How to stop itching down there immediately?

How to stop itching down there immediately
Medically reviewed by Dr. Ola Tarabzuni


Itching in private areas can happen for various reasons, from irritants like harsh chemicals in hygiene products to infections like yeast or bacteria. Other factors include skin conditions, hormonal changes, and even stress. Home remedies like baking soda baths or coconut oil can help ease itching, and a doctor may prescribe medications like clotrimazole or miconazole. Good hygiene practices and wearing cotton underwear can prevent itching. Consulting a healthcare provider is important for proper diagnosis and treatment if it persists.

What causes private parts to itch?

Itching in the private parts of males or females can be due to several medical or nonmedical reasons. If the reasons or causes get identified, they can be treated and prevented with the help of medical consultation and prescription or some preventive measures. Some of the main causes of itching in the vagina or penis are: 

  1. Irritants

Exposure to harsh chemicals can irritate the genital area of males and females, leading to temporary itching or inflammation. Irritants in feminine hygiene and self-care products like fragrances, soaps, or cleaning products can be exposed to normal bacteria in the genital areas, leading to vexation, redness, and inflammation. Irritants can also be fabric softeners and detergents that stick to clothes when washing and can irritate the skin. 

  1. Skin conditions 

Skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis in the genital area can also lead to severe irritation and itching. These conditions can also cause red, scaly patches on the inside of the genitals, which can lead to redness and itching. A healthcare provider needs to diagnose these conditions for effective treatment options. A healthcare provider will need a physical examination for an accurate diagnosis of the nature of the skin condition. 

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  1. Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is one of the most common causes of an itch down there. Vaginal dryness is caused due to different reasons, including breastfeeding, childbirth, menopause, or due to medications like antidepressants or birth control pills. 

Vaginal dryness can cause friction during masturbation or sexual intercourse leading to itching in the vagina. It can be prevented by using lubes that can help to get rid of vaginal dryness

says Dr.Richard Honekar  

  1. Low estrogen levels in female

Low estrogen levels in the female can be due to several reasons ranging from menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormone imbalance in the body, or any autoimmune condition. This can also lead to itching and irritation in the vaginal area. These can only be treated and diagnosed by a healthcare provider after certain tests, and treatment will be determined according to the underlying medical condition. 

  1. Yeast infections 

Yeast infections in the vagina an infection that usually causes vaginal itching and irritation down there. Yeast is present in the vagina normally, but when present in an uncontrolled manner, it can lead to an infection. Yeast infection not only causes itching and irritation but also causes an abnormal vaginal discharge and burning while urination. This condition is also called vaginal candidiasis and can be one of the major causes of vaginal discharge and severe itching in the vulva or vagina.

  1. Bacterial infections like BV

Just like yeast infection, bacterial growth is also present in the vagina in the normal amounts. If they get unbalanced or abnormal in growth, it can lead to bacterial vaginosis, which presents symptoms like burning, urination, itching, and irritation. 

After the accurate diagnosis, you will be prescribed the right set of antibiotics to treat bacterial vaginosis,

says Dr Richard 

  1. Other causes of itching down there in the vagina or penis

Some of the other causes of vaginal itching are 

How do you stop itching down there in private parts? 

Home remedies and medications can stop itching. Home remedies can help relieve the itching immediately, and medication can only help relieve the symptoms after you consult with a healthcare provider and get an accurate diagnosis and the well-needed medication prescription

Some of the most used and recommended home remedies to treat vaginal itching and irritation are as follows: 

  • Bathing with baking soda water will treat yeast infections and other skin-related conditions. 
  • Greek yogurt or yogurt with honey is good for itching in pregnant women.
  • Airy clothes and cotton undergarments, specifically underwear. 
  • Probiotics 
  • Coconut or other essential oils have relieving properties 
  • Good hygiene. 
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Prescription Medication for itching in private parts

Prescription medication can only be provided after a thorough consultation with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will diagnose the underlying cause of vaginal or penis itching or irritation and will prescribe accordingly. Some of the most recommended medications according to the underlying conditions are as follows: 

  • Clotrimazole (Lotrimin) is prescribed for itching due to yeast infections.
  • Miconazole (Monistat) is prescribed for itching due to fungal infections 
  • Metronidazole (Flagyl) is prescribed for itching and irritation due to bacterial vaginosis.
  •  Diphenhydramine Cream is prescribed for allergy-triggered itching in genital parts and different vaginal creams for dry vaginas in elderly women. 

How to prevent Itching down there? 

You can prevent itching in the vagina or penis and surrounding area by taking good care of your hygiene and avoiding douching or water exposure. These will help in reducing the moisture and development of harmful bacteria, fungus, or yeast infections, 

Cotton underwear and garments can help pass the air and prevent itching. 

Consult a doctor 

Itching in genital parts can be very irritating and lead to discomfort. Get connected with the healthcare provider for effective diagnosis and treatment for your medical condition. There could be several reasons for itching in the vagina or penis surrounding area, and only your healthcare provider can determine the cause along with a prescription to treat it. 

FAQs about itching down there

Which ointment is best for itching in the private parts? 

Hydrocortisone ointment is considered the best for treating the itching in the vaginal area and the area surrounding the female’s private parts. A 2% formulation is available over the counter, while higher than 2% can only be available after the prescription. 

How long does itchy Vigina last?

It can last from days to weeks, depending on the underlying medical condition or the cause of the itching and irritation down there. 

Can pubic hair make down there itchy?

Yes, they can. After the shaving, new hair grows, which can cause itching and irritation. To avoid extreme itching when new hair grows back, it’s good to try shaving in the direction of the hair. 

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