Read on to learn the most common causes of itching in the genital region, and some home remedies for itching in private parts.
Itching in the genital area could be a sign of an STI, such as trichomoniasis, herpes, genital warts or hepatitis. For this reason, if you have persistent genital itching, you should see a doctor. Only a doctor can confirm whether itching is a sign of a serious infection. Treating an STI will require a topical or oral medication.
Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are tiny insects that live in the pubic hair. If you have genital itching and you see little tan or grayish-white specks in your pubic hair, you may have lice.
Over-the-counter topical treatments for pubic lice are available. Your doctor can confirm that you have pubic lice and advise you on which topical treatment to use. There are also several home remedies for pubic lice that you can try.
A thick layer of petroleum jelly can kill pubic lice by suffocating them. You will need to spread a generous amount of petroleum jelly over your pubic region and leave it there for a few hours. Wipe it away, and then wash away the residue with soap or shampoo.
Tea tree oil is a traditional remedy for head lice, and one scientific study did confirm that it is effective. Whatever property of the tea tree oil repels head lice should also work for pubic lice.
Before applying tea tree oil to your pubic layer, apply a small drop to your arm to ensure your skin does not react adversely to it. Then use a cotton ball to dab the tea tree oil on the infected area. Leave it overnight, and then comb your pubic hair to remove dead lice.
An itch in the genital region could be a sign of a fungal infection, like jock itch. Both men and women can get jock itch or other types of fungal infections in their genital areas. Fungal skin infections will usually manifest as a raised rash or a discolored patch of skin. Flaking or peeling skin can also occur.
Fungal skin infections are typically treated with prescription topical medications or over the counter medications like Lotrimin. Yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter medications like Monistat, or with a prescription. But there are also home remedies which can treat fungal infections, both on the skin and in the vagina.
Apple cider vinegar is thought to have antimicrobial properties. To treat a genital fungal infection of the skin with apple cider vinegar, you will need to mix one part vinegar with one part water and soak a cloth in the solution. Apply the cloth to the infected area for 30 minutes, then pat dry with a towel.
To treat a yeast infection internally, soak a tampon in a mixture of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Insert into the vagina and leave for 30 minutes to an hour. Remove and rinse with warm water.
Both tea tree oil and coconut oil are thought to have antifungal properties. You can use one or the other, or you can mix equal parts coconut oil and tea tree oil and rub them into the infected region.
To treat a yeast infection internally using this method, soak a tampon in melted virgin coconut oil with a few drops of tea tree oil added. Insert for two to three hours. Do this twice a day.
Yogurt has the potential to cure fungal infections because it contains probiotics and can curb the growth of fungi. Be sure to use plain yogurt that has no added sugar. Soak a cloth in the yogurt and apply the cloth to the infected area for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
To treat a yeast infection internally using this method, dip a tampon in yogurt and insert it into the vagina for two hours. You can also make a yogurt popsicle using a popsicle mold and insert that into the vagina.
Contact dermatitis is an allergic skin reaction to something your skin touches. If you have suddenly gotten a contact dermatitis rash in your genital region, there must have been some change in your routine that is causing it - a new laundry detergent, a new shaving cream, etc.
The remedy for contact dermatitis is to stop using whatever your skin is allergic to. This may take some trial and error to figure out. Once you eliminate the allergen, the rash may take up to two weeks to go away. In the meantime, soothe the skin using a regular lotion or a moisturizing oil, like coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
Itching in the genital area could simply be caused by chafing when the inner thighs rub together repeatedly during running or some other form of physical activity.
Chafed irritated skin can be soothed with a regular moisturizer or a moisturizing oil like the ones mentioned above. To prevent future chafing, wear athletic gear that covers the upper thighs and prevents the skin from rubbing together.