Once a month, every woman faces that inevitable condition that brings with it a lot of discomfort and pain, not to mention sudden cramps and energy loss. In times like these, the only option that most women have is using a sanitary napkin to staunch the flow.
But this very solution has been found to be the cause of another problem that innumerable women with irregular periods all around the globe face almost every time, irrespective of their age, Pad Rash.
Pad Rash is the kind of rash that is caused due to the constant friction of the sanitary napkin with the skin, giving rise to redness, itchiness as well as dry patchy skin and inflammation in some cases.
Most of the time, a woman suffering from this condition finds it hard to concentrate on any work and as a result, becomes not just irritated and cranky but hard to deal with as well.
Most women affected by polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) hesitate to consult a doctor which at times can make matters really worse.
It is not just an embarrassing matter for them but also something that most women would want to keep private and endure the discomfort in silence.
For such women, there are certain steps that they can take to ensure that the level of discomfort is the lowest.
1. Clean Up
For most women, who suffer from pad rashes and retroverted uterus it has been found that most do not keep the vaginal area clean during the periods which is actually the main reason for the formation of the rashes.
Make sure that you use water liberally and thoroughly clean the area several times a day. Staying hygienic and clean will ensure that you keep bacteria and other germs at bay which are the main reason for the rashes.
2. Regular Change
It is crucial that you change your pad after every 6 hours irrespective of the fact whether it has been soaked through or not.
Using the same sanitary napkin for a prolonged period of time has been found to result in rashes as well as infections.
Using an antiseptic on the rashes, be it a gel or a cream will make sure that they are properly moisturized as well as germ free.
Mostly, the rashes develop because of the fiction caused by the napkin with the skin and as such keeping the skin moisturized with an antiseptic will ensure that this does not happen thereby helping with their reduction.
4. Hot Compress
Using a hot compress on the area will ensure that any sort of inflammation caused will be immediately soothed. A hot compress will also make sure to combat the itchiness as well as any pain that you might be feeling.
5. No Soap
Make sure that you are not using any kind of soap or body washes or any such product that might contain hard elements that might irritate the skin further.
If the cause of your rashes has been found to be the wetness that usually comes with the periods, make sure to apply a powder to dry out the area before putting on the sanitary napkin.
This will ensure that the affected area stays clean and dry. It is advisable that you consider using an antiseptic powder since they will work both ways- keep the area dry as well as protect it from infection-causing germs.