Thursday, December 31, 2009

Can anyone tell me some tips or some cream to control vaginal itching?

i tried using vagisel cream but not working . am not able to sleep at night because of this but there is no itching in day time pls helpCan anyone tell me some tips or some cream to control vaginal itching?
Vaginal itching

Common causes of vaginal itching include:

Chemical irritants -- such as detergents, fabric softeners, feminine sprays, ointments, creams, douches, and contraceptive foams or jellies.

Vaginal yeast infection -- often includes a discharge that is white and curd-like. Vaginal yeast infections can be brought on by antibiotics, birth control pills, pregnancy, menstruation, condom use, sexual intercourse, diabetes, and a weakened immune system.

Vaginitis -- inflammation, itching, discharge, and odor caused by other infections (including sexually transmitted diseases). Vaginitis in girls before puberty is common. If a young girl has a sexually transmitted vaginal infection, however, sexual abuse must be considered and addressed.

Menopause -- the drop in estrogen causes thinning of the vaginal wall and less lubrication.

Stress -- may increase vaginal itching and make you more susceptible to infections.

Other possible, but less common, causes of vaginal or vulvar itching include:

Pinworms (a parasitic infection mainly affecting children)

Certain skin conditions affecting the vulvar skin, some of which may be precancerous

Home Care Return to top

To prevent and treat vaginal itching:

Keep your genital area clean and dry. Use plain, unscented soap.

Avoid colored or perfumed toilet tissue and bubble bath.

Wear cotton panties or pantyhose with a cotton crotch. Avoid panties made from synthetic materials. For infants and toddlers, change diapers often.

Change out of wet clothing, especially wet bathing suits or exercise clothing, as soon as possible.

Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches.

Eat yogurt with live cultures or take lactobacillus acidophilus tablets when using antibiotics. Check with your doctor.

Cleanse by wiping or washing from front to back (vagina to anus) after urinating or having a bowel movement.

Lose weight if you are over weight.

Keep your blood sugars under good control if you have diabetes.

It is also helpful to:

Avoid scratching, which will only aggravate the problem.

Avoid overexertion, heat, and excessive sweating.

Delay sexual activity until your symptoms get better or at least use a lubricant during intercourse.

Use condoms to avoid catching or spreading sexually transmitted diseases.

If you know that you have a yeast infection because your symptoms are exactly the same as those in the past, try over-the-counter creams or vaginal suppositories鈥?/a>



* Itching persists more than three days, doesn't respond to home remedies or is getting progressively worse.

What Your Symptom Is Telling You

Unless you spend your summers at a nudist camp, your private parts are often covered in three or four layers of material鈥攑erhaps a pantiliner, panties, a pair of snug-fitting pantyhose and your coolest Calvin Kleins.

So what is that warm, moist part of you doing under all those layers?

It's itching! And it's driving you nuts.

Vaginal itching can come from something as simple as trapping bacteria for too long under too many layers of too-tight clothes. All that warmth and moisture provide perfect conditions for incubating infections.

In fact, itching can be the unwelcome calling card of a wide variety of infections, ranging from bacterial vaginitis to yeast (also called Candida albicans or monilia) and trichomoniasis.

The itching can also signal an allergy to a chemical in soap, deodorant or dye, or may simply be a sign of thinning vaginal tissues in women approaching menopause.

Symptom Relief

Let's take a soothing look at how to banish that infernal itching.

Sitz in some salt. Several forms of vaginitis will often respond to a simple home remedy鈥攖he saline sitz bath. Here's the recipe from Gideon Panter, M.D., a gynecologist in New York City.

Dissolve a half-cup table salt in a shallow tub of warm water. In the tub, insert your finger into your vagina to let the warm salt water in, then remove your finger and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Two or three consecutive nights of sitz baths should ease the itch, if yours is home treatable, Dr. Panter says.

Abstain for the duration. Don't have sexual intercourse until your itching has cleared up, Dr. Panter says. If the organism that set up its itchy housekeeping in your vagina was transmitted by your partner, there's no sense in re-exposing yourself to trouble. Take a few days to show love in other ways, he suggests.

Consider the condom. Condoms provide wonderful protection against both unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease. If condom use always seems to be followed by a bout of vaginal itching, however, it's possible that an allergy to the condom's latex rubber, powder coating or lubricant could be the problem.

Try this simple home patch test from Bruce Katz, M.D., a dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. Tape an inner-side piece cut from a fresh condom to one arm, and an outer-side piece to the other arm. Leave both pieces in place for 48 hours, and keep the areas dry. If both arms react, you're allergic to the rubber. If only the arm with the inside of the condom taped to it gets itchy or rashy, you're allergic to the powder. If only the arm with the outside piece reacts, you're allergic to the lubricant.

Does this mean you should avoid using condoms? Absolutely not, says Dr. Katz. Their role in reducing infection risk is too critical. Instead, have your partner use two鈥攍ambskin over latex if you are allergic to rubber, or reverse the order if the powder is the problem. Why not just switch to lambskin? Lambskin on its own can't protect against some organisms, including the virus that causes AIDS. Dr. Katz says a nonlatex condom should be on the market shortly, which will solve the problem entirely.

Ask your doctor. You'll need your doctor's help to determine which type of infection is causing your itching. If you've been diagnosed with yeast infections in the past, and are very familiar with the specific symptoms, call your doctor for a prescription, recommends R. Don Gambrell, Jr., M.D., clinical professor of endocrinology and obstetrics and gynecology at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics in Augusta. Your doctor will prescribe antifungal medications such as Vagistat, Nystatin or Monistat.

Trichomoniasis is treated with the prescription antibiotic Flagyl. Bacterial infections call for antibacterial agents鈥攅ither sulfa drugs or, if you're allergic to sulfa, with Betadine antiseptic, an over-the-counter product, says Dr. Gambrell.

';And be sure to have your doctor test you for the human papilloma virus (HPV),'; recommends Jessica L. Thomasson, M.D., a gynecologist at Columbia Medical Center in Milwaukee. This virus, which causes genital warts, is an important and frequently overlooked cause of vaginal itching, she says.

Get help for menopause symptoms. If you're approaching menopause, ask your doctor about treatments for itching caused by changes that are taking place in the vagina. Hormone replacement therapy is an option, but you should also ask about prescription hormonal creams for the vagina.

Bag the douche and powder. Douching not only won't help to relieve itching or vaginitis, it may be dangerous, says David Eschenbach, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. Douching may drive infectious material up through the cervix and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, he says.

The use of talcum powder or cornstarch is questionable, too, Dr. Eschenbach says. Over time, the tiny particles may collect near the ovaries and increase ovarian cancer risk.

Defeating the Yeast Beast and more....鈥?/a>鈥?/a>鈥?/a>鈥?/a>

Now you have a lot to read and I am sure you'll find the right way to deal with your problem.

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