Vaginal rashes are often a side effect of infection, itching, and even vaginal dryness. Rashes are not usually seen as much except maybe some redness or bumps, but they can certainly make their presence known! While they are harmless, they are incredibly annoying and can make things like having sex painful and not terribly appealing. What are the causes of vaginal rashes and how can you deal with it?
Just like any skin rashes, vaginal rashes are usually caused by skin irritations. These irritations can come from a variety of places. Some women have allergies to their perfumed soap, douches or lubricants, others are allergic to contraceptives like condoms. Rashes can also be caused by sweat from the clothing you wear or from swimming in a less than pristine place such as a lake or river. Vaginal rashes can also be caused by pubic hair not growing in very smoothly or from shaving. As you can see, daily life can cause vaginal rashes, so it’s a common problem and one that can be difficult to prevent.
More uncommon problems causing vaginal rashes could be linked to any creams or gels you use, your shaving cream, STDs like herpes and eczema or other skin conditions. Again, these things can cause rashes, though they are also accompanied by other symptoms such as burning urination and vaginal dryness.
Dealing with rashes can be a bit tricky, particularly if you are allergic to the common over the counter prescriptions. There are some things you can do though to heal a rash:
- Lose the thong and wear comfy clothes. You don’t have to do this everyday, but some loose, cotton panties and loose pants at least a few days week will help you to keep the air circulating and prevent rashes
- Stop douching and using perfumed soaps. These things can irritate your skin and cause vaginal dryness and itching
- Stop using tampons and switch to panty liners
- Using a bit of baking soda in your bath is a natural way to deoderize and clean
If the itching persists, you should see a doctor because it could be a symptom of something more serious than a sweat rash. Vaginal rashes can also be a symptom of STDs and other problems, so don’t be afraid to seek help and testing to make sure the itching is caused by nothing serious.
Vaginal rashes are usually more annoying than anything else, but you should still take the time to deal with it. Make any changes you think will be appropriate and seek help if you need it. Good luck!