I am an idiot with sensitive skin.
July 7, 2014 8:59 PM Subscribe
It took me years to figure this out, but I'm allergic to many common ingredients in soaps and lotions. If I stray away from using my approved short list of hypoallergenic soaps anywhere on my body, the most sensitive, NSFW, TMI part of my body suffers. My dumb clueless self recently used some body wash I'm allergic to. Help me figure out how to make everything normal again.
posted by anonymous to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I didn't put the body wash ON my vulva! I ran out of my mild bar soap and just finished washing my lower legs with it! But anyway, my vulva and vagina are irritated and itchy, and there's burning and tiny bit of discharge, and I know from experience that this can last WEEKS until my body's ph rights itself, and I am so incredibly impatient. Please make suggestions for things I can do to alleviate the itching, or ideally just end this whole awful experience.
-It's an allergic reaction, not a fungal infection, BV, or STI...I've probably gone through this a hundred times before, and it set in immediately after the body wash incident. I recently got STI testing and multiple gyno exams, as well.
-Please shelve your yeast infection recommendations. Miconazole nitrate, the yogurt thing, the garlic thing...all have been attempted on earlier go-rounds, but it's not a fungal infection, so it's useless.
-My only coping mechanism so far is to leave it alone outside of basic daily water-only washing; predictably, if you take something itchy and irritate it farther by washing it and poking it and smearing it with creams constantly, it itches more. Obviously, there are a whole lot of things my partners and I want to do besides basic daily water-only washing, and the idea of waiting weeks makes me want to cry. Help!