Most of the women hate getting their period. Menstruation or period is considered as a nuisance as you spend those four days suffering from menstrual cramps and changing sanitary napkins or tampons. Another irritating thing is pad rash. Today there are different types of sanitary pads (absorbent items used during the menstruation to absorb the blood from the vagina) from scented ones to maxi pads. However, if you have sensitive skin, the chemical in these pads might irritate your skin. After spending the entire day wearing pads, you tend to develop rashes on your thighs and vaginal area. These itchy rashes can cause inflammation and are painful. It is not just painful but will also leave you cranky and irritable. It is important to get your rashes checked by a doctor as many other conditions can cause similar symptoms. So, if you are sure that the rash is due to a sanitary pad, these tips will help you to get rid of it(ALSO READ How often do you need to change your sanitary towel or pad? Everything you need to know about menstruation and hygiene!).

1. Opt for a good sanitary pad

Women have a busy life, whether they are working in a corporate office or she is a home maker, she is always on the go. The running around at home and office may cause rashes due to rubbing of the pad against the skin. To prevent pad rash, use light and soft pads. A good sanitary pad will help you to prevent the painful rashes.

2. Change regularly

It is essential to change your pad regularly. It is not healthy to continuously use the same pad for a long period of time. If you are a working lady or a student, do not wait till you reach home for changing the pad. Using the pad for longer time period can cause infections.  So, change your pad regularly to avoid rashes and infection.

3. Maintain hygiene

You should clean the vaginal area using warm water regularly. Do not forget to pat the area dry after the wash. It will help you to keep the area clean and remove germs and bacteria, which cause the infection and rashes. Discontinue using an intimate wash, soap and other personal hygiene products as these can worsen your rashes (ALSO SEE Is masturbation harmful? Here is everything you need to know about masturbation and didn’t know who to ask).

4. Use prescription topical cream

Consult your doctor and use a topical cream prescribed by him. There are different types of rashes and your doctor will know which medicine will give you relief from it. Anti-fungal cream is given for the yeast infection caused by sanitary pads while antiseptic cream is given for the bacterial infection.

5. Apply powder

Applying powder will help in keeping the area dry. Use it before wearing the pad and after washing the vaginal area. Apply the powder around the vaginal region and inner thighs. Instead of using your regular talcum powder, use antiseptic powder.

Avoid wearing tight clothes, synthetic fabric and bubble bath. You can also consider using a different brand of the pad or a tampon/menstrual cup. You can also use organic cotton pads during your period. Try these tips and consult your doctor again to evaluate the healing process.