What is considered a flare up?

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I seem to be experiencing itching on and off. Always around the same area. It can change throughout the day from me feeling relatively comfortable down below to then feeling itchy. I don't scratch it as I find even the slightest touch exacerbates the itch further.

Would this be considered a flare up? Or is a flare up more severe in the sense that the itch doesn't stop, wakes you up at night and the skin appears red?

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    Get some 98% to 100% aloe vera gel to help with the itch...scratching is harmful and does make it worse.  Also, it will only get worse if you don't begin to address it immediately. Spray with witch hazel or the one or two pinches of bicarbonate of soda in an 8 oz. bottle of water.  Dab dry and apply about 1/4 teaspoon or more if needed to the area several times per day. It will help immensely.
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      The Manuka honey at night time also helps.  It is expensive, so purchase a very small jar of 15% or higher for the medicinal benefits. Use a cotton swab to dip a small amount out. Apply to the affected area and wear a pair of cotton panties to bed.
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      Hi

      Will the aloe Vera gel help with red patches of soreness especially around the anus edges? I feel I need a moisturiser as the skin around that area feels dry but sore.

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      Aloe Vera gel is a moisturizer...plus is healing. I find this better than the coconut oil...but some also swear by that.  So if one doesn't do the trick...try the other.  Both have healing properties, are natural and safe.
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    The itch is active LS. Have you tried soaking in a warm bath with 1/3 cup baking soda? Soothing. And I would do an extra day of clob if you've been down to twice a week.
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    A flare up is when the ls is active.  Itching, soreness, tearing, splits, are generally considered flare ups.  My itching was worse at night but I think this maybe that you have nothing else to take your mind of the itching.  Listen to Dr Goldsteins webinair of the first pinned post on this forum which will give you lots of information about this condition if you haven't already.  Good luck.  The most important thing is to moisurise with whatever suits you, Epaderm, coconut oil, aloe vera, to stop the drying which seems to preceed the condition flaring.
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