Using pads during periods can at times cause rashes, which may lead to swelling, redness or the skin of the outer vulva becoming sore and itchy. This rash may be caused by either of the multi-layers that a pad may be made of, be it the top sheet, back sheet, fragrances or adhesives. Sometimes, it may not be the pad, but the combination of the moisture and the heat that may lead to such a problem.
Whatever the reason, period rashes can be painful and uncomfortable. Though, alternating the pad brand, changing pads frequently, wearing loose cotton underwear, and avoiding synthetic or tight clothing might benefit, one needs to have some tricks up their sleeves to get relief from this unpleasantness.
Here are some home remedies that can help relieve period rash-
1) Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is loaded with antioxidants and has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Wash the affected area with cold water. Soak a cotton ball in coconut oil and apply it on the affected area. The oil will form a thin protective layer on the skin, thereby helping to mitigate the rash.
2) Olive Oil
Olive oil would also help make a protective layer on the affected area. Soak a cotton ball in olive oil and apply it on the inner thighs and the outer vagina. The soothing properties of the oil can help protect the skin from further rashes.
3) Ice Pack
Take a few cubes of ice and wrap them in a clean cloth. Apply it on the affected area and let it stay for 20 minutes. The ice will numb the nerve endings, providing immediate relief from the pain, soreness and the itching.
4) Neem Leaves
Neem has antibacterial properties. Boil a mug of water and allow 20 neem leaves to steep in the water. Allow the water to cool down. Use the water to wash the affected area. You can also bathe in neem water. Alternatively, make a paste of the leaves and apply it on the affected area. Wash with cold water once the paste is dry. Use thrice a day.
5) Anti-fungal Powder
Anti-fungal or anti-bacterial powders are also a good option. Apply on the outer vagina and the inner thighs before using the pad. Powders absorb moisture keeping the area dry for longer.
6) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps reduce swelling and itching. Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and apply it on the rash. Let it dry before wearing your clothes. Use thrice a day.
7) Aloe Vera Gel
Use natural aloe vera for a soothing effect on the rash. Cut a small section of the leaf. Peel it to expose the gel inside the leaf. Apply on the vagina and inner thighs to get immediate relief. Refrigerate the remaining leaf and use as required. One can use this thrice a day.
8) Boric Acid Powder
Easily available at any drugstore, boric powder can help reduce the irritation and burning sensation. Lightly dust the affected area with the powder. Use it thrice a day.
Yoghurt has anti-inflammatory properties. Wash the affected area with cold water. Soak a cotton ball in yoghurt and apply. Let dry completely before wearing clothes.
It is also advisable to avoid using female hygiene and beauty products down there during periods as these may aggravate the rash. If the rash persists in spite of using the home remedies, then visit your gynecologist immediately.