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Eczema Voice: Eczema and the Body: Eczema and the Privates: Females


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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By AlexandriaGiGi on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:04 pm:

& btw everyone will tell you "just don't scratch" that is impossible without constant upkeep. So ignore those ppl. Sorry for all the spelling errors it 7am and I am half asleep.

-Alexandria

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By AlexandriaGiGi on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 11:59 am:

I am 26 and have had my breakout since I was 19. I have the same issue, vaginal eczema. Sores, cuts and itching which feels like its under my skin and never really feel satisfied until I've scratched so hard that my skin is tore up and dried out.

However there are solutions that work for me. Biggest is my steroids prescription drug called Triamcinolone Cream 0.1%.. It's works instantly! Smooth, dry skin & itch free. Only thing is since its a steroid I only use it for a whole week once a month. That end result leaves me itch free for about 3 weeks (soooo worth it) feeling normal again & the last week before I can continue is when my period starts up which of course starts the terrible itch. So I use baby rash cream called "triple paste medicated ointment for rash" and it holds me over that last week in which I start my Triamcinolone cream again.

This can be taken care of with patience & just understanding that you have to be constant and not slack off the regimen because your not itchy. It will come back full force unless you continue taking care of your issue without slacking off

P.s I am sure diet has a big role as well. I myself have not changed mine. But so some research & see (I've heard avacatos (however u spell that) ?? Apparently each healthy works from the inside out. Which makes sense since the itch is so intense if honestly itches underneath the skin which is why we scratch sooooooo hard. For me it always felt good to scratch my skin open for relief. Except it also hurt and burned and left me with permanent scars. But please read my advice, it works!! See your gyno and tell them to give you a topical steroid prescription :)

Feel free to email me. AlexandriaGiGi@yahoo.com

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Ratna on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - 09:19 am:

I completely agree with Elizabeth. I think you sholud pursue a different type of care provider for the birth experience you want. I highly recommend finding a qualified midwife or a even a free-standing birth center. Both options could give you exactly what you want. It may just take some effort to find one who is experienced enough to feel comfortable with a multiple birth.I completely understand the desire for a natural, vaginal birth. It just makes sense to me. I just gave birth to my first baby (girl!) and it was an intervention-free, fabulous experience. Women's bodies were created for giving birth thus are very capable. Everything that is experienced in birth is for a physiological reason, including any pain (I hate that word...pain is not how I would describe what my body was doing). For more info on birth and how to advocate for your desired experience, check out a few of my fave books; Pushed by Jennifer Block, The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Gentle Birth Choices, Natural Birth the Bradley Way, and Immaculate Deception, not necessarily in that order. It's so eye-opening to read what the doctors either don't know or don't tell you. It has made me truly passionate about how pregnancy and birth are seen in the US and it makes me want to change that view. We sometimes have to remind ourselves that, for the majority of women, birth is not an illness or a condition to be treated. It's a natural part of life just like bowel movement! Do we call a doctor everytime we need to poop? No, our bodies know how to do that just like they know how to give birth. The mind becomes separate from the body during childbirth so we don't overthink things. Another amazing resource are the message boards on mothering.com. They have a forum for everything related to conception, pregnancy, childbirth (all kinds!), parenting, and the like. I applaud you for not giving up so easily when your initial care provider wanted to deny you what you seem to know is right. Their only medical reason for not allowing VBAC's (of multiples or singletons) is the risk of a ruptured uterus and that risk is SO very small. It's much smaller than the risk of having major abdominal surgery (C section) again. But that's one of those things they don't tell you. If you've had a VBAC prior to this pregnancy, a vaginal birth is a very safe option even if it is a multiple birth. Your body has then proven it's capable of doing what you already know it can. Be on the lookout for care providers who claim they'll allow you a trial of labor only to set a time limit on that trial. This almost always results in a repeat c section.I wish you the best and I hope you can find someone to help you on your birthing journey. It really is amazing and absolutely worth it. I'm only 8wks postpartum and I'm already looking forward to when I get to do it all over again. :-) Oh, and find a Doula. They are an amazing resource and a great support during labor and birth. At many births they can mean the difference between forced medical intervention and a more natural approach. Check the DONA website to find one in your area.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eczemiapolis on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:26 pm:

Eczema sucks..on any part of the body,I've had it since when i'z little...inner elbow region,inner knee...then as I got older other places...when I turned.sixteen..gosh on my nipples n down there too!..anyway steroids are always recommended...hydrocortisone for.areas like trhe face n pubic areas as it is mild...other places,potent corticosteroids like betnovet n dermovate..n oral meds like loratidine,prednisolone n cetirizinehydrochloride helps alleviate the itching alot!!...I hope I was helpful..the cure will be discovered soon I hope;-).PEACE!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By anonymous on Monday, September 03, 2012 - 01:49 pm:

