To ease discomfort apply cold compress to the vaginal area. There is a type called Noninfectious vaginitis, you may be suffering from that. To treat this type of vaginitis, you need to pinpoint the source of the irritation and avoid it. Possible sources include new soap, laundry detergent, sanitary napkins or tampons. Your doctor may prescribe topical estrogen, such as a cream, to relieve your symptoms.
Good hygiene may prevent some types of vaginitis from recurring and may relieve some symptoms:
- Avoid tubs bath and whirlpool spas. Rinse soap from your outer genital area after a shower, and dry the area well to prevent irritation. Avoid scented or harsh soaps, such as those with deodorant or antibacterial action.
- Avoid irritants such as scented tampons and pads.
- Wipe from front to back after using the toilet so that you can avoid spreading fecal bacteria to your vagina.
Other things that may help prevent vaginitis include:
- Repetitive douching disrupts the normal organisms that reside in the vagina and can actually increase your risk of vaginal infection. So don't do too much douching.
- Use a latex condom. Both male and female latex condoms may help you avoid infections spread by sexual contact.
- Wear cotton underwear. If you feel comfortable without it, skip wearing underwear to bed. Remember yeast thrives in moist environments.