Itchy red area in labial crease

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Hi

For what I'm estimating to be the past 2-3 yrs, I've had a recurrent itch in just one spot in my vulva. It occurs in the labial crease close to my clitoris. 

Basically, every now and then, I will get an intense itch in this area, that may happen just once or twice within a few days. The itch will disappear and months may pass before I will get it again. The itch is not generalised in the vulva, it is localised in this one area. 

If I scratch too hard it will cause light bleeding. 

I've never really thought much of it, until I got it again the other day, so look it the mirror (and used a torch to get better light on it) and it is actually a very small red area. I don't know if me scratching has caused it to become red or it's some kind of lesion and it's causing the itching. 

I applied some sudocrem a couple of times a day for three days but it still looks the same. Actually, it did look like it calmed down, but it was a bit itchy again today and looked very red after scratching. 

I'm making a GP appt this week. But does this sound familiar to anyone? It's definitely nothing sexual related. 

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    Sorry I dont know what this could be but you are doing the right thing in getting the doctor to check it out.

    Take care and keep in touch.

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  • Posted

    Might be thrush. Don't put any more creams on until you know what it is because it may make it worse.

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    • Posted

      No, it's not thrush at all. Thrush would be much more persistent and not localised in one area. 

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    I know, thrush wouldn't be so localised, but it was all I could think if that causes an itch. I just wondered if it was possible for thrush to lerk in a crease. When I had thrush that repeatedly came back after treatment I was told by the GU clinic that it can hide in nooks and crannies and can flare up again when irritation occurs (intercourse).

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      I know what you mean, but I'm sure it's not thrush, plus no discharge. There's also nothing that could cause it to become irritated. This just itches at random. 

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    Weird. Perhaps it is a patch of some kind of dermatitis. Let us know what the doctor says.
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      Thanks. My doctor didn't seem to think much of it. She just suggested irritation/dermatitis. The red patch had actually got a lot better, so it was obviously the scratching that made it look very red, but still no real reason why it itches in that one area the first place other than just "maybe dermatitis".

      She gave me some hydro cream and just see how it goes. 

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    Do you use coconut oil? I would highly recommend it. Not only is it an emollient but it has antibacterial and antifungal properties. I use it internally and externally on my vag to keep thrush at bay. Many women on these discussion groups have found relief from dry vag using coconut oil internally. Any sore or rough patches I get on my skin anywhere, I apply coconut oil. My hubby uses it on his penis if it feels a bit sore after he has exercised or been swimming (chlorine + genitals = bad!). I apply it internally and externally on my privates after every time I go to the loo - it keeps everything in a nice healthy condition now I don't produce my own lube. I have also given it to my son and daughter if they feel a bit itchy or sore in those areas. Works a treat. I have even put it in my eye when I had a sty - it was a Sunday I didn't want to mess around trying to find an open pharmacy, so I popped coconut oil in my eye for the night, in the morning the sty was gone! Coconut oil is my go to for any minor skin irritation. You need to make sure it is organic, raw, virgin, cold pressed coconut oil. Are you in the U.K.? All the supermarkets sell it now in the oils section.

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    I have had itching for over ten years and know one could help me! It was so frustrating! Finally it came back that it was Lichen Schlerosis which is an auto immune disorder. Unfortunately mine turned to vulva cancer. I would have them do a biopsy for that....
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