Pad rash is a common problem faced during the periods besides other monsters like cramps and pains. It is usually caused on the underside of the thighs, vaginal area, and sometimes goes as far as the bums causing immense discomfort and pain. Using pads becomes extremely difficult making the periods worse with the tension that you might stain any time. These often last longer than the periods and fade within 3-4 days when treated properly. If pad rash stays longer than this, contact a medical professional immediately.
For a better understanding of this problem, read on to know the probable causes and its remedies so that you can have a rash free and comfortable menstrual phase.
Causes of pad rash
There can be several reasons why the pads became your enemies during the time you needed them the most. Find out what could be the probable causes that upset this friend.
- Germ build up – When pads are used, sweating and dampness occur in the vaginal area. Vaginal discharge combined with any dampness that the pad fails to absorb causes germ build up and leads to a pad rash.
- Tight clothing – Women often use excessively tight panties to keep pad in place during the day. This causes friction and heat generation leading to redness and pad rash. It is similar to the nappy rashes that babies get.
- Over clothing – In an attempt to hold things in place, we often resort to tight pants and denims that restrict air circulation in the pelvic area. Avoid this to stop pad rash.
- Incorrect pads -Using pads with a rough surface can cause pad rash in the sensitive area. There are several variants of pads available in the market. With extensive research and development, sanitary napkins have been designed to meet the needs of all kinds of customers.
- Improper use of pads – Pads if not placed properly twist and turn during the daily activities. It is necessary to place the pads properly for a rash free area.
- Dryness – If the area is too dry, friction with sanitary napkins may cause skin chafing, leading to excessive redness and bleeding in a few cases.
- Excessive/Unusual menstrual discharge – On several occasions, one is doing everything right but faces the unhappy times with rashes. We often ignore unusual heavy flows and abnormal vaginal discharges as probable causes of pad rash.
Symptoms of pad rash
Several common symptoms indicate the onset of rash. Here are the most common ones faced during periods.
- Itching – Any discomfort induces itching which should be avoided at any cost. Itching and scratching the area only worsen the problem.
- Burning sensation – If there are any abnormal vaginal discharges, burning sensation occurs in the internal and external area. This is due to the germ build up in the vaginal region and should be attended to by an expert immediately.
- Discomfort in using sanitary napkins – If there are pad rashes, using pads can become a tough task. In such case, switching to tampons or menstrual cups for a small duration helps relax the region and heal the rashes.
- Redness – If you observe any redness around the inner thighs, it is probably due to the rash. Most of the women face this issue and are helpless about it. However, there are several counter remedies to get rid of this peculiar problem.
- Peeling skin – Rashes dry up the epidermis (the top layer of the skin) which peels off every time contacted. This eventually leads to exposed softer inner layer causing pain and uneasiness.
- Fluid-filled bumps – Severe pad rash may lead to appearance of red bumps that are filled with fluid and that burst even on slight contact with cloth/pad. Avoid pads for a while to deal with the pain and irritation, and treat the region with ointments and medicines.
Prevention/how to get rid of pad rash
For several women, switching pads seems to solve the issue. However, many resort to using tampons and menstrual cups for a stress free period. Here are a few other ways to deal with pad rash.
- Use the right size of panties – Avoid using undergarments that are too tight or too loose. Too tight panties will prevent air circulation in the area and too loose shall cause pad displacement and not give enough support. Right size of panties is the foremost requirement that one fails to recognize.
- Change pads often – Do not use a pad for more than 4 hours and the same is mentioned on most pad packs. It is necessary to understand that pads also have chemicals which combined with blood can lead to bacteria and odour. When not at home, try to use soft wipes to clean up before changing pads to avoid infection.
- Maintain hygiene – When we talk about hygiene, the first thing that comes to mind is soap and water. In any case, never apply soap on pad rash. It will cause dryness and worsen the problem. Cleaning with warm water is the best solution for pad rash.
- Moisturise the area – Apply coconut oil regularly (even when not having periods) to have the pad area clean and fresh. You can also try other oils that moisturize, are light and easily absorbed by the skin. Applying coconut oil every time while changing pads can also soothe sore skin.
- Use a pad that suits the skin – Sanitary Pads have come a long way from the initial phase and are available in large varieties for all skin types. So, try out a few types to know what suits you the best. Remember, not always what your best friend / sister uses is the best choice for you. So go out and explore the right pad for yourself.
- Wear comfortable clothing – Instead of tight denims and trousers, stick to skirts and maxis for better ventilation in the pubic region during periods. This will keep bacterial infections, pad rash and dampness in control.
- Give the body proper rest – During periods, prioritize the activities that involve too much walking or physical activity. Keeping the body stressed unnecessarily will lead to problems in discharge and pad discomforts. It is sometimes necessary to give the body the break it deserves.
Since pads are external to the body, it is the most common, cost effective, and convenient option among women to hold discharges during periods. Remember, rashes are just a common problem which can be taken care of and you need not restrict yourself because of it. So, just find out ways to help yourself and have a hassle free period.