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-arsyn-
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okay.. lol this is going to be a little graphic. but i'm really worried.

for maybe four or five days now i've had a lot of burning, itching, swelling and redness around my vaginal opening and urethra, and especially in between the flaps of skin that i guess are part of the clitoral hood? those, and all the way around the entry is dry and swollen. also the entire area around the clitoris looks different.. big and ugly and fleshy, and the edges look torn and are very tender. like somebody grabbed a hold of it and pulled as hard as they could! =(

oh, and this is going to sound wierd. but in the really red/painful area inside the two flaps of skin, it looks and feels like they are covered in long, "angry" bumps. like taste buds that are long and very very irritated. i don't know if that is normal. but it IS very painful. it doesn't hurt to pee except that it flows between the flaps of skin and over that area, and burns a little.

i don't know what to do except try to keep clean. i can't see a doctor until the 22nd when i am having my abortion and getting examined and whatnot.. is there anything i can do until then to ease the pain/swelling/itching, or possibly start clearing this up on my own? could this be an STI? and could 7 more days be too long to wait to get this checked out by a doctor.

[ 03-15-2006, 07:24 AM: Message edited by: -arsyn- ]

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Well, it's likely an infection of some kind, but it's hard to say which, especially considering you have had STI risks. Have you ever had a yeast infection before?

I really would suggest you see a doctor ASAP. But if that is absolutely impossible, here's what I'd do in the interim.

1) Stay in loose cotton clothing, including your underwear.
2) When you bathe and wash, be insanely gentle, and use only warm water: skip the soap, as it's only going to irritate you further.
3) Weird as this is going to sound, get yourself some plain, organic yogurt. Use it as a poultice: in other words, coat the tissue of your vulva, even inside your vagina, with a thin layer of it: that likely will help with the irritation and work a bit to get your bits back in balance. Twice a day, rinse it off with warm water.

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okay, thank you. no, i've never had a yeast infection before, that i know of, certainly never had anything like this happen! any feedback about the bumpy things?

with the yogurt, do you mean leave it on all day and rinse it off twice? or put it on for a few minutes and then rinse? (sorry if that seems like a stupid question, i've just never heard of anything like that before.)

also i'm worried about skipping the soap as that leaves me with a terrible smell haha. [Embarrassed]

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If you've got a foul smell if you don't wash it down there - and I mean foul like fishy, not like musky, because vaginas on their own DO smell - then that points even more towards an infection of some kind.

In any case, the smell shouldn't be an issue because with things being less than 100% down there, you'll be wanting to skip any sexual contact at all until you get it all cleared up.

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yes but what about the yogurt and bumpies? =(
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You can leave the yogurt on, just rinse it off and reapply twice a day. (Be warned: yogurt is soothing, but kinda messy.)

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thank you.

what about the bumps though! lol

has anybody heard of this or what..

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The thing is, we're not doctors. And even if we were, we couldn't give you a diagnosis over the net. So it wouldn't be helpful for people to start taking wild guesses [Smile] .

Miz S's suggestions are just to keep things more comfortable until the 22nd, if you really can't see a doctor before then.

I know it's worrying, but there are some things where only professional advice will do.

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haha okay. i was just wondering if that particular thing could mean it's an emergency or if it even sounds familiar to any one.
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this is a bit late but here's a tip on the yogurt thing:

Take a tampon and dip it into the yogurt so its got a nice coating on it, and then leave it in for an hour or so. Its really soothing if a little awkward

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Just be aware, if you do use a tampon, you cannot forget about it. While it may be OK for an hour, I wouldn't leave it in any longer (as an alternative, you may use a tampon to get the yogurt inside you vagina, but not leave the tampon in. Saves some unecessary risktaking, you know?)

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