It's so sad to see all these stories but it does make me feel a little better. I am 22 now and my symptoms started five years ago. I had thrush which I treated, but while the redness and cracks in the skin went away the pain didn't. With no visible symptoms I had a horrible few years of going back to the doctor over and over. I was tested for STIs twice despite my insistance that I couldn't possibly have one, given multiple thrush treatments, put on antihistamines (which helped a little), amitryptaline (an antidepressant which made me feel like i was going crazy), and numbing gel. Finally I saw a top gynaecologist who knew immediately that I needed hydrocortisone 1% ointment. After a treatment of this, I was fixed. It still flares up every year or so, right now it isn't great, almost like an ache under the skin. But I also have a moisturiser which helps when I'm not using the steroid ointment.
To anyone using a steroid ointment, remember that you can only use it in 7 day bursts. I went back to the doctor once saying it had stopped working, when I had been using it for weeks. It thins the skin and you need a break to recover from it before you try it again.
I hope some of that helps!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Starling27 on Saturday, June 09, 2012 - 12:07 am:

I'm 27 and have had genital eczema for 22 years. Yep, i first got when i was 5 years old, it has been the bain of my life. It has caused me to lose sleep because the itching so ridiculously intense and it lasts for hours. It makes it sore and bleeds, but yet the itching doesn't stop, so even though i'm in pain the need to scratch is greater. I have been to my GP and have been through the whole range they offer, i have a good gential hygeine routine and use an emoilent wash before applying cortizoid cream. But it doesn't make any difference :(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Aquicultura on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 04:51 pm:

Are you for real? What kind of question is that? No, there is no such thing as seilne vaginitis . Men and women both can enjoy sex well into older age. It depends on the person. As for turning to anal sex, there is no natural lubrication in the anal canal. In my opinion, it would be the other way around.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Jheniffer on Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 10:32 am:

The second time I ever had sex (with the man who is now my ubhsand, but was my boyfriend at the time), he slipped out, but not all the way out. For a while afterwards, we couldn't even have sex at all, as the pain of him even attempting to put his penis inside me was just too much. I found that putting a pillow under my lower back and butt and using some lube until my body was used to sex solved the problem. Occasionally I do still have some pain during sex, but that's mostly from my lack of physical abilities.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By ngcemuz on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 03:41 pm:

HI IM FEELING BETTER BY READING YOUR EMAILS BUT WHAT WORRING ME IS THAT THERES NO MEDICINE FOR THIS DESEASE CALLED ECZEMA .KEEP ON TRYING I WILL ALSO DO THE SAME IF YOU GOT IT DONT FORGET TO INFORM/HELP US.AND ME I WILL DO THE SAME
BY ZAMA

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By just me on Friday, December 16, 2011 - 08:49 am:

THE BEST STUFF IS CALLED KENACOMB ! I FOUND IT IN MEXICO ...NOT WANTING TO GO TO MEXICO ANYMORE IM NOT SURE WHERE I CAN GET IT NOW ...BUT IT STARTS WORKING AS SOON AS YOU PUT IT ON AND WOULD CLEAR UP SO FAST..WITHOUT IT NOW... THE ITCH IS BACK...ALSO..DONT YOU HATE IT WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU NOT TO SCRATCH IT ...YOU HAVE TO !!!!!!!!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Teena on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 08:40 am:

Oh ya I forgot to say if anyone has any other ideas for me or my 3 year old feel free to email me at teena143_sac@yahoo.com

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Teena on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 08:37 am:

I suffer from vaginal and anal eczema...The saddest part is that 6 months after I started having the flare ups down there my 3 year daughter started getting the same symptoms :( She was almost 2 at the time so it's been over a year now for her. We have seen our primary Dr more times than I can care to remember trying to get a diagnosis. We've been told so many times it's yeast or fungal infections but the medicine they prescribed never helped and we've tried them all. I finally had a biopsy done and was told it was eczema. My daughter started seeing a Dermatologist who said it looks like lichen sclerosis which I think he is wrong because it looks like dermatitis/eczema to me, especially since I have it and we have the same symptoms, but he's the Dr so now I am even more worried than I already was. Now we will drive to another city so my daughter can see a very good Pediatric Dermatologist Specialist she is being referred to hopefully they will be able to diagnose her properly not that it will change anything, my poor baby is still going to suffer with this just as I am :( There has to be something more for all of us. I am so depressed thinking I will have to live like this the rest of my life, let alone my baby! She is just way too young to have to also be going through this. I wish there was like some kind of support group or something because I just don't know what to do anymore.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Darrence on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 07:30 am:

That's going to make things a lot esaeir from here on out.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Hannah-Jadex on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 12:09 am:

Im 12 years old and I suffer with itchyness down below,I get too embarrassed to say much but I had the guts to go and get a swab done by the nurse,im being treated for THREADWORMS,which is common at my age and younger. I also have skin issues like eczema which I hate. I hope it all gets sorted :(

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By worried on Saturday, July 30, 2011 - 02:15 pm:

im currently 15 years old and i have had eczema since i was about 9 i started getting it when i went overseas, by now it has almost spread through my lower area and i also started getting eczema on my underarms, stomach, and around my legs, and i was and still am embarrassed to go and see a doctor, my mum gets me these creams from the chemist, it would help sooth the area for the night but the next morning as soon as i wake up it itches like crazy and the next thing i know its starting to bleed (excuse the visual, my apologises), i find it better when i have a nice long shower, but not fully recovered. I hate it worst at night when im sleeping and i happen to wake up for a second the urge to stratch is horrific and sometimes unbearable. i am too embarrassed to be seen in shorts as it has spread through out my thighs and backsid, it is sooo embarassing, at the moment i am not using anything as it really irritates my infected area ... i really nee an honest opipion in the matter to help boost my self-esteem... ANY HELP?? PLEASE :)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Friscogirl on Monday, October 25, 2010 - 05:57 am:

I'm 12 and I just started to have itching.... Down there. I've had eczema many times before on other parts of my body, sothis isn't entirely new. But anyways, I use hydrocortisone 1% and that usually has worked for me in the past, but that was when I was really young. So more to come with the results...

