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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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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