Red & irritated

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I had what I thought was a yeast infection about 2 weeks ago, I treated it and it felt much better, but since then I have been red and a bit irritated at the opening to the vagina, although this is relieved/improved by using a sudocrem alternative. I'm a bit confused - I'm not sure if this is just some irritation or whether this is actually the LS. I've so far only had the odd itch and two very small white areas, no redness/raw feeling... Should I try the Dermovate on it? I've got an appointment with the specialist in October, but could really do with some advice in the meantime.

Thanks so much!

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    Hi Jenr if you can try and get some comfort without using the steroid until a confirmed diagnosis would be ideal.  If you start on the steroid straight away it can make LS hard to detect and return a negative biopsy result which adds to confusion as to what the problem really is!  Most good specialists will want to biopsy before starting the steroid.  Everyone is different I had no white patches or itching at all just a burn raw feeling and discovered that my labia minora were gone - which is classic of LS but then can be common in post menopausal women as well so it depends on a lot of factors.  This is a great site for help and I am sure the other women here will give you some good advice.  I would continue on with the cream you are using if it is helping or you could try coconut oil which helps a lot of others.  What ever you use test on a small area first.  I tried too many things at once and compounded my problems big time!  Stop all soaps down there and wear cotton underwear, keep dry and aired as much as possible.  Hope this has been helpful in the meantime. 
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      Thanks so much Jess. Unfortunately, I already have the LS diagnosis, my appt. in October is for a check-up. I'm tempted to keep going with the sudocrem alternative for a while longer and see how I get on. The thing I'm struggling with at the moment is just as I get one thing under control, something else pops up down there.... I'm hopeful that I will get better understanding of this after a while (I'm relatively newly diagnosed) and stop panicking every time, but in the meantime this forum is such a help.

      I read alot of posts here but don't feel 'experienced' enough yet to really offer any advice, so thanks to everyone who does!

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    Jenr, I think I would try to avoid the Clob at this stage, as you can always use it if things become worse.  You could try bathing in salt water two or three times a day, remembering to dry well,  and then maybe apply a tiny  bit of vaseline, hardly any.   When I had a sore area a few months ago I used the  Clob once and it got worse! and so I switched to frequent bathing and trying to keep the area dry, which worked well for me at the time, maybe you could try that. I also stopped wearing underwear as well. I think with sore areas too much creams/oils aggravate the problem, its getting the right balance.
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      Thanks Guppy! I'm going to stay away from the Clob for the time being in that area and ease up on the other stuff, just to see. Did that last night, and no adverse effects this morning. I sometimes wonder if all the prodding and rubbing etc. isn't a problem in itself... 

      I still don't feel on top of this. As I said in my original post, I have two small white thickenings, and discovered another small one yesterday whilst prodding the red bit.. feeling a bit upset about that sad Does this mean that I am experiencing a flare-up do you think? I'm not even sure what that is to be honest. No itching for the moment, that was on another bit of normal (i.e. no white thick bits) skin but is now "under control".. so I'm now dealing with the three (sad) small thick bits with the Clob and hoping that they will improve... in fact, the two original bits had improved a bit with the Clob (I've been using it for 3 weeks daily), but have since "flared" a little, possibly coinciding with the irritation and my subsequent treatment of it (with everything in the bathroom cabinet).

      So sorry for all the questions - I'm completely in the dark with this for the time being - and thanks again for all the advice and support.

       

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      Hello jenr...Sometimes less is better..

      Leave offusing too many treatments and try a simple natural approach.

      If you have something to sit in and soak the genital area eg. a portable bidet is ideal.

      Make a solution of sea salt diluted in water ( approx. 1 heaped tablespoon to 5 pints water) comfortable enough to soak in for 20mins.

      Must be sea salt not table salt (too much sodium chloride)

      This will reduce inflammation and help fight off yeast infections.

       

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      Thanks Norma, I really appreciate the advice. I will certainly give that a try!

       

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