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By pumkinnoodles137 on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 03:06 am:

I haven't read all of the posts but the best decision I made was to see a dermatologist. I had to go back a second time because the intial steroid cream didn't work, but she prescribed a stronger one and recommended that I use Eucerin Calming Body Wash and Lotion. It has been amazing. I had been itching for almost a year. Everytime I say my gyn he kept saying it was a yeast infection. They just don't know any better. I have to go back on Thursday. Her next step was to biopsy my skin and send me to an allergist to see what's causing the breakouts. I hope this helps. My skin has cleared up and I only itch occasionally and no where near as bad as before. I feel I can live my life normally once again.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Brittany on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 05:37 pm:

I'm 18 years old and have suffered from vaginal eczema for 2+ years now. I was diagnosed just a couple months ago via biopsy. Before, I was told by 3 gynecologists that it was a yeast infection. I used to cry myself to sleep every night from the pain and embarrassment, and wake up crying from the itching. But now I am learning to live with it, which I never thought I would. The major issue I have is how this disease has affected my relationship. Me and my boyfriend haven't had sex in 4 months (we've been together for 2 and a half years). And I have no desire to. I love him, I love us, I think I just associate sex with pain now. I don't know how to go back to normal.

My eczema is mostly under control. Sometimes I wouldn't know I have it until I look. Sometimes it's so bad that I have a total emotional break down. What's helped me is Aveeno lotion with colloidal oatmeal. I apply it several times daily. The doctor prescribed me Allegra, which I took orally for 30 days and I don't really know if it helped since it's when I started all kinds of other treatment. And she prescribed Protopic which left me severely burning, hot, itchy, and miserable. HOWEVER, I'm going to try it again, because I gave it to my mom since she suffers from eczema on her ankles (very severely) and it cleared her right up! That's where my hope is right now.

My eczema also worsens with the onset of my menstrual cycle. Discharge triggers it as well. I find pads to do the opposite of what some said. I wear panty liners in order to soak up that irritating discharge, otherwise I'd be carrying extra panties with me everywhere.

I wish there was a support group for this disease. I've never needed a support group like I do now... Anyone ever thought of using that birth control that reduces your periods, Seasonique? My eczema is always so close to being healed when my next period hits and puts me back to square one. It's so incredibly disappointing every time.

I'm shocked at the great number of people with this disease. I've read 10% of the world population has eczema, so I've wondered how many have vaginal eczema... I wouldn't wish this on my very worst enemy, yet I'm definitely glad to not be alone in this.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By moonsshadow on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 09:46 am:

oh, and stop washing with whatever soaps you currently use.Those could be the problem. Try bathing in simple dead sea salt (which is awesome), or apple cider is supposed to be useful (though I havn't tried that myself.) The doctor may give you soft eczema friendly shower gels and soaps, ok? :)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By moonsshadow on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 09:43 am:

First of all, deffo go to your GP and try to tell your mum about it. Try not to worry, lots of women get these sort of problems! You'd be surprised, and it's not something your doc, or probably even your mum, will be shocked about.

It could be eczema, but it could be a yeast infection, or caused by your diet (yeast and dairy being the main contenders.)

Periods do sometimes make it worse. If it's connected to a yeast infection, your vagina being in the dark, and generally damp, makes it worse.

For now, get some E45 or simple aqueous cream to put on your vagina to get you through the day.

But make an appoinment with your doctor, as this just helps wit itching in the short term. Good luck, I hope it gets sorted :)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By abbeyjean on Thursday, April 01, 2010 - 11:27 am:

im 15 and ive been having similar problems. I have a red sores on my underwear line that weep and actually make my undies damp. Ive had my period for the last couple of days and wore pads. Has this made it worse ? I also get a severe itch but only where my pubes are. Could this be vaginal eczema and if so what could i do to make it better ? I havent told my mum or been to see my gp.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Sarah.A.E on Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 11:42 pm:

It might sound cray but it is good to know that there are other women in the same boat as myself! When I was 16 I was told I had endometriosis and was told I just had to live with it basically. There was a surgical procedure but my mum wanted to wait until I was a little older and understood what it all involved. Anyway, last year I went to my new doctor in my new town where I had moved to. I had been getting horrible itching and sores (which I had been told by my previous doctor were symptoms of having 'endo'.) The itching and sores had sex was becoming more a more painful. I was told by this doctor that I had thrush, she gave me a cream and it went away for a little while. Then that doctor left the practice, and I got a new wonderful doctor. I went to see her...and after a long chat about my history and symptoms...turned out that I do NOT have endometriosis, or thrush...I have eczema! She explained to me that it was so bad it went as far as she could see and beyond (sorry for being graphic!) which is why the pain felt like it was an internal thing rather than just on my skin. How could all those doctors and nurses and gynae doctors who had stared and poked and swabbed and prodded at me for so long, get it oh so wrong! And five years after being told I had endometriosis it took one altogether lovely doctor to look and diagnose me within minutes.
Does anyone know what can help with sex?! Its so difficult to have sex with my boyfriend. It's painful and the next morning it hurts so bad. I've used lubricants but they end up making my skin sting. I feel like crying at the idea of having sex sometimes because I can't face the pain during and after. Can anyone help?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By TIRED on Monday, November 23, 2009 - 05:35 am:

