Why is My Vagina Itchy and Burning?

Vaginal irritation is one of the most uncomfortable situations faced by women at least once in their lifetime. Itching or irritation around the vagina can be caused due to bacteria or yeast infections, menopause, STD’s or chemical irritants. It is also common for women to notice that their vagina is itchy after sex. A weak immune system and excessive stress can increase the chances of suffering these symptoms.

Some women may also experience redness, swelling and discharge. To deal with common ailment one has to maintain proper hygiene and follow a healthy diet. Additionally, you can follow simple home remedies for itching in your private parts to get relief from the symptoms.

Home Remedies for Vaginal Itching and Burning

We have mentioned the most effective methods which provide soothing relief from vaginal itching. Try any of the following itching vagina home remedies per your preference.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar balances the pH levels of the vagina which creates an inhospitable environment for yeast growth. It also contains antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water.
  • Bath normally with mild soap and water.
  • Now, rinse your vagina with the ACV solution.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day.

For added benefits: Add 1 tablespoons of ACV and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of water and drink it 2 times in a day.

See more apple cider vinegar for yeast infection DIY home remedies.

2. Salt Water Bath

A salt water bath not only provides relief from vaginal itching but also provides a relaxing effect to your body. Salt deals with the bacteria growth that is causing infection. You can use either Epsom salt or sea salt for this process.

  • Add 1/2 cup of salt to your bathtub filled with lukewarm water.
  • Sit in a squatting position in the water for 15 minutes.
  • Bath normally and pat dry completely.
  • Repeat the process 2 – 3 times in a day.

For Instant Relief: Add 1 tablespoon of salt to a glass of water and rinse your vagina with this solution.

Caution: Avoid using salt methods, if you have cuts, bruises or open sores.

3. Yogurt

The good microflora present in yogurt colonize the vagina and control bad bacterial growth. The soothing effects of yogurt provide quick relief from feminine itching.

  • Dip a tampon in yogurt.
  • Insert it into the vagina.
  • Leave it for 2 hours and remove it.
  • Rinse with water and pat dry completely.
  • Repeat this process 2 times in a day.

Note: Use only unsweetened and unflavored yogurt for this process.

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4. Garlic

The allicin present in garlic possesses antibacterial and antibiotic properties which kill the yeast causing the discomfort. Eating 3 garlic cloves in a day helps to boost the immune system and help our body fight infections effectively.

  • Combine few drops of garlic oil and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
  • Apply the mixture on the vagina and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat this process 2 times in a day.

5. Indian Lilac

Indian lilac contains antiseptic properties which help to reduce the symptoms. It is one of the best home remedies for vulvar itching and burning caused by a yeast infection.

  • Add a handful of neem or Indian lilac leaves to 2 – 3 cups of water.
  • Bring this mixture to a boil and remove from the flame.
  • Allow it cool down and strain.
  • Rinse your vaginal area with this solution.
  • Repeat the process once in a day for few weeks.

6. Kefir

Kefir is a fermented dairy product which is rich in probiotic bacteria. This good bacteria colonizes the vagina and controls the bad bacterial growth. This helps to provide relief from vaginal itching and burning.

  • Dip a tampon in kefir and insert it into the vagina.
  • Leave it for 2 hours and remove it.
  • Repeat this problem daily until you get relief.

For Added Benefits: Drink 1 – 2 cups of kefir in a day for few weeks.

7. Honey

Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties which help to get rid of any microbial infection causing the problem.

  • Slather a layer of honey on the vagina.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse off the application with lukewarm water.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day.

8. Boric Acid

Boric acid contains antiseptic and antifungal properties which provide relief from vaginal itching, burning and other discomforts.

  • Add small amounts of boric acid into enough amounts of water.
  • Apply the solution over the affected area.
  • Leave the application for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with warm water.
  • Repeat the process once in a day for 2 weeks.

9. Basil Leaves

Basil contains antibacterial properties and antifungal properties. It is considered one of the best remedies to treat vaginal itching and burning.

