Periods are usually painful, messy and inconvenient. A lot happens in your body during those four days and the last thing we want to deal with is pad rash. However, using sanitary pads can cause rashes. The chemicals present in these pads might irritate your skin on vaginal and inner thigh areas. Pad rash is caused due to chafing and dampness. Scented pads can also cause skin allergy, so one of the first things to do is switch to another brand or use cotton pads. Maintain hygiene and try to change pads regularly. Here are some home remedies to get relief from pad rash cause during periods. (ALSO READ How to get rid of pad rash: Tips to get relief from sanitary pad rashes during periods).
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar will help reduce the itching. You can take a little amount of apple cider vinegar, dip a cotton ball in it and apply it over the rashes. Let it dry. You can use it thrice and day.
Ice will reduce the pain and the inflammation. All you have to do is take a couple of ice cubes, wrap them in a clean cloth and apply it over the affected areas. The nerve endings will get numb and you will immediately feel better. (ALSO READ How often do you need to change your sanitary towel or pad? Everything you need to know about menstruation and hygiene!).
Thanks to its antibacterial properties, coconut oil is a great remedy for pad rash. It also moisturizes your skin. Before going to bed, clean the affected area using cold water and apply coconut oil on the affected area using a cotton ball. Let it stay overnight. You can also apply it after you take bath in the morning.
You can use baking soda to reduce itching and redness. Take two tablespoons of baking powder and add it to a cup of water. Mix it and apply it over the rash. Let it dry and then wash it off with cold water. Make sure you dry the affected area after the wash using a clean towel or soft cloth.
Neem leaves oil is used for hair and skin care. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which help in getting relief from pad rash. All you have to do is boil water in a container, add around 20 leaves of neem into the water and let it seep for some time. Take the water off the flame and let it cool. Once it is at room temperature, use it to wash the affected area. You can also add it to a bucket of water and take a shower with it. Neem is good for your skin.
Do not wear synthetic or tight cloths as it can aggravate the condition. You can also opt for other products like menstrual cup, tampons or cotton pads during menstruation.