I've had vaginal eczema since my childhood (18 now) and i never knew what it was called because I've only been diagnosed for it about a year ago. I never wanted to get tested for it, i was too afraid to find out what it was. I am a virgin and even with that fact, I was still skepticle, 'cause in cases that involve your most private and sensitive parts, all you could think of are the worst things. Anyway, I'm starting to think that these doctors I've seen are so useless really. They've prescribed me with creams that were supposed to "get rid" of my vaginal eczema, but alas, they never did. I am now using Vaseline and I've read the past posts about using Vaseline, but I don't know what else to do. Sometimes I feel so hopeless and this skin disease has made me so insecure sexually. The thing is I only have extreme eczema on my vagina, on the right lip, no where else. I get -and barely for that fact- the occasional normal itches on the rest of my body, but there are no signs or scars. I hate what this damn stupid skin disease has done to me. I feel so angry and always frustrated about it and I'm only guessing that you people should feel the same way.

It just puts me at some ease that I've found others who are experiencing what I m experiencing as well.

Do you think there is a kind of surgery where doctors cut the extremely damaged skin from eczema and just replace it with skin from another part of your body or stitch it back up to make it heal back to normal skin?
... Yeah I'm that desperate, but it's so annoying. I am so tired of waking up randomly at night to scratch and waking up in the morning only to find out what the hell i just did and feeling dirty and guilty and disgusted about it. I HATE IT.

ANYONE ELSE AGREE?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Peter on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:43 am:

If you are susceptible to yeast infection, medication will only clear up the present outbreak, but, as yeast spores are in the general atmosphere, it is almost inevitable that you will continually get re-infected. Yeast thrives in dark damp places and the genital area, in particular, is an ideal breeding ground. You can often keep re-infection at bay by exposing your body to fresh air and if possible gentle sunbathing, whenever the opportunity occurs. It means going around nude, but the choice is your’s! I prefer not having to suffer from eczema.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By beltajean on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 03:49 am:

OMG! I cannot believe that other people have this problem. My husband has a rash on his shoulder, and always scratches at it. Docs have told him SEVERAL different thoerys on what it is. But never mentioned Eczema. So I searched online. As the years have gone by, the more he itches at his shoulders, the more it spreads, and it has come all the way down one side, and to his penis. Then, of course. I have gotten it. It is only on the outside of my vaginal area, but when I see the doc, they tell me it is an external yeast infection. Give me a high dollar medicine that doesnt work, then blow me off when I try to tell them it didnt work. It makes me so angry. Does anyone know anything to completely get rid of this?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Hunee on Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 09:44 am:

Just knowimg that I'm not the only one with this dreadful "issue" makes me feel a tad better. I have been so frustrated over the last two years as NOTHING seems to work. All very good to 'go nude', but that is unfortunately only temporary relief. Sleeping is impossible, and after dozens of visits to doctors, 2 biopsies, and trying every cream and ointment out there, I cry thinking that this is how the rest of my life will be. I've done several intense detoxes, started meditation, only wear cotton, never use pads, take cold baths, and have really done everything possible. The once sexual, sensual and confident me is now a mess of insecurity with no sex life.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Peter on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 05:03 pm:

Thrush is caused by yeast spores present in the atmosphere and they can cause eczema. Yeast thrives in dark damp places and many doctors recommend you don’t wear trousers or tights, but rather skirts or dresses. Also it is suggested that not wearing underwear can help as it allow the air to circulate. I am susceptible to yeast induced eczema and I can keep it at bay by going around nude whenever possible:.see my post below

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Laura on Tuesday, August 04, 2009 - 08:49 am:

Hi, I'm 22 years old and as a child I has eczema, from the age of 17 or so I have been getting severve itching and buring around my vagina and doctors put it down to thrush, I have had constant thrush treatments and am too sensitive for any of the creams, the skin around my vagina is bright red and feels tight, hot and itchy so I think I may have eczema as well as thrush! I was wondering if anyone knew if the two were linked as its making my life hell, it flares up for at least 1 week per month if not more and I am really at my wits end with it!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Peter on Friday, July 31, 2009 - 06:24 pm:

Tam, you could well have eczema with can be caused by yeast spores or thrush, which is also caused by yeast, which thrive in a dark damp atmosphere. You can buy something in the pharmacy, but both have the tendency to return and you should be able to keep it in check by not wearing tights or trousers and wearing skirts or dresses instead, with preferably no underwear so allowing the air to circulate. You really should get the doctor to check the damage to your vulva and you can be assured that you have nothing he or she has not seen before- it is far far better to suffer embarrassment for a few minutes now than suffer a long term problem.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Tam on Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 10:32 pm:

Hi. I'm beginning to think i have eczema on my genital area but am not quite sure. I often itch like crazy and sometimes i end up bleeding. I occasionally end up tearing during sex with my boyfriend, one tear is quite big and hasn't really healed very well. There also seems to be extra skin growing back, as in excess skin. I know this sounds disgusting, but am quite embarressed about going to the doctors about it. Anyone got any suggestions? All would be welcome.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By becky on Thursday, May 07, 2009 - 12:43 am:

