How do I Relieve STD Itching?

Oral pain relievers may help relieve STD itching.
It's important to always wash your hands after applying ointment meant to relieve STD itching.
Medicated ointment can help relieve herpes itching.
Genital itching could be caused by a yeast infection.
When bathing or showering, avoid soaps that can dry or irritate skin.
Using condoms can help protect against some STDs.
A persistent itching in the genital region may be a sign of an STD.
Symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease may include itching.
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The absolute best way to relieve STD itching is by visiting a doctor for help with treating and curing the symptoms of whatever it is that you have contracted. While waiting for the treatment to take affect and still suffering from the symptoms of an STD, however, there are a few things you can do to soothe irritation. Oral pain relievers, wearing loose fitting clothing, keeping the genitals dry, and refraining from the use of irritating soaps, douches or intimate cleansing products may all provide relief from STD itching.

STD itching is commonly described as a persistent itch in the genital or pelvic region. While many conditions that are not sexually transmitted may cause symptoms similar to STD itching, such as a yeast infection, genital itching is often caused by scabies, herpes, Chlamydia or a host of other sexually transmitted diseases. Health experts recommend a full medical examination to find out the source of itching and treat it promptly. While waiting to visit a doctor, however, individuals can relieve severe itching by taking an over-the-counter pain medication.


Although you may be inclined to want to bathe or shower repeatedly while affected by STD itching, it is important to avoid the use of harsh soaps or other cleaning agents on the genital region. Often, perfumes, dyes, fragrances and other potentially irritating chemicals are added to these products, which can contribute to itching symptoms. These products may also cause the skin to become overly dry, which will cause further itching. Instead, gently cleanse the area with warm water when bathing or showering. This temporary anti-itch remedy is good for a variety of STDs that cause itching.

After bathing or showering in an attempt to soothe STD itching, be sure to thoroughly dry your private parts with a clean dry towel or a blow dryer on a low setting. Moisture in this area, combined with the darkness your clothing provides, as well as your regular body temperature will create a comfortable breeding ground for bacteria, which will exacerbate genital itching and pelvic itching. Also, avoid wearing tight clothing to give your body parts room to breathe throughout the day and to cut down on skin chafing sometimes caused by tight clothing.

STD itching caused by herpes can also be accompanied by nerve pain. There is no cure for herpes, but herpes itching and pain may be helped by applying a medicated ointment. Your doctor can prescribe one of these for you to apply topically to a herpes lesion in order to reduce irritation. Herpes is highly contagious, so experts advise applying the ointment with a cotton swab and avoid touching a lesion with your hands. It is further advised to never scratch a herpes lesion and always thoroughly wash your hands after applying an ointment to relieve STD itching.


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@ZipLine-- It takes a while for itching to go away after scabies is treated. But that's not an STD. I have no idea if the same goes for some STDs. It's best to check with your doctor.

I'm sure itching is also a major problem for those with the herpes simplex type 2 (genital herpes) during breakouts. The best way to avoid those is to take antivirals and keep the immune system strong. I've read that taking the supplement lysine can be helpful. It's an amino acid that supports the immune system. And using anti-itch topical creams on the blisters will help too. Aloe vera is often recommended for itching. It could probably also be used around the genital area (but only on the outside) without problems if it's 100% aloe vera.

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@ZipLine-- I'm not a doctor and this is definitely something you need to talk to your doctor about. I think both are possible. I have heard that sometimes a double course of antibiotics may be required for some STDs. The antibiotics used for gonorrhea and chlymadia are generally very effective, but rarely, a second course or even a different antibiotic may be required.

So please see your doctor, tell him or her about the itching and get tested to find out if the infection is gone or if it's still there.

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I was treated for a bacterial STD with antibiotics. I followed my doctor's directions to the T and took all my medicines as directed. But I'm still experiencing itching. Does this mean that the antibiotics didn't work? Or does it take a while for symptoms to go away?

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