Vaginal burning can be very painful and cause extreme discomfort. It’s caused by a number of factors, including substances, infections, menopause, etc. In some very rare cases, however, this condition can be a symptom of vulvar cancer. Thus, it’s important that you have it checked by your gynecologist.
Over the years, health experts have come up with several home remedies for vaginal burning and itching. Although, some of the remedies are not recommended by OBGYN department, there are other treatments that can be truly useful for this condition and are recognized by doctors.
Natural home remedies for vaginal burning and itching
1. Sitz bath
A popular natural remedy for hemorrhoids, sitz or cool bath is also used as an effective natural treatment for vaginal burning. Sitting in a cool bath can relieve the pain and itchiness, even without the addition of baking soda or Epsom salt.
One of the main causes of non-infectious inflammation and burning within the vaginal area is the use of scented soaps, strong cleanser and feminine hygiene spray. To remove irritants, you can flush the vaginal area using cool bath. It will also help in removing the allergens from semen.
2. Calendula flowers
They can soothe skin irritation in the vaginal area. You don’t need to purchase calendula solution from a health shop as you can easily prepare your own solution.
- To prepare, combine dried flowers of calendula and the flowers of St. John’s Wort.
- Add comfrey leaves.
- Then, the mixture is immersed in vegetable oil, like walnut or olive.
- Cook it by placing the mixture in a double boiler for about an hour.
- After that, strain the oil.
- Add beeswax and heat the mixture again in order to melt the wax.
- Make sure that the mixture has cooled down before applying it to the affected area.
- Place the remaining mixture in a glass jar and store it in a dry place for about a year.
3. Ice packs
Vaginal burning can also be treated by applying ice packs to the area. Place the pack to the irritated skin for a few minutes. Then, make sure that the area is clean and dry. Avoid using topical hygiene products to prevent aggravating the condition.
You can also combine yogurt and garlic to make a powerful home remedy for vaginal burning. Although this remedy isn’t recommended by some doctors, many women who have suffered from this condition have sworn by its effectiveness.
To use it, apply the mixture directly to the area. You may use a tampon or a syringe filled with the mixture. Make sure that it doesn’t have needle on it. Inject the mixture inside. Use a sanitary napkin or a pad to catch excess mixture.
5. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains excellent antibacterial and anti fungal properties. It helps to remove the burning sensation if it is caused by fungal or bacterial action.
Pour 2 cups of apple cider vinegar in the warm bath water. Soak your body in the bathtub for 20-30 minutes. Do this daily until the burning and itchiness is gone.
6. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties which is great for vaginal burning caused by yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis.
- Add few drops to 1 cup of water and rinse your affected area with that solution.
- You can also add tea tree oil in your bath water.
- Another alternative is to soak a tampon in a tea tree oil solution for a burning relief. Mix tea tree oil and 2 tsp. of vitamin E oil with 1 cup of water. Soak a tampon in this mixture and insert into the vagina.
Note: Tea tree oil should be taken externally. Never ingest the tea tree oil.
Other home remedies for preventing vaginal burning
7. Change your diet
Sometimes, vaginal burning can be caused by your diet. Experts recommend eliminating refined foods from your diet, like sugar, caffeine, starchy foods, etc. It’s also imperative that you quit smoking or avoid drinking alcohol drinks.
Instead of taking alcoholic beverages, it’s wise to just drink cranberry juice or take an unsweetened yogurt as a natural cure for vaginal burning.
8. Avoid scented soaps, pads, baths, and feminine sprays.
Scented products may cause additional irritation and burning sensation. Instead, use hypoallergenic, mild, and unscented products.
9. Avoid douching.
Douching disrupts the normal vaginal flora.
10. Avoid hot tubs and swimming pools.
These facilities may cause chemical irritants that would cause vaginal itching and burning.
11. Wear 100% cotton underwear.
Cotton is breathable and absorbs moisture away from your body. Change your panties daily or when it gets damp. Yeast likes to grow in moist environment and nylon or other synthetic panties would stimulate that. If you don’t have any cotton underwear, try to wear at least panties that have a cotton panel at the crotch.
12. Change your clothes.
Change your clothes after a sweaty workout or a wet swim suit as soon as you are able to.
13. Wipe from front to back after a bowel movement.
This would prevent the bacteria spreading from the anus to the vagina.
14. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes.
Tight clothing can cause a warm and moist environment for yeast to grow.