I can't tell you how hopeful I was when I found this forum! For several years now (I'm 36) I have had this horrible itchy rash on my underwear line on my inner thighs. Nothing has helped! I finally broke down and asked my mom in a casual way and she says that she gets it too. My gyno blows me off every time I mention it, says its dry skin rash and "don't scratch it". It's humiliating and when it's really bad it hurts to even wear underwear. No matter how hard I try not to, I scratch it because the itch is unbearable. The only way I can get any relief is hydrocortozine, and well, that only works for an hour or so. Can someone please suggest something over the counter for me to try that's "safe" to use in that area?
I've tried everything, not shaving at all, shaving, soaps, creams, I'm just totally frustrated. I want it to get at least manageable if not much better...

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Jasmine on Monday, May 04, 2009 - 11:06 am:

I am 42 years of age and suffer from this problem on and off. I have played around with taking EFA's as I read somewhere that taking Omega 3 6 9 supplements help. I think it has helped. I find keeping busy helps too. Distrsction is a great thing in life. The night is definately the worst. I use a cream called NOURISH by Naturalia. I found it from the Health food shop. I apply it at night and tell myself " that's it. I won't scratch tonite." A positive affirmation really works because you know what. I don't. I may itch like buggary in the morning but I get a good night's sleep.Try it.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By polly on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 09:54 pm:

I have suffered from vaginal eczema for about 2 years now, it really gets me and my partner down. Doctors are not interested and just tell me to put dermovate on it. I even think that I have ripped myself from scratching at night. I just want a doctor to help me but there still seems to be limited understanding in some parts of the medical world

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Mystical-Chick on Sunday, March 01, 2009 - 02:56 am:

I am a 26 year old woman and I have had echzema since I was 13...
In the last few years I have experienced Vaginal exchzema... Its very sore and very itchy, especially at night...
There is nothing you can do about it as echzema is a skin disorder and theres no cure, so it may not go away in that area once it starts...
HERE IS HOW I DEAL WITH IT:

SAVLON... I used to use sudocream but sometimes it is too sore to use anything too strong, Savlon is COOL AND SMOOTH and does not irritate and you can buy it everywhere pretty much,
I APPLY IT AFTER EVERY TIME I GO TO THE TOILET as urine can sting and irritate the affected area... for me this prevents the area from feeling sore and tight...

CUT YOUR FINGERNAILS... we ladies all like to have long nails that look lovely but hey, is it worth it? if you're nails are cut super short then you can't scratch so badly or unknowingly in your sleep...

LET YOURSELF HEAL AFTER SEX... sometimes the area can clear up for a day or so and you may want to have sex, might not be so romantic but go straight to the loo after sex and apply cream and dry off and otherwise the moisture may cause an outburst... and if after more than one rendevous you may experience an outburst, in which case avoid it untill after the outburst has cleared...

KEEP TRIM BUT NO SHAVING... shaving irritates the skin, it is much better to pluck or epilate, some waxes will probably irritate your skin also... It is much better to keep yourself trim as a 'full bush' (samantha - sex and the city... lol) may irriate and cause itching...

DONT USE PERFUMED SOAP OR TOILET PAPER... perfumed products can cuse irritation to sensitive skin... Use unperfumed soap (I use dove) and plain toilet paper...

KEEP CALM AND HAPPY... stressing out or worrying about stuff can cause outburts of spots and echzema...

I am not in any way a medical proffesional but this is how I manage to keep my Vaginal echzema down to outbursts that aren't too severe and only last a few days then clear up for a few days, which makes it far more bearable...

I hope this helps some of you... :D

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Rhi on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 11:03 am:

i was diagnosed with vaginal eczema about 6 months ago, and for a while it was excrutiatingly painful. I couldn't sleep at night and i was in tears. Then I went to a gynacologist-dermatologist who told me to;

Wash with aqueous cream
Avoid baths

I also found that taking Nytol helps me sleep- it contains antihistamine which relieves itching.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Katie on Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 07:18 pm:

I have psoriasis and eczema -- scalp, armpits, randomly on my torso in one place, and have had it in small patches on my back. I too experience eczema in more "personal" areas...cough... and it is true it can be excruciating! I finally just tried using the cream I was prescribed elsewhere "down there". It really helps. The tube says: "mometasone furoate cream usp, .1%" I think it is generic. Anyway, I would recommend everyone ask their doctors about this! It has made my skin problems bearable. Please look into it! You need to be consistent in using it, otherwise you'll have flare ups, but it really helps immensely. That, and frankly a bit of short fake-tanning can clear up the beginnings of flare ups (but keep it short!!!)

