Care For Feminine Itching With Over-The-Counter Medicines

Feminine itching can be an embarrassing and painful problem for women. Know what may be causing it and what you can do to help it.

Care for Feminine Itching with Over-the-Counter Medicines

When deciding how to treat a feminine itch problem, it is important to know what is causing it. There are a wide range of possibilities from excess sweating to sexually transmitted diseases. Before using an over-the-counter anti-itch medicine, it's a good idea to let a doctor check you to determine the cause of your itching.

Moisture is a very common cause of feminine itching. Not changing your clothes after exercising or hanging out in a wet bathing suit can cause vaginal itching. It is important to always put on dry clothes after swimming or exercising to keep moisture away. Wearing cotton underwear will also help. If you feel that moisture is the cause of your itch, Summer's Eve Feminine Powder may bring you relief. This powder immediately absorbs moisture and eases itching. It's also a good idea to sprinkle some in your underwear.

The source of your itching can also be an allergic reaction. This can be to a soap, detergent, or another product you're using. If you have recently switched any products, try switching back. Latex condom allergies will also cause itching. If your itching is being caused by an allergic reaction, soaking in a baking soda bath may bring relief. Summer's Eve anti-itch gel is also great for relief of itching caused by allergic reactions because it is hypo-allergenic and fragrance free.

Yeast infections are another biggie for causing feminine itching. Your first yeast infection should always be diagnosed by a doctor before treating it at home. If your symptoms are exactly the same as a previously diagnosed yeast infection, feel free to use over-the-counter medicine. Monistat is an over-the-counter medicine that is great for treating yeast infections. It is available in one, three, or seven day treatments and comes with an anti-itch cream. Some other over-the-counter treatments for yeast infections include Gyne-Lotrimin and Femstat 3. These products also come with anti-itch creams to use during treatment. Always follow directions for use provided on the product's label.

Vaginal thrush, though not as common as the previously listed, can also cause vaginal itching. As with yeast infections, it is best to let a doctor diagnose this as the source of your itching. Your doctor may want to treat you with an antibiotic. Once you are properly being treated, it still may be necessary for you to use an anti-itch cream to treat the itch. Summer's Eve anti-itch gel and Monistat cream are both available at your local stores. It is also o.k. to use store brands. The active ingredients in the name brand are generally the same as what is in the generic brand.

Feminine itching can also be caused by more serious problems. Vaginitis, genital herpes, and trichomoniasis, which are a sexually transmitted parasite infection, make up some of the more serious causes of vaginal itching. While there a wide variety of medicines available over-the-counter, it is very important to let a doctor rule out other causes. Whatever is causing your itch, if left untreated, can have serious effects that range from infertility to death. Over-the-counter creams and medicines can be helpful, however, if an unknown condition is causing the itching, these will do nothing more than mask the problem. So, as tempting as it may be to run to your local supermarket and pick up a cream to solve the problem, it is crucial that you let a doctor check you first to rule out other causes.

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