|Vaginal Itching or Irritation|
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|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR SOAP VULVITIS|
- Soap (especially bubble bath) is the most common cause of genital itching in young girls.
- The vulva is very sensitive to the drying effect of soap.
- Only cleanse the genital area with warm water.
- After puberty, soap can be tolerated.
- Baking Soda-Warm Water Soaks:
- Soak for 10 minutes to remove irritants and to promote healing.
- Add 2 ounces (60 ml) baking soda per tub of warm water (Reason: Baking soda is better than vinegar for girls not into puberty).
- During soaks, be sure she spreads her legs and allows the water to cleanse the genital area.
- Repeat baking soda soaks treatment 2 times per day for 2 days.
- Steroid Cream: Apply a tiny amount of 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) to the genital area after soaks for 1 or 2 days. Avoid continued use.
- Avoid Soaps:
- Avoid bubble bath, soap and shampoo to the genital area because they are irritants.
- Only use warm water to cleanse the vulva.
- Baby oil can be used to remove any dried secretions from the labia.
- Expected Course: If the symptoms are due to soap vulvitis, they should all clear within 1 to 2 days with proper treatment.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Irritation persists on treatment over 48 hours
- Vaginal discharge or bleeding occurs
- Passing urine becomes painful
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 8/1/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.