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Dee on Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 02:55 pm:

Im 16 and i think i have vaginal eczema. The skin around my vagina is peeling and i have red sores and its very painful. The skin just keeps peeling. I already have eczema on my elbow and i have cream for that, if i used that cream on my vagina do you think it would help also?. My eczema is psoriasis which is stress induced and im worried that because im stressed it is spreading elsewhere and i just dont know what to do. Can anyone help me? Please x

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By louise0 on Friday, November 14, 2008 - 02:18 pm:

ive got itchy genitals,and after ive itched it feels like ive been cut with the tiniest razor!! ouch,the itch is soooo intense,ive been to see a gynea doctor and she gave me steroid cream which is usless,and the doctor gave me dactacort which he also prescribed for my atheltes foot! strange lol i have had a biopsy before and it came back as a touch of eczema but i am desperate to get the right cream! i have a further appointment to see my gynea doctor next week do you thin k she will refer me to dermatoligist? is there anything i can get from my doctor or over the counter? desperate.louise

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sa75 on Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 11:48 pm:

I’ve had it down there now for 13 years, for many years my (crap) GP kept treating me for thrush, I kept going back for about 4 years, they took a samples, could find nothing wrong except thrush, so told me there was nothing they could do, they didn’t refer me or anything (backward rural practise). I was desperate, I started to get thickening of the skin, slept poorly, woke up with blood under my nails, then I caught warts down there for 8 years, (then the itching became even worse, although I had not thought this possible!) they got in my skin really badly, because of the open skin, I was suicidal for a few years.

I moved to a different area to study, had a new GP, told HER that I thought it was eczema, she had a quick look and prescribed me steroid cream, emollient etc, things got a lot better.

I have found that chilli really aggravates it, so only have curry once or twice a month now, not five times a week. This is when it started, when I started to cook curry loads!

I also use Allergenics now instead of the emollient cream, as this is natural. I mix this with the steroid cream and thrush cream if it starts getting worse again.

If the itching is at a low level I apply the Allergenics mixed with coconut oil or almond oil (from whole food or natural shops i.e. Holland and Barratt

I find washing with cool water 2 or 3 times a day, then reapplying cream(s) really helps. (do this especially before bed).

On the rare few weeks I have had over the last 13 years, that I have no eczema down there, the I use one of the oils to keep it moisturised.

Use lots of these oils for sex, it really helps.

I use tampons or tampax during my period as blood really irritates it.

I use BioD washing powder and only wear cotton pants.

If I am saw I use almond oil on toilet paper to wipe after going to the toilet.

hope this helps???

Sa75

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By relocatednyc on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 03:54 am:

I am a 25 year old female who has eczema my entire life. About 10 years ago, I began to get eczema in my hair and vaginal area.

I can't stop scratching. I have started to scratch in a way that I feel comfortable with that never seems to infringe on how the area is doing. I scratch slowly side to side to try to relieve the dead skin that is attached and causing the pain without removing any live skin cells, and this seems to work for me.

I judge the severity of my outbreaks in terms of how many sores there are (this would be where dead cells have been removed from the epidermis), how large the sores are and then by how many are bleeding (reached the dermis).

If I follow the rules underneath, I can keep myself down to close to 0 to 2 small sores, which are hardly a bother.

Reduction of sweat is the only thing I have found that really works for me.

Temperature:
Being outside during weather over 70 degrees will start it if I stay outside too long, also if it is above 90 degrees, being outside for even short periods of time will cause at least a small reaction. No lotion or anything else works for a pre-treatment. Close monitoring of how my body is reacting to the heat is key. Regardless of what is going on, I have to insure that there is a way for me to get indoors if I am to go to any outdoor event (even if this means a car during a camping trip).

Night-time:
This is usually due to the changes in the temperature, while I will go to bed and be comfortable, overnight, warm blankets will cause my body to produce small, but accumulating, amounts of moisture from sweat that will wake me up with severe burning and itching.
This is the hardest one to work with. Often, I will make the house 1 or 2 degrees colder until I strike a balance. Right now, 70 degrees is working with 1 blanket and 1 sheet.

Sex:
Sadly enough, if I have a severe outbreak (bleeding sores or sores that have reached the dermis of any kind), sex is almost not even an option for longer than a few minutes and even that can be painful because of the exchange of fluids. Going and slowly and keeping a towel nearby for immediate drying works for me if sex is an option.

Stress:
Raises in the body temperature will cause small amounts of sweat to build up.

Period:
NO PADS. Pads trap moisture and are almost the worst thing that I can possibly think of that I could possibly want near me. The material they are made of drive my skin wild. Bleeding sores everywhere. For any time of panty-lining, I just use rolled up toilet paper.

What I do in case of an outbreak, or any sore that is developing:
I use rolled up toilet paper in my underwear. It is also something I will do almost any time I know I will be going outside as a way to keep moisture away from my skin. It is a very effect way for me to take care of myself in public when I know I am about to have an outbreak too. If I feel any amount of moisture on my skin, I just press against it and it will relieve it a bit which will bide me a little time before I get back and strip down to nothing.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By forom on Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 08:54 pm:

i do sometimes get very very sore especially at night .i went to a ganaecologist and she told me that im suffering from severe eczema in my private parts she prescribed a soothing lotion called biafine it doesent worked wonders but it soothed me

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By don on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 10:31 pm:

i am a 46 year old male who has recently experienced severe itching in the groin area sometimes it clears up but itches like mad at night going to see my gp about it pretty sure its ecsmma what cream am i likely to be prescribed and will it work?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By samantha on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 10:38 am:

sammy, i have the same, i find allergenics works well as its natural give it a week to soothe, i find i get a spotty bot when i use cream in that area which just adds to the grossness!! i'm sure i'm always getting it infected by going to the loo when i have open cuts in that area. i also get it in my tummy button, it seems to be the damp dark folds of me!! i wonder looking back if it started when i started the pill, i'm sure i didn't have it there before even though i've had it since birth it moves around my body.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Peter on Monday, July 04, 2005 - 07:33 am:

