Do I have heat rash in my lady bits? What do I do?
June 22, 2012 1:18 PM Subscribe
Embarrassing lady business question. Specifically: heat rash (maybe?) on/in my vulva.
For several years now, whenever it gets hot and humid, I become very prone to getting painful areas in the crevasses of my vulva (between the inner and outer lips, for instance, or even on my clitoral hood -- yikes). They feel hot and look red, and hurt mostly only when touched or when they get wet (i.e. in the shower). I pretty much can't wear pants at all in the summer, and for the past year or so, I can't wear them year-round either without this problem happening. I know what a yeast infection feels like, and I don't think this is one, unless it's somehow happening solely on the outside of my vagina. I did show the rash to my gyno last year and she basically shrugged and told me to try diaper rash cream (which I haven't done).
I did see this previous question, which seems similar, though I don't itch, just burn, and my rash is in my vulval folds: http://ask.metafilter.com/182364/Stop-itching-please
Things I already do: Sleep naked; use unscented, dye-free detergents and soap; wear cotton underwear and skirts/loose clothing. Things I haven't tried: cornstarch-based baby powder; anti-fungal creams. My skin already feels irritated and I don't want to irritate it further. (Also, I, um, would like the area to remain nice-tasting. There, I said it.) Anyone have any experience with this? Advice? I have my annual gyno appt. next week but we're in the middle of a heat wave right now so I'd love to do something in the meantime... Thanks.