can make it more prone to breakage, and an infection occurring
  • Toiletries. So many products contain chemicals and fragrances. They can irritate the sensitive skin of your vagina, causing soreness and inflammation
  • Latex Allergy. The condition can be triggered or made worse if latex condoms are used during sex
  • Clothing. The type of underwear you wear could be a factor, as well as any tight clothes that have contact with the skin. Try to avoid tight clothing, items that contain dyes and clothing made of irritating materials, like wool
  • Sweat. Can be irritating to the skin, especially if it is broken.


Treatment and Self Management

There are some ways you can treat vaginal eczema. Both conventional and alternative treatments can be used.


Conventional Treatments

  • Emollients. It is very important to keep the area moisturised. Use an emollient regularly and frequently throughout the day. It is best to use one that is free from chemicals and perfumes, or one that you know doesn't have a negative effect on your skin
  • Topical Corticosteroids. These can help with sore and inflamed skin. I would recommend only using one that has been prescribed by your doctor. They can monitor the strength needed, and the length of time it is used for. It is best for their usage to be monitored as the vaginal area is very sensitive, so reducing any side effects
  • Antihistamines. Can help reduce itching. Itching in this area can be extremely uncomfortable. It can be all consuming. Antihistamines can relieve this feeling. They are particularly helpful at night


Alternative Treatments

  • Aloe Vera. A natural anti-inflammatory, it can reduce redness and itchiness. Aloe vera benefits eczema by having moisturising properties. It also reduces the number of bacteria on the skin, so the chance of getting an infection is less
  • Colloidal Oatmeal. A great moisturiser, relieving itching and inflammation. You can use it in the bath, or as part of a cream or soap
  • Rose Hip Oil. Another great moisturiser. It contains essential fatty acids which help reduce inflammation. It is recommended that you apply the oil after you get out of the bath or shower, as the skin is still damp. You could also add a few drops to your favourite moisturiser
  • Cold Compress. Dampen a soft towel or flannel with cold water. Apply to the affected area. It cools the skin, so reducing itching

Another option is to have an allergy test. It can help pinpoint any allergies you have that may make your vaginal eczema worse. It will help you to avoid any products or items that contain the offending allergens.


Self Management

  • Keep the area moisturised. Using an emollient regularly throughout the day is very important. It reduces dryness, so preventing uncomfortable skin rubbing, the skin breaking and an infection occurring
  • Avoid chemical filled products. This is especially true of any products that have prolonged contact with your skin, including bubble bath. Use natural products to keep the area clean, and also moisturise the skin. Try using one of the alternative soap options that can be used on eczematous skin
  • Avoid shaving and waxing when a flare up occurs. They can both damage the skin, and cause further irritation. Another problem that could arise is if you cut yourself. If there is an infection present it could cause it to spread further
  • Take caution when having sex. Sex can be uncomfortable, or even painful when you have vaginal eczema. Keep the area moist. One way is to use a lubricant. There are some natural ones that you can buy that are designed for people with sensitive skin. One example is Yes. They do a full range of products. Another thing to be mindful of is to use latex free condoms. They are readily available from pharmacies and supermarkets
  • Wear white cotton underwear. Organic is best. They have no dyes, or other chemicals in them. Avoid tight underwear, as well as other tight clothing. Also make sure that all clothing is rinsed out properly when washed. Detergents can irritate the skin. You could try a natural detergent, like soap nuts
  • Keep cool. It reduces irritating sweating. Keep hydrated, drinking water throughout the day. At night keep a window open, to keep your room aired. After exercise have a shower as soon as possible, then apply moisturiser to the affected area




To help combat your vaginal eczema you should visit your doctor, or gynaecologist. They will be able to help you treat and manage your eczema.

Never feel embarrassed about going to see someone about it. They are there to help, and without the right treatment the condition may get worse.

As the area is sensitive it can easily spread, making it harder to treat. Make it as easy as possible to get clear of vaginal eczema.


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