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How to Deal With and Prevent Period Rashes

Rashes due to improper sanitary napkins and other unhygienic causes can often give us a hard time during our period. Read on to find out how you can avoid these by having a clean and rash-free period.

Women's Health By Ariba Khaliq / Jan 28, 2015

Is it “That Time of the Month” Again?

PMS itself is hard enough to handle, but alas, it’s always followed by that dreaded 5-day marathon that comes hand-in-hand with cramps and an irritable personality that takes over our bodies. Oh did we forget the painful and itchy rashes that also are common during this time on the thighs and groin? Now, going through all this, we really can’t be blamed for those mood swings. To make that time of the month just a little bit more bearable, we tell you how to deal with and prevent period rashes. Read on to have a cleaner, happier period.

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What are Period Rashes?

While you are on your periods, heat and dampness majorly contribute to rashes to your thighs and area around your groin. Being in contact with a damp sanitary napkin and rubbing against it, your sensitive skin is bound to suffer redness, inflammation and itchiness down there that can last beyond the 5 days.

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Choosing a Good Sanitary Pad

All that walking and moving around causes your pad to constantly rub against your sensitive skin, so it’s important that you don’t compromise on the quality of your sanitary pad. Choose one with a cotton covering because it is light and softer on the skin. Avoid the ones with a plastic lining that will irritate your skin. Another important thing is to wear the right sized pad. A lot of women wear bigger pads meant for heavy flow when they don’t need one, which can cause bothering and rashes.

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Change is Good

Wearing the same pad for 8 to 9 hours at a stretch? You are inviting trouble. To avoid rashes and infections as well as for hygiene reasons, it is of utmost importance that you change your pad frequently to a cleaner one. Change your pad every 4 hours, even on days where your flow is comparatively low.

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Use Talcum Powder

Turn to the good old baby powder to prevent rashes and keep the area dry and clean. It will decrease friction caused by the pad, absorb sweat in the area and lower the chances of rashes and boils on your groin and thighs. Just like it helps stop diaper rashes in babies, the same logic applies to preventing period rashes.

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Wear Airy Clothes

Those skinny jeans can be a menace during that time of the month. Go for looser, breezier clothes during your period because they allow air circulation, keep the area cool so you don’t sweat and prevent dampness and heat around your groin. Also, if you will wear tight pants, it will just cause your pad to rub against your skin even more. You could invest in some comfortable period pants.

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Keep It Clean

To stay clean during your period, you will have to take some extra measures. Wash the vaginal area with warm water every few hours to get rid of irritation-causing bacteria and germs and to keep the area fresh and clean. You will feel better and much more comfortable during those few days every month with regular cleaning up.

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If You Already Have a Period Rash...

Don’t use soap on the affected areas, as it will only lead to further irritation and inflammation. Change your pad at regular intervals. When you’re out and about, carry wet wipes with you to wipe the areas where you experience itchiness or discomfort. Make sure to avoid ingredients like alcohol, as it will only worsen the condition. You could use an over-the-counter antiseptic ointment to soothe the area.

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