Wearing a sanitary pad can result in a rash due to friction from movement that is walking, running, and other forms of physical activity.
It can cause the pad to move back and forth, contributing to a friction rash on the vulva. The rash may occur because of irritation caused by something in the pad's composition.
In some cases, the combination of moisture and heat can contribute to bacterial growth.
Causes of Pad Rash:
1. Moisture and Heat: A sanitary pad's purpose is to trap and absorb instead of collecting menstrual fluids as they exit the vagina. The trapped moisture and heat can irritate and cause a rash on the vulva.
2. Inadequate changing of pad: It is important for women to change sanitary napkins regularly throughout the day. Allowing it to fill up and get closer to the vulva can lead to the development of a rash.
Women should choose a pad that suits their menstrual flow. If a person buys a pad with a large flow, but only experiences a slight flow, they may think that they do not have to change the pad frequently.
However, no matter how small the flow, people should change their sanitary pads every 3-4 hours.
This is necessary to avoid the smell of bacteria and prevent irritation.
3. Contact Dermatitis: Contact dermatitis means allergic skin reactions and this can happen when a person develops a rash due to various materials or chemicals that encounter the vulva.
Sanitary pads contain a variety of irritating materials, such as adhesives and, in some cases, fragrances.
People with sensitive skin may find that they react to certain types of sanitary pads due to the materials in the sanitary napkins.
In these cases, switching brands can help prevent future occurrences.
Treatment of Pad rash:
Treatment for pad rash can vary depending on the exact cause.
1. Use unscented pads.
2. To reduce friction, wear loose cotton underwear.
3. Try a different brand of pads if you are reacting to the one you are using.
4. If the outer vulva is affected, apply hydrocortisone cream. You should not apply hydrocortisone cream to your vaginal canal.
5. Replace the pads frequently to avoid getting too wet and increasing the risk of irritation.
6. Use cotton pads that do not contain any dyes or adhesives. These pads are more expensive, but if you have sensitive skin, they may help prevent rashes.
7. Use an antifungal ointment to prevent yeast infections.
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