Last Modified on May 14, 2013
The Best Home Remedies to Cure Feminine Itching
"Itching "down there" can drive any woman crazy. "Down there" is the vulvovaginal area and anything from wearing tight clothing, to a vaginal infection like trichomoniasis can cause uncomfortable, even painful itching. Having an itch is not about being dirty or having poor hygiene. As you can see below, there are many common causes for it.
What makes an itch not an infection? Non-infectious vaginitis is described as moderate to mild itching often accompanied by irritation. But it's still enough to make you miserable. Everyday causes can be the culprit:
* Wearing certain clothing -- anything tight -- such as pantyhose, thong underwear, too tight underwear, tight jeans can trap moisture which can cause itching * Wearing synthetic materials next to the skin that don't let skin breath * Wearing a wet bathing suit * Excess perspiration * Your period, wearing pads or pantyliners, the hormonal fluctuations of your menstrual cycle * Allergic reactions to soaps, detergents, spermicides, condoms and deodorants * Vaginal or vulvar dryness (often experienced during menopause) * Sexual activity * Dermatological causes like eczema and psoriasis." (Source)
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 08/11/2009: Dee from High Point, North Carolina : "The ACV(apple cider vinegar) worked wonders. Nothing else worked and I used the Destin like cream as well this worked also. It is amazing how that ACV worked it took a few weeks but I am very happy that the Vaginal Itch is gone. I will be trying the cayenne pepper for maintance.Â Truly I need to monitor what I eat also.
I do not use anything with a scent soap detergent dryer sheets this has made a difference as well. I used the measurements suggested in the artical."
01/10/2011: Christina from Palmdale, Ca replies: "What is this apple cider vinegar? I have been itching for a long time I have tried everything I even stopped shaving. I itch on the sides only and its driving me crazy! It only really is bad at night. And I cannot sleep it itches some during the day but I used ice cubs to cool it down but I would like the itch to just be GONE! . I have delt with this since I was 18. I have been to a doctor about it but whatever they gave me a pink pill and it didn't work. It worked for the moment. But I think it made it worse. PLEASE HELP ME! I DUNNO WHAT ELSE TO DO IT IS RECKING MY SEX LIFE WITH MY HUSBAND AS WELL! . I was checked for HPV last year and this year iam HPV free! . (i hope. ) I have just fed up with this itching problem. I have even soaked in aveno it helps a little. I have soaked in ice cubs. I'm telling you I have tried everything.! . help me...."
01/10/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "This might be from a slow circulation to that area. Have you ever heard of Atomic Iodine? Most health food stores sell this. You can try and douche with a body temperature Atomic Iodine solution. Search the internet - there are a few companies manufacturing it. And you can probably find it at your local health food store. Start out with 3/4 tsp of the Iodine in a quart of water and douche with that at body temperature 2-3 days a week until it stops itching. Also, you can use a Glycothymoline soaked tampon inserted to get your pelvic area to a more alkaline state."
02/27/2012: Vivo from Tacoma, Washington, United States replies: "I am pretty sure that I have yeast infection based on the symptoms. I itch around that area. It looked a reddish, sometimes, I could see some white stuff, too. This is my 3rd day having this, and I am currently trying apple cider vinegar. Though, the itch has reduced, but I realize that there is yellowish liquid that I am not sure about. I wonder if you also had it and how long did it take you to treat it? please help me... I am very nervous because I do not want it to get worse. Thank you so much!!!"
[YEA] 05/21/2009: BTeach from Northridge, California: "I just wanted to say thank you for the ACV cure. I have been trying all the over the counter stuff, but NOTHING would stop the itch. So I did the Apple Cider Vinegar bath with 2 cups acv and 3 tsp of epison salt. It worked for the most part. I followed it up with applying the acv on a wash cloth and then applying directly to the outer part of my lady area. The pain was intense!!!! But about 5 minutes later I am pain and itch free. At this moment, that's all I can ask for!! Thank you!"Replies
03/14/2012: Debbie from Carterville, Il replies: "JUST STARTED THE VINAGER & BAKING SODA TREATMENT. HAVE BEEN ITCHING DOWN THER FOR ABOUT 8 MONTHS. HAVE TRIED EVERY THING BUT NO HELP. SURE HOPE THIS WORKS. WILL LET U KNOW HOW IT GOES."
08/04/2012: Nova from Ft. Wayne, Indiana, Us replies: "Thank you SO much for this advice. I've been suffering with this itch off and on for almost 2 years... The last month or so it has gotten much worse! I'm going to the store immediately for some acv... Hope it works!!!"
[YEA] 12/03/2007: Di from Northern California, U S A: "Four years ago, at age 46, I developed a feminine itch, which eventually became localized on the left labia. Night time discomfort and itching was the worse. The itching and scratching, often unknowingly during sleep, triggered, 2 whomping bacterial infections. An array of medical tests ruled out any life changing issues, to my relief. Both my GYN & family medical doctor, 3 different times--suggested I use estrogen cream to balance hormone levels. Frantically, I used estrogen cream for 2 years, to no relief. An eruption of a cyst in this area, added to my concern.
Then I sought advice from a respected herbalist who helped me to cleanse and detoxify my body over the last 2 years. She defiantly set me on a track of a better balanced system, and a noticeable difference in how I feel and function. Through a process of illumination, she and I narrowed this problem down to a sluggish lymphatic system. We set our focus and efforts in that area. However, the itch was still prevalent.
3 weeks ago, I ran across cayenne pepper in my spice cupboard, and remembered one of its many healing properties is on the circulatory system. Immediately I began a regimen of ½ tsp. 2 - 3 times a day, with meals, in an ounce of hot water. Yes, it does burn a bit going down, but that's a small drawback to the positive impact on what it has done. Also to note, I've nearly stopped my sugar, alcohol, and caffeine intake prior to, and during this time. The itch is nearly gone, and/or is under control at this time. Also, I attempted to re-introduce a small amount of caffeine back into my diet recently and the itch became more prevalent. Obvious there may be a connection between caffeine and this problem. I DO believe that the cayenne has had a positive effect on nearly stopping my annoying problem.
In addition to the itching, the skin in this area has been traumatized by the overuse of cortisone creams, and excessive scratching. Thickening, thinning, tenderness, and welts in the area, are my experiences. An "eczema" like skin condition has been near constant. The mixture of Zinc Oxide (Desitin) and Ichthamol, over the counter at the pharmacy, has done more to repair the skin condition. A bit messy, but worth the nuisance.
Note that I'm an a very healthy 50 year old woman, very active and excellent personal care habits, (with the exception of my one favorite morning cup of caffeinated beverage). The use of cayenne for this personal problem has worked for me. My advice for anyone who may be experiencing the perplexing problem is to: Seek medical professional advice, beware of personal eating and exercise habits that may lend to sluggish lymphatic system, research all the information available on this topic, and be open minded. Make conscience choices after investigating all options. My research shows there are many woman out there of all ages on the internet experiencing the same symptoms and frustrations. May sharing my story have a positive impact on others searching for answers to similar issues."Replies
09/19/2010: Lady Di from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been in agony for the past 5 months and getting worse. Tried everything but decided to look online for natural cures. I will definitely going to the store tomorrow for cayenne pepper and acv! Thank you again for your openess and honesty!"