  • Add a handful of basil leaves into 2 cups of water.
  • Bring the mixture to boil and remove from the flame.
  • Let it cool down and strain it.
  • Rinse your vagina with this solution.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day,

10. Rosemary Leaves

Rosemary leaves are known to prevent the cultivation of bacteria around the skin. Rosemary leaves can be used to make anti-bacterial solution which also provides relief from vaginal itching.

  • Bring 2 – 3 cups of water to boil.
  • Add some rosemary leaves into it.
  • Cover and let it steep for 15 minutes.
  • Use this solution to rinse the vagina.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat the process 2 times in a day.

11. Cold Compress

Though it looks very simple, cold compress is one of the effective ways to get relief from vaginal itching instantly. It numbs the area and reduces the inflammation.

  • Wrap few ice cubes in a washcloth.
  • Put the ice pack or any other cold compress on the vagina.
  • After few minutes, take a 30-second break and re-apply it for few minutes.
  • Repeat the process for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat the process whenever required.

12. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains antibacterial properties which not only provides relief but is also a vaginal itching treatment.

  • Add 4 – 5 drops of tea tree oil to 1 – 2 tablespoons of freshly extracted aloe vera gel.
  • Apply this mixture on the vagina and surrounding areas.
  • Leave it to dry for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Repeat the process daily until you get relief.

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13. Chamomile

The soothing properties of chamomile provide relief from vaginal itching, inflammation, redness, and burning. For more effective results, we will add tea tree oil to chamomile.

  • Brew 1 – 2 cups of chamomile tea and let it cool down.
  • Add 4 – 5 drops of tea tree oil into chamomile tea.
  • Mix well and rinse your vagina with this solution.
  • Leave it to dry completely.
  • Repeat this process 1 – 2 times in a day.

14. Coconut Oil

The lauric, capric and caprylic acids present in coconut oil contains antiviral and antibacterial properties. The caprylic acids break down the cell membrane of the yeast. It’s hydrating and soothing properties provide relief. Coconut oil can be used in two different ways.

  • Slater a layer of coconut oil on the vagina and leave it to dry completely.
  • Add 3 – 4 drops of coconut oil into 6 cups of water. Use this solution to rinse your vagina. Leave it to dry completely.

Repeat any one of the processes regularly until you find relief.

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Dietary Tips for Treating Vaginal Itching:

  • Avoid eating refined carbohydrates and sugar as yeast thrives on them.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and flush out plenty of toxins.
  • Include fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, miso or buttermilk to your daily diet to maintain good microflora.
  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet.
  • Cut the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.
  • Avoid artificially sweetened foods and carbonated drinks.
  • Cranberry creates an acidic environment which makes it difficult for the yeast growth. It also treats urinary tract infections and bladder infections. Drink 2 glasses of unsweetened cranberry juice daily until you get relief from the itch.

What Else Helps Vaginal Itching? Tips and Precautions

  • Wear a clean and washed underwear after bathing.
  • Don’t use harsh soaps and other chemical based vaginal washes as they can aggravate itching.
  • Avoid washing the vagina excessively as it can result in skin drying and itching.
  • It is better to avoid douching the vagina.
  • Avoid participating in sex if you have burning in vaginal area.
  • Though it is difficult to control, it is better to avoid scratching.
  • Avoid wearing too tight clothes as it can create a warm environment which helps the yeast to thrive.
  • Avoid wearing fabrics that make the vagina itchy and hot.
  • Avoid doing bubble baths until you get relief from vaginal itching.
  • After exercising or swimming, take a shower as soon as possible.

Which Home Remedies for Vaginal Itching Have You Tried?

Was this article helpful for you? Do you know any other method that works better than this? Share your experience, suggestions and queries in the comment section below.

72 comments
  1. Iam getting married in 10days n suffering from severe vaginal itching and burning.what should i do plzz help me

      1. My vagina has been itchy for a couple days I’m about to get my period and I haven’t changed my underwear in a while don’t ask but I don’t have sex and I don’t know what to do please help me

    1. We recommend consulting a gynecologist to get a physical examination. It helps to understand the correct reason behind the discomfort. Once we get to know the problem, we can tailor a solution accordingly.

