Vagina rash is relatively common, but can be frustrating when you're suffering from it. A rash is sometimes connected to conditions like yeast infections, herpes, and some sexually transmitted diseases. More often though, it's a result of simple irritation.
What is a vagina rash?
A rash on the vagina appears much the same as a rash on another body part. Visually, the area will appear redder than normal. It may feel hotter than the surrounding skin and be tender. You can also experience burning during urination. Rashes can be spread through sexual contact, so it's best to abstain until your vagina has healed.
What causes them?
A vagina rash can be caused by a number of things. Infections are a potential source. The rash will appear as a symptom of the infection and likely not go away unless you treat the infection itself. Rashes are more commonly caused by irritation to the vagina. Irritation can come in many forms. First, toilet paper or feminine hygiene products containing fragrances or dyes can irritate the vagina and cause a rash. They often contain chemicals to make them look or smell the way they do, and these chemicals cause an adverse reaction to sensitive skin. Second, the soaps and detergents you use may be too harsh for contact with such a sensitive area. Not all products that claim to be gentle actually are. Third, vaginal sprays or cleansing wipes might irritate your skin.
How do I treat them?
A vagina rash is easily treatable if it's the result of irritation. Eliminating the source of irritation will help a lot. Use aloe vera gel or a soothing cream to soothe the rash until it heals. If the rash is a symptom of infection, the infection must be treated for the rash to disappear. Visiting a doctor is the only way to get a diagnosis and a recommendation for treatment. It's important to take this step because if you try to treat a vagina rash yourself, you may end up treating something that is not the real problem.
Can I prevent them?
You can prevent a vagina rash to some extent. Keeping the area dry will help, as will wearing cotton undergarments to allow good air circulation. Use plain, unscented hygiene products and soaps without unnecessary additives. Avoid any similar irritants as well. Finally, just keep the area clean.