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The summer itch

Scratchiness down under that gets aggravated in summer can be annoying Here are ways you can tackle it

Are you seething in the heat with sweat and helplessness, struggling to deal with that annoying itch down under? In a situation of limited mobility and guidance due to Covid-19, there is little you can do to alleviate the embarrassing situation especially during the summer. Cue in.

An itch down under that gets aggravated due to the summer can get annoying but there are ways you can breeze through it

Dip into what the problem is and how you can get some relief through simple lifestyle changes.

Tissue in a fix

Pruritus vulvae is a technical term that spells itching in the genital region in women. An uncomfortable situation that is greatly heightened with the soaring temperature during summer. “India is a tropical country and keeping in mind the heat of summer, the increasing levels of humidity in coastal areas, certain heavily marketed aspects like wearing panty liners and using fragrant vaginal washes are simply avoidable,” says Dr Ashima Malik, gynaecologist. “It is also not necessary to clean yourself every time you relieve yourself of urine. Excessive cleaning can also create dryness.”

Wearing constricted clothing, like skinny jeans or body shapers for a long duration of time, slipping on fragrant sanitary napkins, or tampons, easing into underwear made of synthetic fabrics, drinking less water during the day, swimming in a public pool or even using certain bath salts and soaps that breed allergies, a lack of personal cleanliness, improper removal of pubic hair without moisturising, feature in the list of probable reasons for that uncomfortable itch.

Fix it

Says Dr Vaishali Joshi, gynaecologist with Kolkilaben Ambani hospital, “Constant moisture due to sweat can give rise to wetness that brings in superficial skin infections like taenia. Some women have extremely dry skin which can become dryer in winter or due to lack of hor.

hormones, particularly for those in the peri-menopausal age. In this case, moisturising skin with emollients is prescribed,” she says. “The itch could even be associated with skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, and needs to be treated by a dermatologist and a gynaecologist.” At times it may be the arrival of a vaginal infection or an infection of the skin of the vulva and groin that may cause irritation.

Shilpi Madan for Deccan Herald

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