    1. In the comment, you haven’t mentioned about the treatment you have undergone. Vaginal itching can be caused due to yeast infection, STD’s, menopause, chemical irritants and others. We recommend consulting a gynecologist to find out the exact reason for itching. It helps us to provide right solution.

    1. If Hebex simmer drops are causing you burning sensation or any other discomforts, stop using it and speak to the doctor who prescribed it and share about the reaction. For getting relief from the vaginal burning, you can try any method mentioned in the above article.

  2. My vagina has been itching for 3 days now I use warm water and salt for washing it.can I add honey to the already ongoing remedy ?

    1. Choose any one method among the above as per your convenience and try it regularly to overcome the problem.

  3. I have been experiencing itching and burning for the last ten years. The vulva also swells after having sex and burn very much.what can I do?

    1. Before trying out any remedy, we recommend consulting a gynecologist to know the exact reason for itching, burning and swelling.

  4. Last two month back i have suffered with uti and i will drink 8 to, 9 glass of water daily than also why there is itching in my Virginia please suggest me

    1. You can try any method mentioned above in the article. However, we recommend consulting a doctor to find out the exact reason for the itching.

  5. My vagina has been itching for the past couple days, and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! I clean it properly, I eat healthy, I get a lot of sleep, but it still itches daily, and I can’t scratch at it in public, so please help me!

    1. Choose any remedy mentioned above and try it regularly to reduce the vaginal itching. If it is not reducing even after trying the remedies for a couple of weeks then consult a doctor.

  6. my vagina usually itch me and I always have some swollen lymph nodes around my vagina, sometimes it will go and before I know it, it will be there again… please what can I do????

    1. Add Epsom salt or apple cider vinegar into your daily bathwater and wash your private parts with it. This helps to balance the pH levels and avoids itching or swelling. Apart from that you have to maintain proper hygiene.

  7. I have severe vaginal itch for almost a year. Its some times gives me rashes around my vulva and also pins my vagina. Plz I need ur help.

    1. We recommend consulting a gynecologist to know the exact reason for the itching and swelling. Meanwhile you can try any remedy mentioned above in the article. Apart from that maintain proper hygiene and wear cotton inners to let proper air circulation.

  8. I am also suffering from this tipical situation…Pls tell me the best remedies and instant remedy?? There is too much itching burning.It’s too irritating for me

  9. Pls help me…. have been having vagina itching since last year…. went to the doctor, they gave me drugs… I used it,it worked but it has come back again… it just itching me now, nothing else…am scared cos they said it use to affect fertility… help me

    1. Choose any remedy mentioned in the article as per your preference and try it regularly. Apart from that maintain good hygiene.

  10. I have been experiencing this for almost two years .have taking medication and injections as well but it goes and come back. What should I do

    1. Maintain proper hygiene and healthy diet. Stay away from gluten, sugar, processed, packaged and deep fried foods. Increase probiotics intake to colonize the vagina with healthy bacteria. This should help you get relief.

  11. Is there any real difference between sea salt or the Epsom salt? I’m curious if there is any difference before either try them.

    1. Yes, there is a difference in their mineral composition. Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. And sea salt is 97% of sodium chloride. Epsom salt is not recommended for eating while sea salt is edible and great for cooking. Epsom salt is great for soaks and baths.

  12. My vagina has been itching for d past 2days and I don’t know what to do,when it start it hurt most times I can’t sleep

  13. I have itching in my vergina …its getting so irritation to me.. I had meditions also..when I had my period I have no itching on my vergina.. After 2 days again itching was started.. What can I do for this? ??

    1. Try 1, 2 or 14th method mentioned above in the article regularly to get relief from vaginal itching and burning.

  14. I m suffering from last some days from itching and burning. I always wash there properly but then also thick white discharge is there. And from days facing Itching that to the extend I can’t control and redness and always white discharge.

