To relieve feminine itching, use water and plain, unscented soap to wash the external genital area once daily, change underwear every day, wear cotton undergarments instead of synthetic fabrics, and avoid scented bubble bath, creams, pads and toilet paper, recommends WebMD. Avoid feminine scented sprays and douches, and always use a condom when engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
A vaginal moisturizer may provide relief if the itching is caused by dryness, notes WebMD. Vaginal dryness may also be caused by washing the genitals too often. Always wipe from front to back after a bowel movement. Using a water-based lubricant during sexual intercourse may prevent vaginal irritation, and avoiding sex while symptoms are present may prevent further irritation. Try not to scratch the itchy area, as it may cause further irritation.
Treating the underlying cause of the vaginal irritation may provide relief, states WebMD. Some common causes of vaginal irritation include bacterial vaginosis, a yeast infection, menopause and a sexually transmitted disease. Feminine itching may also be caused by chemical irritants, such as laundry detergents, fabric softeners, contraceptive foams and soaps. Vaginal irritation often subsides naturally, but if the irritation persists or becomes bothersome, schedule an appointment with a health care professional.