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For 7 months I've had constant vulval burning and soreness. At first thought it was UTI or thrush, was treated for both with no improvement. GP said it looked like eczema around urethra/vestibule and prescribed betnovate as general HC cream hadn't worked. Seemed to have a bad reaction to steroid cream (stretch marks, extreme thinning of skin, swelling so bad a small tampon wouldn't fit, more severe burning + redness)so went to GUM clinic. They prescribed nizoral for potential seb derm and then lidocaine gel which numbed me for about 10 minutes then made the burning worse. After this I was referred to a gynae consultant. She said it looked like a typical eczema case and confirmed a reaction to steroid cream so prescribed estriol to use every night for 2 weeks to thicken the skin. Result: MORE BURNING AND SWELLING after about 5 days so I had to stop use. Seem to have had the same reaction to the cream as steroid cream?? I've been tested for food allergies which have come back clear, all STI and thrush/BV tests have repeatedly come back clear. Saw the GP today who refused to prescribe me oestrogen in any other form as that would be HRT and I'm only 23. I have been washing my hair over the bath for months, washing with Dermol, sleeping without underwear and wearing loose fitting clothing since it started but can't find a trigger. It's driving me insane I can't even sit at work!! The drs are at a loss as to what could be causing it and what would help without a biopsy which they won't do. Vulvodynia was mentioned but the consultant dismissed it after examination since she thought it looked like typical vulval eczema. I am sexually active but don't see my boyfriend that often and there is no correlation between when we have sex and the burning. I've tried condoms, no condoms, latex condoms and latex free condoms so ruling them out. Just to add, the burning subsides during my period and then starts up again after but drs have dismissed this since the pill hasn't helped it!!
Any suggestions would be great because it's driving me insane!
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