  15. Hi

    I get itching wen after having sex with my boyfriend and after a long time and mostly its happen whens his rough and when he puts his finger into my virgina then entire time it will be itchi

  16. hi im 22 n married for 3yrs now, but have known hubby for past 5 yrs…our sexual life was really good in d beginning but ever since im vagina has start getting itchy with a burning sensation our relation is in trouble now.For the past 1 yr, we are not hving proper sex bcos vaginal itchiness is incresing day by day n now I think hubby is loosing interest. We both love each other n i don’t wanna loose him me plis..

  17. I have been experiencing some itches and swells in my vagina for a month now I have never had sex before so don’t know what to do and what could be the cause please help me

  18. I have vaginal itching and burning since long time along with solid white discharge. plz help me what to do. I really suffer a lot as it’s very embarrassing at public places.

  19. I have rashes since am 16years old(the time I started shaving)I tried to get different prescription from doctor to treat that but always it comes back….till today am 24years old and never used douches or rinse with soaps my vagina,always careful when having intercourse but still experience rashes once a month or 2months.it leaves always a black scarf which now after all this year has made my vagina unconfortable to show openly to someone(partner)….can you help me to fix myself.am hopeless

  20. please ma, i need help, i have been having itches in my virgina and its due swell up and with wounds after i finish itching myself it will be paining me, within sometimes it will go…. buh itiespecially happen to me @ night…. please what should i do about it….i need instant remedy to cure it… tnx

  21. I have a itching vigina about two weeks now.I also having blood stains discharge with no smell and i can feel a slightly abdominal pains.What can it be?

  22. I’m suffering from last few days from itching and I’m using vwash for washing regularly but there is no use pls help to reduce itchings any suggestions

  23. I have had a intense itch for 3-5 days now. I’ve tried the cold compromise and the vinegar. And still nothing is helping. I am want to try the yogurt but scared.. what should me next morning bee

  24. Hello! I am 25 weeks pregnant and have very severe itching around my vagina. It itches so bad that I can’t even get to sleep as I feel the need to constantly itch. I wash my vagina in warm water, I have read the article and will try the above methods but do you think this is due to me being pregnant as I have not had this issue before ?
    Thank you…

  25. I’m 14 and i have spots and a burning/ itching in my vagina for a while i tryed yogurt didn’t weok it stoped for about 20 mins thwn started iching again so what do u recomend?????

  26. I have cut around my vaginal.for the past 3 days after having sex with my husband, if i pea its pains me, please can i use salt and warm water to be washing it or what well i do?

  27. I’ve been suffering from itching causing redness and cracking of skin for almost seven years now right after my son’s birth, which affects my sexual relationship because its so painful to have sex! When I’m dry it’s abit ok,but when I’m wet,itchiness gets worse. A day or two left before my menstruation,itchiness stops but right after menstruation,it comes back. Please what can I do??

  28. I am suffering from itching and inside and out side of my private area that I try the Anti itch cream it stop the itching but it burns when I apply the cream and it bad itching on the inside when I wipe and have something that look like tissue but its not tissue is it my sugar and what should I do about it

  29. My vagina has been itching for months now nd some kind of white particles is always coming out of it I have been experiencing the fact that I got swelling vagina during sex pls what should I do?

  30. Hello
    M having itching In my virgina and while having intercourse i feel burning sensation. What you will recomend me ? Thanks

  31. I treated myself using product called Moose Joose lubricant. Put in fridge to chill in day, used all over skin upto pubic hair line. After 3 weeks of being calmer at night, swapped to Savlon for a week to clear any possibility of anything. Returned to moose joose everynight afterwards and am fine. When I stopped the moose joose I got the odd itch so have just stick with moose joose nightly, I see it as adding moisturiser to the end that is opposite to my face – and why not, skin is skin and often dries out due to detergent , clothing, swimming, sweating from the gym, even anything, so being kind to skin in the lady area made sense to me and worked. Hardly anyone would think of using it like this because it is a sex lubricant, but then that might explain why my body is ok with that area being smothered in it, it just feels right especially when chilled.

  32. Pls help! My LABIA MINORA is itchy i feel this for 4days already. What possible remedy will i use? Is this a yeast infection?

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