Feminine itching is uncomfortable and embarrassing. It's an itch you can't scratch, at least not in public, but there are some ways to alleviate the problem at home. The cause of feminine itching can be an infection such as trichomoniasis or a yeast infection, but sometimes feminine itching occurs because of vaginal dryness or cyclical hormonal changes. If the itch is driving you crazy, try these home remedies to make it go away.
Apply ice or a cold compress for immediate relief from the itching. This is especially effective at night when the itching is most intense.
Fill a shallow tub or sitz bath with warm water and a half cup of salt. Stir until the salt dissolves, then sit in the water for 10 to 15 minutes. While you're sitting, insert your finger into your vagina to let the warm saline go inside. Do this before bed for two nights. Saline is effective against several types of infections.
Eat 1 cup of yogurt a day. Make sure the yogurt doesn't contain any sugar and that it has live acidophilus cultures in it. Acidophilus helps control the fungus that causes yeast infections.
Spread yogurt on a tampon and leave the tampon in for a few hours. If you have an empty applicator from vaginal suppository medication, fill the applicator with yogurt and freeze it. Insert the frozen yogurt directly into the vagina once or twice a day. You can also apply yogurt to the vulva to help relieve external itching.
Rinse your vagina with warm water mixed with 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar twice a day for two days.
Wear loose clothing to keep your vagina cool and dry, and wear 100 percent cotton panties so the skin can breathe. If you sit a lot during the day, get up and walk around frequently to keep your vagina from getting too warm.
Go to the doctor if none of these remedies is effective after two days. You could have an infection that home remedies can't cure.
Feminine itching can also be caused by an allergy to latex, or the fragrances in soap or laundry detergent.
Don't use douches, sprays, or other feminine products that contain fragrances. These are unnecessary, ineffective and they irritate the vagina. They can also cause an allergic reaction that will make you itch. Avoid scratching a feminine itch. Scratching irritates the delicate skin around the vulva and it just makes the problem worse. It can also make the itching last longer because you can make tiny cuts in your skin that will itch as they heal. Refrain from having sexual intercourse when your vagina is itching. Vaginal intercourse irritates sensitive skin and you don't want to pass an infection to your partner or make your infection worse.