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Well, I was first diagnosed with thrush, dermatitis then thrush again and eventually after a year of going from pillar to post with these different diagnosis I was finally told LS. Then I was given derogate and an appointment was booked to see a dermatologist for a biopsy. I changed my washing habits and made sure to use my derogate cream and everything seemed to calm down. Roll on six months and after results from biopsy dermatologist decides I do not have LS but just dermatitis and referred me back to GP and put me on a lower dose of the steroid cream to use only oce a fortnight instead of once a week. Anyway, every month without fail, whenever I have a period I get a bad flare. The past two months I have also ended up with cold sores down there on top of suffering with the LS flare too. I have been to the doctors and they gave me aciclovir medication to combat the cold sores. This last time it happened the doctor prescribed the aciclovir and advised me to go to a GUM clinic to confirm that it was herpes down there. When I got in to see the doc at the clinic, no sooner had he sat down to examine my bits than he was saying "you have Lichen Slerosus". He was disgusted that I was referred back to GP after being told that I don't have LS and only have dermatitis. Well I have been doing a bit of research the past couple of days and found that apparently if you have LS then it is best NOT to use the Always brand of sanitary towels which were the ones I normally used in the past if I used any brand. I also started drinking coconut water a couple of months back and this was a week or two before I got cold sores down there for the first time and I have learned that if a person already has the herpes virus in their body like I do (I get cold sores on my mouth regularly) then foods that are high in arginine will encourage a flare up of cold sores. Well I discovered that coconut water is high in arginine. Guess what I won't be drinking again! Lol. I think that the combination of the always sanitary towels increase the irritation to worsen the glare and whilst my body is trying to fight that the high arginine from the coconut water that induced the cold sores was just too much for my body to cope with. Now I'm just trying to find a chemical free washing powder or liquid to wash my underwear in. I have found recipes to make my own but they all seem to require sodium cocoa which is coconut derivative so needless to say I'm worried about trying that.
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