Raise your hand if you’ve ever experienced the uncomfortable feminine itch from a yeast infection! Studies show that three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at some point throughout their lives,1 so chances are the annoying vaginal itching and irritation that often comes with yeast infections is something you’re familiar with.1 Let’s look at vaginal yeast infections, what causes them and what you can do to help relieve the itch.
YEAST INFECTION SYMPTOMS: VAGINAL ITCHING AND IRRITATION
It all begins with Candida—or yeast—that is found in the vagina. In a dark and moist environment like the vagina, yeast has the potential to overgrow and result in that uncomfortable feminine itch.1 But what is an itch in the first place, you may ask? An itch is often triggered by a chemical stimulus or irritation.2 Scientists say itching and pain are closely linked in the brain, but instead of withdrawing as you would from pain, you scratch.3 Itching may also be linked to a molecule called natriuretic polypeptide b (Nppb).4 Research shows that this “itchy” molecule acts as a neurotransmitter by signaling the brain to itch. For those of you who have experienced a yeast infection, you’ll think that Nppb is working double duty!
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE FEMININE ITCH
Whatever you do, don’t scratch a yeast infection itch! Not only can you introduce harmful germs to the vagina, but you can damage the surrounding tissue. Instead, follow these tips for yeast infection itch help:
- Dress comfortably
Yeast infection symptom relief starts with wearing loose, soft fabrics to help decrease the chances of you sweating and will allow your vagina to breathe.5 And hey, when you’re not dealing with tight and uncomfortable clothes, your overall mood may improve!
- Keep cool
Try lowering the temperature in your room, or take a cool shower. Some people find that the chill helps with feminine itch relief.3
- Get your mind off the itch:
This is the perfect opportunity to distract yourself with a favorite novel or TV show! Throw on another episode of that juicy drama, or blast the tunes to your number one jam and start dancing. The more you keep your mind off the yeast infection itch, the happier you’ll be.
- Take AZO Yeast® Plus
AZO Yeast® Plus is safe and homeopathic yeast infection symptom relief*—that’s right, it helps relieve feminine itch!* You can find AZO Yeast® Plus over-the-counter at convenient locations near you, so you don’t have to struggle through that frustrating yeast infection itch alone.*
We’ve all been there, ladies. The yeast infection itch is nothing you can’t handle!
1What Are Vaginal Yeast Infections? http://www.healthline.com/health/vaginal-yeast-infection#Overview1
2 Itch and the Brain https://hms.harvard.edu/news/itch-and-brain-8-23-11
3 What Makes Us Itch? http://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/what-makes-us-Itch-.aspx
4 What Makes Us Feel an Itch? Answer Surprises Scientists http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/05/130523-itching-itch-health-science-psoriasis/
5 How To Avoid Scratching an Eczema Rash http://www.everydayhealth.com/eczema/how-to-avoid-scratching-an-eczema-rash.aspx