How to treat irritation?

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I went to my pre-opt appointment yesterday.  I'm presently using halobetasol twice a day. Yesterday for the urine examination and I was  given  a sterile wipe to wipe  the area before I urinated.  Today the area is sightly irritated where I used the wipe (inner vulva). Any suggestions on how to treat? Thanks!

 

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    oh will thats so upsetting for you!

    those sterile wipes are very harsh. maybe try a douche or shower spray followed by coconut oil applied to the area...its very soothing. you'll need the raw organic coconut oil...its solid...and is sold in health food stores usually in large jars. I recommend cooking with it by the way as very pure.

    what op are you having? Good Luck with everything.

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    Maybe a soak in lukewarm water with a few drops of tea tree oil? I bought a bottle of pure aloe vera gel in the chemist a while ago and that's good for irritation as well.
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    Hi Willie,

    I would try either Emu Oil or Coconut oil.  It may take a while to recover from such harshness.  Also:  Do you rinse the area with look warm water after urinating?  After that apply the above mentioned.  Hope this is useful.

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      Thanks....for the advice ladies. The emu oil works most of the time. I have been rinising with warm water after I urinate. I have been applying virgin organic coconut oil. It's been helping but as you mentioned the healing is very slow. I was officially diagnosed with LS on 6/13.  My previous experience with LS was  prior to diagnosis two years ago  and at the time I was just itchy. This time it's painful, splitting skin and feels like things are crawling all over my skin.
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      Oh, Willie, that's LS in a nutshell. It doesn't so much heal as scar. And it doesn't do that till it's good and ready, sometimes for no apparent reason. I feel the two things I can do to help prevent flares is stay calm and avoid massive amounts of sugar.

      I have a friend who just had a bit of basal cell cancer cut out of her face. The doctor and our nurse friend keep harping on how important it is NOT TO LET IT DRY OUT, (she's got antibiotic-laced Vaseline, but the nurse friend said her herbal oil ointment is fine instead, unless it gets infected) or it can't grow the new cells that will close the wound. I think this is why keeping our vulva greased up all the time is so important.

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      That is strange.  I recently had a serious burn on my wrist which became infected.  I had been keeping it dry as was the normal way to treat a burn and it formed a thick crust which kept splitting due to the movement of my wrist.  I am diabetic which means infection easily sets in as the high sugar levels in my blood feed the infection.  I went to surgery and a nurse told me to keep it covered and gave me wet dressings to use.  She said it is now believed that wounds should be kept wet to prevent the scabbing and scarring is greatly reduced by doing this.  Food for thought with us LS sufferers.  I know some are irritated by not drying the area but I have found that my LS is definately better when I keep the area constantly moisturised with epaderm, not wet but moisturised and protected by a film of epaderm.  If I allow it to be dry and unmoisturised it seems to crack and flare again.
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    Yes, massive amounts of sugar are my biggest enemy.  Of course 'the flesh is weak' and sometimes in summer I fall for a yoghurt icecream.  It's better not to of course. The yoghurt is okay, but the added sugar is not.   
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    Another thing to remember is that we're not all the same. Most people seem to find ointments better than cream, and find emu and coconut oils very useful, but they irritate me.  I agree that keeping irritated areas moist as they heal helps them but I find creams much better.  At the moment I alternate between a calendula and a neem cream, both of which I got at the health-food shop.
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      actually thats a good point Kate! i think i'd like to revise my earlier comment Willie because whilst coconut oil is brilliant for insect bites, inflammation, skin moisturising, and cooking instead of olive oil, (given it remains stable at high heat in stir fries and with bacon and eggs), its also anti bacterial and anti viral. So for this reason coconut oil might not be the best application to the vagina and vulval areas....because it could potentially affect the bacterial biome and cause die off of good bacteria...which the swab you applied may have initiated setting up that irritation.

      i wonder if applying yoghurt or the contents of a probiotic capsule might do the trick instead? how are you by the way?  

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