Sammy, although I am a mere male, can I offer a suggestion? It is thought that some eczema may be caused by yeast spores, similar to those causing thrush. –these thrive in the damp and dark. Never wear tights (US panty hose) or trousers, but always skirts/dresses and no underwear. When possible go around nude. Keep your body moisturised especially the affected dry areas- I find “Vaseline Intensive Care Essential Moisture” quite good. I seem to have yeast induced eczema, which mainly affects my ankles/shins but there can be small patches anywhere. By going around nude for long periods and applying moisturiser as required, I have managed to keep it under control, although not completety cured and virtually eliminated itching. Surely it is worth a try!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sammy on Sunday, July 03, 2005 - 01:54 pm:

Can anyone help i have eczema in little patches all over my body and my face, recently i have been getting sore dry patches and what seem like really fine paper like cuts in my privates and my bottom, dont mean to sound disgusting but i cant have sex with out it tearing and everytime i go to the toilet i end up really sore, does anyone have any advice?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By ruth on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 11:50 am:

anon - if you feel really uncomfortable about talking to a male doc about this (god knows i would and i think so would most women here) - go and see a female general practitioner and get her to check you out. Ask her to take specimens so that you can isolate what might be causing/contributing to this - might be like you say a case of thrush - or could perhaps be a combination of things. It sounds as if it may well be thrush - which if you have underlying eczema on top of it - would just be an absolute nightmare to deal with if you don't get it treated - but the only way you will know is if you go and get tested and treated. Your local female GP should be able to help you here - and you should be able to get fairly immediate relief - if there is anything else that might need further investigation/followup - then perhaps ask her to refer you onto a female dermatologist. hope you get relief soon!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By anon on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 03:18 pm:

I thought I was totally alone with this! I was horrified when my eczema appeared in my private parts.The itching is so intense,especially at night or if I get hot,like in the office at work.It's so embarressing.I can't wear any underwear as the elastic irritates it further.I'm too embarressedto talk to my dermatologist..not helped by having male derm doc.At the moment the only thing that calms the itch is putting a cool pack on it but that doesn't last long.I also suffer from vaginal thrush quite often and wondered if it was related.Any help before I do some serious damage.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By cady on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 03:58 pm:

I usually have gotten eczema on my arms and on the back of my legs and never really new what the rashs were. About two years ago though it showed up around my eyes and they actually swelled up which scared the hell out of me. I just started birth control 3 months ago and for about 2 months now ive had off and on vaginal irratation. Until i found this website i didnt no if it was a yeast infection or not cuz ive never had one. I guess ill try elidel on it and some of your suggestions! is its appearance due to the pill or is it just coincidence?? help!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By lydia on Wednesday, November 03, 2004 - 11:34 am:

I seemed to experience the same thing. The doctors I go to kept telling me that it is a normal thing to have discharge. But mine was/ is usually very wet and heavy. Usually no itch associated, though. Once, when it itched, the doctor said it was candida that's caused by the antibiotic I took (to combat the infection I might get from all the scratching).
One thing is for sure, everytime I have such discharge, my eczema flares up real bad. And this usually happens about 1-2 weeks before or after my period. Anyone knows why? Sometimes, I can be almost sure that these discharge are the only root cause to my eczema.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Anon on Sunday, October 31, 2004 - 05:32 am:

Can anyone tell me if there is a link between yeast infections and eczema? I get vaginal thrush quite regularly :( and i also get alot of eczema. i have heard somewhere that yeast infections and eczema are linked somehow but cant find any info on this. comments??

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By concerned on Wednesday, October 06, 2004 - 11:47 pm:

samantha.... stop the vaseline!! while it may appear to be working... wut its really doin is only givin momentary relief! its holdin in heat... rather then just moisture... heat irritates eczema... i would kno... i used vaseline religiously fer 2 yrs... its momentary relief will die... n then ull be worse off then before

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By samantha on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 - 12:19 pm:

i put vaseline on my eczema last night and it soothed it really well it also stoped me from picking the loose skin as it became greasy. i suffer from hayfever as well and have cut out cow produce (this isn't the only form of calcium!) as it is mucuse forming and my hayfever is the best its ever been.as a veggie i get my 3,6 and 9 oils from seed oils which you can get from health food shops,(in bottles to add to food or drink) also pumpkin seeds are oily.
loads of water for general skin health, and invest in a bottle of kalms which are herbal non-habit forming and help you to relax!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Mary on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 07:45 am:

I agree with this last post. I don't like to wax, but I tweeze my pubic hair. It's tedious, but the hairs come out at the root and they are regrowing softer, thinner, and more slowly. My husband plucks the hairs on my backside I can't reach. My skin has been much softer and less itchy ever since I started doing this (about a year). It's great for me, but it might not work for everyone, I don't know.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By anonymous on Saturday, February 07, 2004 - 07:20 am:

