Can we do something about these rashes and the itching!?
The number of women suffering from rashes in the vulva area seems to be falling as the quality of sanitary products has improved. Even so, many women with sensitive skin are still troubled by them.
Rashes and itching during menstruation
Major causes are dampness and chafing
If you get vaginal rashes or itching during menstruation, two of the major causes are heat and dampness. Being in contact with sanitary pads can result in the vagina being kept damp. You are bound to get rashes under such conditions as the skin is irritated by the remaining menstrual flow and any sweat on sanitary pads that has not been absorbed. It is similar to the diaper rash which babies get; women with sensitive skin suffer from such rashes.
Chafing is another cause. When the skin is dry, for example, the area can be chafed by sanitary pads rubbing it while moving or walking.
If you have an abnormal vaginal discharge in addition to itching and rashes
Women can get vaginal itching and rashes even when they are not having their period. If you have the following symptoms, you should consult a doctor, as you may have an illness.
What to do if you have a rash
Don´t wash it with soap
It is best to wash the delicate area with warm water when you have a vaginal rash. Rubbing it with soap will only worsen your symptoms. Be careful, as surfactants in body soap will greatly irritate the area, often causing inflammation and other troubles.
Use wet wipes when you are away from home
If you experience a sudden onset of itching or rashes, gently wipe your vulva using wet wipes or cleansing cotton which do not contain irritants. We recommend you avoid products that contain irritants such as alcohol or deodorants.
If an over-the-counter drug does not work
Carefully wash the areas where you have itching or rashes with warm water. Once it has dried, gently apply an over-the-counter ointment to the area. If such an over-the-counter drug is not sufficiently effective, you should consult a gynecologist or dermatologist as soon as you can.
What can you do to prevent rashes and itching?
Choosing sanitary pads
Anyone concerned about rashes or itching should choose a less irritating range of sanitary pads made from cotton. Use a tampon if you are still troubled.
Change pads frequently, and make sure you keep clean!
Change sanitary pads frequently during your periods, and do your best to keep clean by taking a daily bath or shower.
If you have sensitive skin or allergies
Many people who often get vaginal or vulvar rashes seem to have sensitive skin or allergies. In such cases, you should consult a gynecologist or a dermatologist to identify a suitable treatment.
Boosting the body´s defenses by keeping well rested
In general, your skin becomes more sensitive and you are more prone to rashes when your body´s defenses are down. It is essential not to accumulate fatigue, but to get enough sleep and boost your body´s defenses. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and learn to live comfortably with your periods.