Itching around the genitals is not only common in men but women also sometimes experience an uncontrolled itchy vagina which can be awkward if you are in a public place. There is nothing to be ashamed of as it is a natural phenomenon as the skin around the vagina is sensitive and can often cause itching, rashes. Most women do not share this problem with anyone because of shame where they must talk to a gynecologist to find out the root cause. There are many cases where women suffer from valvular itching for months but it is not treated. Let’s raise awareness about valvular conditions through this article so that people do not have to control that itching.
According to Dr. Samar Gupte, MD, Consultant Gynecologist and Cancer Specialist at Hinduja Healthcare, Hinduja Hospital Mahim, Surya Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai. Pain and itching around the valve is a common symptom of an underlying valve condition. If you experience frequent itching, you must check yourself. In most cases, itching is also caused by allergies, hay fever, diabetes, thyroid, and skin disorders.
There are three conditions where your valve may feel itchy and painful.
- Skin condition– The skin around the valve is ultimately the only skin that can be affected due to internal or external factors. This can cause eczema and psoriasis around your vagina too! In summer it is common because sweat and abrasions wear out the skin.
- Use of scented vaginal products– Do not use any kind of perfume around your genitals. These include scented vaginal washes and deodorants. These products can cause skin reactions.
- Allergic reactions– If you feel itchy valve after using certain products, it can cause irritation and allergies which can lead to valve condition. Stop using such products immediately. If you continue to use them, it can cause severe skin reactions.
Note: Vaginal itching should not be ignored if it persists for a long time. Do a self-analysis first and then go to a gynecologist to diagnose the problem.
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How to treat valvular itching and rash?
If the problem is minor, it is possible to treat the condition at home. According to Dr. Gupta, the treatment of valvular and vaginal itching depends on the problem. If the triggers are external, removing them can bring immediate relief. For example, if you experience itching and irritation after using a certain soap or vaginal product, stopping using it will improve your condition.
- Problems due to allergic reactions can be relieved by taking anti-allergic medications.
- Antihistamines can also solve the problem.
However, these are remedial measures that may not work for everyone. This condition can be repeated if there is an internal reason for it. In such cases, specialist supervision is required and you must consult a doctor for proper treatment.
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Valver itch care tips by doctor
Taking good care of your vagina and surrounding skin has won half the battle. The area is sensitive and should be dealt with sensitively. Here are some expert care tips for Valva:
- The skin around the vulva is very sensitive. You should avoid using chemical-based products around your vagina.
- Do not use perfumed soaps as they disturb the pH of the skin around the valves.
- Use vaginal wash recommended by your doctor. These prevent hydrating and dryness.
- Do not use sanitary pads as they contain chemicals which can cause itching. Use tampons or monthly cups instead.
- Use only medicated products for vaginal cleansing as these provide the necessary support and are free from irritating and harsh chemicals.
- Use only natural wipes with organic oils.
- Do not scratch with nails as it may cause redness and rash which can be extremely painful.
- Wear loose clothing and try to wear only cotton undergarments or breathable fabric.
- Use a hydrating moisturizer or body butter to keep valvular skin hydrated and moisturized. It prevents dryness and itching.
Valvular conditions can occur for a variety of reasons. It is important to identify them and treat them accordingly to prevent recurrence. You can consult a gynecologist for a physical examination and then follow the treatment.
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