I have had intense itching in my pubic area for a long time. I always put lotions and medicines on to try to moisturize the skin. However, it always seemed like my pubic hair absorbed most of the medicine, and it was hard to work around the hair, so I began waxing my genitals. I have no pubic hair at all, from front to back. And I find that now my hair is growing back thinner and thinner, and my medicines and lotions are able to soak into my skin much easier. I have a lot less itch in my genital area ever since I began waxing.
If you want to try this, don't shave! The hair itches like crazy when it grows back. Do something like waxing or tweezing that takes the hair out at the root. When it grows back it has the smooth, tapered end that grows in normally, not the flat, sharp tip caused by shaving that pokes and irritates the skin as it grows back. Shaved hairs can also be so sharp that they pierce and grow back inside your skin, giving you an itchy, red bump (ingrown hair).
NOTE: Waxing takes off the very top layer of dead skin, if you have a really sore rash wait until it it clear before you wax, otherwise it may really irritate your rash.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By apey on Saturday, January 31, 2004 - 08:28 pm:

does any one feel itchy and tingly down ther due to eczema? i do its horrible

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Judy on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 08:44 pm:

hello- can anyone describe what this is like? I have eczema on hands, head, back, face, mouth, and am wondering whether I have it 'down there' as well, its v sore & itches but I'm wondering if I should go & see a doctor in case its anything else. given that I have eczema in a lot of other places do you think its likely to be the same thing? It's just one small cut-like patch & i'm worried....I'd be gratefull if someone reassured me!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By tammy on Tuesday, October 28, 2003 - 12:46 am:

Can you catch this from someone who have it

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By samanthalo on Thursday, October 23, 2003 - 07:05 pm:

i'm so glad i'm not the only one with eczema in that area! i also get it behind my ears and tummy button. it does hinder my sex life and seems to flare up before and during my period then almost goes away the other time. i've heard carrot and cucumber juice is good for dry skin and also omega 3 and six which you can buy nut/seed and fruit bars from sainburys if your veggie or vegan.
i also get it slightly in my eye lashes which makes my skin around the eyes red sometimes, it tries to find different parts of my body to appear on, weird!!

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By nwad on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 10:08 pm:

i have great issues after i travelled abroad and broke out in ezcema. i live in a tropical country and it stratches like hell. i need to know how to stop it. my dermatologist prescribed a cream and internal pill about three years ago and it went away. now it is back!! can i just repeat the prescribtions or do i have to go back to her.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Earth on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 - 01:25 pm:

I also have eczema in the pubic area and behind my ears? Does anyone have any suggestions on how to relieve it and what causes it in this area?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By anonymous on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 06:05 am:

Have you guys tried Elidel? go to www.Elidel.com and they will send you a free tube.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By anonymous on Sunday, January 12, 2003 - 06:03 am:

Use Aveeno lotion and body wash it works really great

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Rose on Thursday, June 20, 2002 - 01:58 am:

I've recently gotten this same problem. It has got to be the WORST area for a rash. Protopic helps a great deal, it did for me. It cleared up and hasn't been back to badly or even much at all since. If your skin's to soar for anything topical or strong. I'd suggest a long hot soak in an aotmeal bath. I remember a few months ago I got eczema all over my body so bad that I could bearly move. The oatmael bath helped calm gown my skin. Afterwards I applied protopic. The itching dose get a little intesne after putting on protopic if your skin is bad so holding onto something (Pillow, stuffed animal) or takeing a sleeping pill might be nesisary in the most sever cases, but it starts working the very next morning.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By sarah on Friday, November 30, 2001 - 10:43 pm:

I too have eczema in the genital area and find it very itchy and sore. I suffer from thrush quite often and have a feeling this gets worse with having eczema. Also, it is embrassing when mentioning to my Dermatoligist - I find aqueous cream helps as it's cool and soothing. Anymore ideas please email me at sarahpeace3@hotmail.com

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By DENISE on Monday, October 22, 2001 - 08:28 pm:

I am 25 and have had eczema in the genital region for about ten years. It has recently got worse and over the last year I have found it very difficult to sleep due to intense itching, especially at night. Right now the soreness is even worse than itchiness, since I am scratching to bleeding point every night. I cannot tolerate anything topical on the skin and the only thing that helps is a heated cushion on the affected area. It is just getting worse year by year and I'm desperate for advice. Anyone? Eczemavoice?
DENISE

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By eczemavoice on Sunday, August 26, 2001 - 12:19 pm:

Valerie - we have passed your message on to Debbie and will update accordingly.
all the best

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By valerie on Saturday, August 25, 2001 - 04:30 am:

I have the same problem. I'm 40 and have had eczema in just one part of my pelvic area for more years than I care to remember. The itching is sometimes intense -- especially at night. I've tried many different topical creams but nothing has worked. Have you gotten any repsonses?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By debbie on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 - 10:42 pm:

I am a 44 year old female who has
had eczema for over 10 years. At first I thought
I was suffering from a yeast infection due to the affected
area. My gynecologist sent me to a dermatologist who
discovered that the intense itching is due to
eczema. Have you heard of any other people who
deal with eczema in this "sensitive" area? I haven't
ever met anyone with the same problem that I have,
although I admit, it's not a topic that I bring up very
often in public. Is there any topical that can provide
relief other than heavy duty-steroid creams? I've been
using them for entirely too long, but I haven't found any
thing else that works! I'm desperate for suggestions


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