Red sore vulva - no STI, BV or thrush

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Hello everyone,

So out of no where, I get sudden vulva flare ups which turns my entire vulva red and also affects the entrance to my vagina. This can be a little itchy but mostly it's just so sore. I'd describe the feeling as my vulva is red raw - almost dry and aggravated with constant friction. However, it isn't dry at all and, to help it, I have to walk around my house with no pants on to relieve the feeling so there's no friction in this instance either. My discharge is normal, there is no problem inside my vagina, my doctor has tested me for chlamydia and gonorrhoea as well as BV, thrush and trichomonas vaginitis - all results are clear. I am also extremely conscious about any soaps and laundry detergents that I use so I only use 'vagina friendly' products.

These flare ups always seem to happen if I'm stressed or anxious (first time I was moving house and jobs, second flare up was after having done some interviews). But I wouldn't describe these situations as being SUPER stressful (at least not bad enough that it would affect my health). Now, even the littlest bit of stress leads to my vulva getting extremely sore and red. WHAT IS HAPPENING!?

It's starting to affect my life now....my flare ups last a couple of weeks and I haven't managed to find anything that makes them feel better. All I do is I have to wear loose clothes and touch it as little as possible and eventually it seems to calm down (but will come back later again!!).

Does anybody know what it could be? And does anyone have any similar experience and could recommend treatments that help relieve the symptoms?

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    Was the doctor who gave you all those tests a gynecologist? What was his/her diagnosis? Were you prescribed anything to at least soothe it? Last question, are you old enough to be menopausal? If the doctor had no theories and was not a gyn I'd definitely see one, preferably a vulval skin specialist or a dermatologist who can give a knowledgeable diagnosis. Stress makes everything worse and if you have a ailment that is making you uncomfortable that just causes more of it. Best to see a specialist. Good luck. Let us know what you find out.

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    hi Catherine I have the same problem but I am 11 years post menopausal now and am dealing with pfd which causes all the same symptoms ...my flares can last for weeks and feel like they will never end yet all my tests come back completely normal I find ice packs really help me when the burning sensations are bad

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    have a look at your diet, any changes there, or consider a possible build up of a certain food type, eg dairy that creates an acid environment. consider also a diet test of , say, the 5:2 diet for 5 days. an alkaline env might give you some relief

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    I am 22 and this is first time ive ever experienced gyno problems. The doctor that prescribed me all the tests was just my GP however ive seen 3 gynocologists now and all of them say everything looks normal!! Im sensitive to a lot of things anyway so most of the soothing creams just irritate it more! The best relief I can get is from using frozen peas as like a mini icepack for down there...i just want to know what it is so i can best control it

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    Catherine only 22! Don't know if it would help you but I use ALOE GEL with TEA TREE in. Comes in a tube and is very cooling. slight sting for the first min but then it has given me great help from similar menopausal symptoms.

    I get it from the best know high street health shop, here in UK.

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