5 TIPS TO PREVENT VULVAR IRRITATION
Here are some Self-Help tips to relieve symptoms and prevent further irritation. Even when your symptoms are under control, these guidelines are recommended as preventive strategies.
Clothing and Laundry
Wear all-white cotton underwear.
Do not wear pantyhose (wear thigh high or knee high hose instead).
Wear loose-fitting pants or skirts.
Remove wet bathing suits and exercise clothing promptly.
Use dermatologically approved detergent.
Double-rinse underwear and any other clothing that comes into contact with the vulva.
Do not use fabric softener on undergarments.
Use soft, white, unscented toilet paper.
Avoid getting shampoo on the vulvar area.
Rinse the vulva with water after urination.
Urinate before the bladder is full.
Use 100% cotton menstrual pads and tampons.
Use lukewarm or cool baths to relieve burning and irritation.
Do not use bubble bath, feminine hygiene products, or any perfumed creams or soaps.
Wash the vulva with cool to lukewarm water only.
Prevent constipation by adding fiber to your diet (if necessary, use a psyllium product such as Metamucil) and drinking at least 8 glasses of water daily.
Use a water-based lubricant.
Do not use contraceptive creams or spermicides.
Apply ice or a frozen blue gel pack in one layer of a hand towel and apply to the vulva for 15 minutes to relieve burning after intercourse.
Urinate (to prevent infection) and rinse vulva with cool water after s*xual intercourse.
Avoid exercises that put direct pressure on the vulva such as bicycle riding and horseback riding.
Avoid the use of hot tubs.
Enroll in an exercise class such as yoga to learn stretching and relaxation exercises.
Limit intense exercises that create a lot of friction in the vulvar area (try lower intensity exercises such as walking).
Use a frozen gel pack wrapped in a clean thin towel or tee shirt to relieve symptoms after exercise.
Don’t swim in highly chlorinated pools.
Use a foam rubber for long periods of sitting.
If you must sit all day at work, try to intersperse periods of standing (e.g. rearrange your office so that you can stand while you speak on the phone).