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Old 06-15-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy Labia Itching

I've had a problem with severe itching in my labia for years. I've been tested for STDs and all came back negative. I've been to the doctor and they've said it's just an irritation....but I get it all of the time. I don't have an infection or anything...so I tried some Vaginal cream that was supposed to stop the itching, but it didn't do anything...

Any advice on what to do to stop this itching? It is driving me crazy.

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Old 06-15-2008, 07:04 PM   #2
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Re: Labia Itching

You have been tested for yeast infection, right?

You may want to see a dermatologist or a vulvar specialist, as a regular GYN might not be able to handle this.

On the "easier" side, consider that there may be something in your environment that is contributing to it.

Are you sexually active? If so, what kind of condoms, lubricant, etc are involved?

Do any chemicals ever touch your vulva? They shouldn't. Your bath soap should be a sensitive-skin fragrance free type, and you should wash your genitals only with lukewarm water, no soap at all. Never use any deodorant or cream there. Use plain cotton underwear washed in perfume-free detergent, rinsed well, no bleach.

Menstrual products: No perfumes or dyes. Consider a cottony-type pad rather than a plastic-y type. (that was sooo precise, but you know what I mean).

Avoid tight pants, and try sleeping without underwear, so your vulva gets some air.

Hope you feel better!

 
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Old 06-15-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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Re: Labia Itching

Yes, I've been tested for a yeast infection. Haven't been to a dermatologist or vulvar specialist before...might consider that if this keeps up.

I'm not currently sexually active and don't use any personal lubricants or anything like that.

I never use soap down there, I know better than to do that...and the soap I do use on the rest of my body is Cetaphil (I have skin allergies). I wear cotton underwear already. The detergent I use is fragrance free, and I don't have any problems with it on any other parts of my body, so I don't think that is a problem.

I've been through several types of pads because I know for sure I do have problems with them...but what confuses me is this is all of the time...not just when I'm in my cycle.

I'll try the sleeping without underwear...maybe the airing out will help.

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Re: Labia Itching

Glad to hear you are already familiar with the "sensitive skin routine".

I also have skin problems and vulvar issues, I've been diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis. I'm thinking of asking my GYN about using a Benadryl cream (specially made to be safe on the vulva).

 
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Re: Labia Itching

Thanks for all of your comments. I really feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one who has dealt with this. I'm definitely going to talk to my GYN and see what she says. If I don't get anything from her, I'll take your advice and see someone more specialized in skin/vulvar problems.

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Re: Labia Itching

I also have Vulvar Vestibulitis, but it's not as bad as it used to be. I use emu oil for dryness and irritation, Estrace cream topically and go to Acupuncture once a week. If things get really bad, an icepack between your legs does wonders for itching and burning. Warm Aveeno baths are very soothing too. Lichen Sclerois and Lichen Planus can also cause itching. Most Gynecologists don't have a clue, so try and find a Dermatologist who treats vulvar dermatoses or a Vulvar Pain Specialist.

 
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