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Allergy to sanitary towels: what are they, symptoms and treatment

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Allergy to sanitary towels or female towels is a relatively common type of contact dermatitis that causes irritation in the intimate region. This situation may arise due to the friction of the skin with the towel or due to the presence of some irritating substances, such as perfume or odor inhibitors, for example.

This type of allergy can cause a lot of discomfort and discomfort, due to which it generates symptoms such as reddening, comession and inflammation in the vulvar region.

For this reason, it is important to consult the family doctor or dermatologist to indicate the most appropriate treatment, which consists of replacing this type of towels with the menstrual cup or the use of tampons.



main symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms that may arise in women who suffer from allergy to sanitary towels are:

  • Intense onset and redness;
  • Emergence of an eruption or rash;
  • Irritation, burning and scaling;
  • Inflammation in the intimate region;
  • Presence of small lesions on the skin.

Some women can confuse the allergy of the towels with other factors that cause irritation such as: having an intense menstrual flow, using moisturizing creams or soaps that are not suitable for use in the intimate region, changing the toe with which the inner clothes are washed or used softening.

What can cause allergy to sanitary towels?

This type of irritative dermatitis arises due to the contact of the intimate region with some irritating substance present in the sanitary towels such as: the bleeding of the menstruation, the perfume that poses, the odor inhibitors or the material with which they have been manufactured; so like the constant rubbing with the misma.

How is the treatment performed?

The treatment for this type of allergy should be guided by a doctor, who might indicate the use of creams or ointments that contain an antihistamine and/or corticosteroids to relieve the symptoms.



Furthermore, you should avoid using a sanitary towel that is causing dermatitis, so during the menstrual period women should opt for other options that do not produce allergies, such as using the menstrual cup or cotton sanitary towels.

Also, it is important to wash the region with plenty of cold water and use suitable products to perform intimate hygiene, as well as avoid the use of fitted clothes, as they can increase the temperature and humidity, worsening irritation.

What to do during menstruation

For people who cannot use sanitary towels, due to allergies, there are other options that the person should try which best suits their body:

1. Buffers

​The use of tampons or internal absorbents is an excellent option for women who are allergic to sanitary towels. To use tampons safely and prevent the development of vaginal infections, it is essential to keep them clean and introduce them and remove them, changing them every 4 hours.

There are several brands available for sale such as: Tampax, OB, Saba and Kotex. See how to put on a tampon safely.

2. Menstrual cup

The menstrual cup, also known as a menstrual cup or menstrual cup, are generally made of medical silicone or TPE, a type of gum used in the production of surgical materials that are hypoallergenic and very malleable.

Its shape is similar to a coffee pot and is reusable and long lasting. See how to install, remove and clean the menstrual cup.

3. Female cotton towels

The 100% cotton women’s towels are an excellent option for women who are allergic to other types of absorbents, as they do not contain synthetic materials, chemical additives or residues responsible for causing the allergic reaction.

4. Absorbent underwear

The absorbent underwear has the ability to retain and dry menstruation quickly, avoiding allergic reactions because there are no irritating ingredients and can be reused. There are several brands available for sale such as: Depend, Indasec and Tena.

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