Pros: Works quick, readily available.
Cons: Slight smell, can be messy, doesn?t provide instant relief.
Preface: This review contains sensitive information and could be considered offensive to some, if you are easily offended please don't read this.
If you are a female and have never had a yeast infection, consider yourself lucky. They can be painful to deal with, transmitted easily to your partner and if left untreated could lead to serious health issues. Determining if you have a yeast infection isn't hard but if you have never had one you will want to see your doctor to rule out any other medical issues. A yeast infection can produce a variety of discharges from a smelly off white leakage to an accumulation of white chunky, cottage cheese like clumps. Vagisil is a great product to have on hand if you have a yeast infection and are taking a three or seven day medication to treat it; you may not get any exterior relief that first day so this maximum strength version of the product can give you some added comfort.
Vagisil Anti Itch Creme Maximum Strength
This is marketed as an exterior feminine product to relieve itching, combat soreness and protect sensitive areas. It can be used to treat the vaginal area when it becomes inflamed, itchy, sore or stressed from scratching. Let's face it, when you have an itch down there it can make concentrating on anything else almost impossible. I purchased a tube of this when I ran out of the original formula and wanted something that would work quicker and last longer. I can't complain about the maximum strength version of Vagisil and even though it didn't work as fast as I expected it still provided a good amount of relief without getting watery and running down my leg.
What gives this its soothing power? Benzocaine and Resorcinol. Benzocaine is a topical pain reliever and Resorcinol is most commonly used to treat skin inflammation and acne but in the case of this product it is added to protect the top layer of skin from becoming more irritated. The doses in this are the maximum allowable without a prescription and do a good job at soothing skin and allowing it to heal. The other ingredients like aloe, lanolin, Vitamins A, D and E help the inflamed area to help and recover from the irritation, soreness, swelling and any other side effects you may be experiencing. The smell is the only thing that I really dont like about it. It is hard to pinpoint the exact scent of it but it is something that smells like a feminine product and it can linger on your finger no matter how much you wash your hands after applying it. Because this has a moisture barrier in it you will need to wash your hands a few times to completely get rid of it.
Vagisil lists the directions on the box but chances are, if you have common sense, you won't need to read them. Apply the creme to your finger, rub over the inflamed area and repeat as necessary. Now, here is the tricky part. It says, "for external use only". Some might take that to mean that it can't be used for the internal vaginal / labial area and others will take it to mean that it shouldn't be used inside the vaginal tract or other internal parts. I have used this for the labial region with no ill effects and when I asked the pharmacist about it he said that to get the most from the product and to relieve all the itching it would need to be applied not just to the surface but to the inner labial region.
The one ounce tube can cost anywhere from $4.00 to $5.50 depending on where you are shopping. Wal-Mart has this for about $4.50 and has it in stock all the time. The tube usually lasts me the better part of the year because it isn't something that I use all the time. It reseals easily but you will want to make sure that it is on tight so that it doesn't dry out or lose potency. When I opened this tube there was some semi clear liquid that squirted out when I used it the first time so you may want to give it a good shake before you apply it. Mine has a fourteen month shelf life so chances are I will be able to use up the majority of it before I will need to buy a new one when the expiration date arrives.
The Bottom Line
Whether you have an irritation from strong urine or a yeast infection or just wore something that was a little too tight, Vagisil Maximum Strength can help make things bearable while the healing process is happening. Their claims of "instant relief" are slightly exaggerated but it usually takes no more than ten minutes for it to kick in and start working. The numbing power of it works for at least six hours so you won't have to run to the bathroom every few hours to reapply it. I have never had this stain or discolor any type of clothing that's come in contact with it but it does start to get a little squishy when your body heat starts breaking it down. If you need something to help with feminine itching or when starting a yeast infection medication, this is something that can and will help.
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