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rekling
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hi folks.
i have a question, or rather, a request for recommendations:

i'm currently having an semi-allergic reaction to a variety of things (or rather, a combination of things) which has lead to some red and sore vulvar tissue.
what do people recommend using as a soothing agent on lightly irritated skin?
lotion seemed like a bad idea....what would be good on sensitive skin? any all-natural ideas?

and i hope this was the appropriate place to post this!

love and no more antibiotics for me for quite some time!
-rek


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Aloe. Just break a piece off the plant and apply where ever needed. It's very gentle and very soothing.

If you don't happen to have a plant they are inexpensive and available anywhere from greenhouses to chain stores to malls. Easy to care for too. They are sensitive to extreme cold though so attempting to grow one in my car during 30 degree weather wasn't such a successful venture.

Good luck!


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rekling
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grr. my aloe plant is 500 miles away...and of course "out of sight out of mind"--- if it was sitting here, i probably would have remembered that...somehow, though, i think trying to take an aloe plant on an airplane would have a) raised some suspicion and b) displeased my aloe plant.

i guess i'll be off to find a new one tomorrow
i'm also planning to call my doctor, as this has gone on for a few days, and i'm willing to at least go there and hear what they have to say (i have a lot of issues with the way my doctor treats sexual and reproductive health issues, but due to living in several places, i don't yet have a gynocologist).

thanks again!

missin' my as-of-yet-unnamed-aloe-plant-which-is-probably-dehydrated-and/or-frozen-by-now...
-rek


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I'm fond of nice long soaks in a warm bath. Soothing to sore bits, and relaxing to the rest of me too. Just don't put anything in the water!

Oh, and you can buy aloe vera gel at health food stores, and probably other places too. Excellent for people like me, who can't keep plants alive for more than a few minutes.

Kyth

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eep! some people are allergic to pure aloe gel.

i broke off an aloe leaf and rubbed its juices on my sister's sunburned back one time, and she erupted in a violent rash. if you are like her, then bob-help-you if you ever get a rash like that on your private parts!

you might want to ask your doc about this, but maybe something really gentle like Cetaphil could soothe things if used in tiny amounts. However, definitely you need to be wearing cotton panties. don't let the area stay damp.

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You can put aloe on your genital area? I didn't know that. My cousin used to put vaseline on her vulva (but incase anyone reads this and gets any ideas, do not use it during sex), but I would think that aloe would feel more soothing and cool on your genital area.

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rekling
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thanks kyth--
my luck with plants isn't *quite* that bad (lil aloe plant has been around for over 6 monthes now )...
luckily there's a healthfood store between the doctor and home.
the aloe helped *so* much. i did test it on my arm first, but i've used aloe on sunburn in the past and been fine so i didn't think it would be a huge problem.
as it were, the doctor *thinks* i could have a yeast infection, although she is also testing for bacteria (eek. i promised myself i wouldn't let that doctor run any tests ever again! oh well...it was too itchy and burny to wait), and so i'm not gonna get too experimental with what i stick around or in my vagina. (it appears that my prefered word, which starts with c and ends with t and has a un in the middle is not allowed on here? any reason why?)

love and soothing aloe relief
-rek


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Hey Rek,

A really easy, at-home indicator of excess yeast in the system:

Just spit into a clear glass of water - if you see a "curdling" effect, you probably have a yeast infection. While I can't use the creams (very, very ouchy) I've had great luck with Diflucan, which is an oral treatment.

Also, pick up some refrigerated Acidophilus, as it can be the most effective treatment for yeast infections.


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Ok, I had a yeast overgrowth and the dietitian reccommmended that I use this natural remedy called lipicol. You shold be able to get it in any health store or naturl remedy store. This was this grainy ricey sort of thing that you mix with water and drink back. It flushes out yeast in the system and introduces friendly basteria. For allergic reactions you're talking to the queen of sensitive skin, I'm one of those people who's allergic to anything containing aloe vera. Main tip, stay away from anything that contains lanolin, most sensitive skins react violently to this substance. Dairy is an issue also in a lot, but not all cases. I find that lavender oil and tea tree oil are very soothing. If, like me you have eczema, 5 drops of camomile mixed with a drop of milk and placed in a bath is a great help( mixing with milk goes for any oil you place in the bath, its just to get the oil to mix with the water)I wouldn't reccommend ice packs, as it usually makes the itchiness and redness way way worse as soon as the cooling effect subsides in about 5 seconds. If u are prone to allergic reactions then you should carry around a few anti-histamine tablets such as piriton, triludan or clarytin. I always carry them around in my wallet, in case of a severe reaction causing my tongue to swell. If u are persistently reacting to substances, get allergy tested. They are very surprising sometimes.

Note: Keyword when having a bath during irritation is LUKEWARM. I'll say it again, lukewarm!

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rekling
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oooh! what a neat diagnosis idea! i'll have to try that later! thanks! (wow, bit overexcited there.)

yeah, i've heard teatree oil as well...i'm starting with garlic...if that doesn't help, i'll invest in the more complicated herbal remedies

and for the next question (a quick response would be ideal): how do aloe and latex mix? or is vinyl my best bet till i've got all this cleared out of my system?

-rek


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-Jill
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Ooh, no sex involving your vulva is a good idea until you get this taken care of. Sex (and I'm talking all forms - penis-in-vagina, oral, manual) is likely to just make the area more irritated than it already is and you run the risk of sharing a possible infection with your partner.
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