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So, a review for the ladies. I will try and deal with this somewhat embarrassing subject as best as I can.
Vagisil cream offers relief from itching 'down there'. There can be a variety of causes of the itching, some of which I will talk about here.
CAUSES OF FEMININE ITCHING
The first, and probably most common is itching without having an infection. This is caused by wearing tight clothing, allergic reactions to cosmetic products, wearing synthetic underwear, having sex etc. I'm sure we've all experienced this at some point, especially during the summer months. Vagisil is perfect for these situations, and will sooth the symptoms quickly.
Next, we have itching caused by an infection. The most common infection is thrush, which is a yeast infection. Along with the itching, you can also experience burning whilst you pee. This can be caused by taking antibiotics, taking the pill, obsesity, wearing tight clothes and pregnancy. If you have never had thrush before it is advised that you visit a doctor for diagnoses, and you will be given a treatment. However the treatment will take a few days to work, and will not treat the itching syptoms. It is therefore advised that you use Vagisil alongside your treatment, to ease the itching. It must be remembered the Vagisil doesn't cure thrush, it just helps the symptoms.
There are other causes of itching, which is why you should see a doctor if you are unsure of the cause. These include Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) and Trichomoniasis, which both need antibiotics to clear them up. However, as before Vagisil can be used to ease the symptoms.
Vagisil doesn't require a presciption, and isn't behind the pharmacy counter, so you can pick it up from the shelf by yourself. This helps as some people can get quite embarrassed about this sort of problem. I personally just bought it with my weekly shop in my supermarket. It costs about £3.75.
It is for use for adults and children over 12, and contains an active ingredient (Lignocaine).
You squeeze the cream onto your finger (about 3-5 cm) and apply. You can repeat 3or 4 times daily if you feel you need to.
You must not use it for more than 1 week, as if you are still experiencing symptoms after a week, you need to consult a doctor. Most itching will 'fix' itself after a while. Wear cotton underwear, and if you wear tights make sure they have a 'breathable' gusset.
I have found that it can make your underwear a little 'messy' so I would recommend using some sort of panty-liner whilst using the cream.
Being a mediaction it has the usual warnings about possible sensitivity, keeping out of reach of children, and using it before the expiry date. It should also be remembered that it is only for external use.
The relief is pretty instant, and I find I only need to use it for a day, and then I'm back to my usual self. The expiry date lasts about two years, so it something you can just keep in your bathroom cupboard for when you may need it.
Vagisil do have their own website, which offers further product information and advice www.vagisil.com