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Remedies for Vaginal Burning

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author image Gail Morris
Gail Morris has been writing extensively since 1997. She completed a master's degree in nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and practiced in medicine for more than 20 years. Morris has published medical articles in peer-reviewed journals and now writes for various online publications and freelances for Internet marketers.
Remedies for Vaginal Burning
The cause of vaginal burning will direct the treatments and remedies used. Photo Credit woman image by Mat Hayward from <a href="http://www.fotolia.com">Fotolia.com</a>

Causes for vaginal burning will direct the remedies and treatments that are used and prescribed to relieve the discomfort. These causes include allergic reactions to semen, sciatica, yeast infection, chemical burns, sexually transmitted diseases and stroke. In each case the underlying medical problem that causes the symptom of vaginal burning must also be addressed or the condition will only become worse.

Cool Baths

Remedies for Vaginal Burning
Cool baths will help to soothe the burning and remove any allergens. Photo Credit Woman In Bath image by Jarek Miarka from Fotolia.com

Sitting in a cool sitz bath, either with or without baking soda or Epsom salts, can help reduce the soreness, itching and burning associated with noninfectious vaginitis, according to Merck Manuals Online Medical Library. Noninfectious inflammation and burning in the vaginal area can be caused by scented soaps, feminine hygiene sprays or strong cleansers. Flushing the area with water or using a cool bath will help to remove any remaining irritants can provide some relief. Semen can also cause allergic reactions that result in vaginal burning. Flushing the area with water or using cool baths will help to remove the protein allergens that cause the reaction.

Ice Packs

Application of ice packs to the genital area after exposure to an irritant causing vaginal burning will help to alleviate symptoms, according to Merck Manual Online Medical Library. Keeping the genital area clean and dry, without use of unnecessary topical feminine hygiene products, will also help to prevent problems or relieve burning that is already present.

Yogurt

Remedies for Vaginal Burning
Lactobacillus in yogurt can help to restore normal bacteria and relieve burning. Photo Credit yaourt image by Claudio Calcagno from Fotolia.com

Lactobacillus is a bacteria normally found in the vagina. According to physicians at the Mayo Clinic, the use of yogurt, either intravaginally or orally, to reintroduce a healthy colony of lactobacillus has not been clinically proven. Yogurt has been used at home for decades to re-establish a healthy colony of lactobacillus and eradicate a yeast infection. However, physicians at the Mayo Clinic caution that although there are reports that women find relief using yogurt there are no studies using control groups or large groups of women to corroborate these findings.

Tea Tree Oil

Marilyn Glenville, a British nutritionist specializing in women's health, recommends the use of tea tree oil because it has antimicrobial properties and has been successful in the treatment of trichomonas and bacterial vaginosis. Tea tree oil should be used externally, either as a pessary or added to bath water, and not taken by mouth.

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