12:40 pm - 08/04/2008

Itching in pubic hair area

If anyone can help it would be appreciated. In say the last week I have had a lot of itching in the area of my pubic hair. It drives me crazy and is very hard to ignore. I asked my husband to have a look down there (since it is a bit hard for me right now being about 5 months pregnant) and he said that it looked a bit like a rash.

It had come to my mind about crabs, but 1) I shave and 2) he couldn't see anything like that there.

I don't think it is ingrown hairs from shaving. I have shaved for years now, and I have not changed my method of shaving at all. I do sometimes get 2 or 3 ingrown hairs, but the itch seems more intense and covers a larger area. Also, the itch related to ingrown hairs from shaving doesn't normally last as long as this.

I have changed the brand of soap that I am using for showers, but I have used this brand before without any problems, and I think I changed the soap a good 2 or 3 weeks before the itching started.

I do wonder if it might be pregnancy related, but this is my 5th pregnancy and although I understand that each pregnancy is different, I have not experienced this before. It also seems weird to me that the itching would be confined to this area if it related to the pregnancy.

So, please, advice on both what could be causing this and also particularly what can be done to relieve the itch would be great. TIA
crazygirl33087 4th-Aug-2008 05:00 am (UTC)
maybe you nicked yourself? when was the last time you shaved?
jameelah 4th-Aug-2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Last time I shaved would probably be a week and a half to 2 weeks ago. I think I normally shave about every 3 weeks.
otherrootbeer 4th-Aug-2008 05:11 am (UTC)
A rash often accompanies a Yeast Infection... so maybe that's a possibility?

Also, if the climate has changed lately and your skin has become dry, that might be to blame. I know I experience itching on my legs because the skin there becomes dry.

For some reason, when I got henna once, the rash was pretty well confined to my pubic area even though the henna was on my hand. I've no idea why this was, but if you've had anything you're not used to having recently, that might contribute.
otherrootbeer 4th-Aug-2008 05:12 am (UTC)
Oh, possibly your razor was a bit dull and it made the skin irritated?
jameelah 4th-Aug-2008 06:28 am (UTC)
Well, I do have a YI that I have yet to treat. I really didn't expect that to be the cause though since most of the itch is right up at the top of the hair line, and the least itchy spot is nearest to my vag (in fact I don't think it's itchy at all there). Perhaps I should treat that YI and maybe even put some topical broad spectrum anti-fungal cream in that area.

It is winter here and my hands are certainly more dry than usual. My husband didn't see any dry or flaky skin though. It really seems like more of a rash.

I don't think I have done anything differently. I am not wearing any new clothes, I am using the same laundry powder. The only thing differnt that I can think of is my large consumption of spinach (due to crazy cravings).

Thanks for your reply too by the way.
carli410 4th-Aug-2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
Just as a note, even though you aren't using any new product, sometimes the craziness of hormones will make you more sensative to your normal products. This can happen at any time, I recently became horribly allergic to my shampoo, but even more so during pregnancy.
arularia 4th-Aug-2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
Ditto this. Allergic reactions can, and do, happen suddenly and without warning even when you've used the product for years. (That's why hair dye instructions have all those warnings about patch testing before actually dying your hair. :3 )

That's how I developed my allergy to benzoyl peroxide. I'd been using it for years to control my acne and then, all of a sudden, I started getting big patches of red, feverish skin on my cheeks. I went awhile without using the benzoyl peroxide and then tried it again one day and then BAM! those awful red patches were back. Since then I've avoided the product and had much fewer problems.
lifeofsomekind 4th-Aug-2008 08:55 am (UTC)
i swear by white dove soap for sensitive skin. and cocoa butter lotion. EVERYWHERE.

maybe its dry?
jenn_possible 4th-Aug-2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
lol Dove makes my vagina BURN. Isn't that weird?

I use the St. Ives oatmeal stuff.
dystocia 4th-Aug-2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
me too actually, wow, glad i'm not the only one!
lifeofsomekind 5th-Aug-2008 01:24 am (UTC)
i remember that when i was younger (like 6 or 7) i used to shower with my mom sometimes. she used the pink dove soap and it burned me. it doesnt burn me now... but i still swear with the white one for sensitive skin.

st.ives sounds good too.

whatever works best!
ticklemepiink 4th-Aug-2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Heyyy! So I'm not positive WHAT exactly it is, but I wanted to tell you that you're not alone and that I get it too! It does often look a bit like a rash, and itches like hell sometimes! I shave as well and I'm wondering if it's dry skin from shaving?
jameelah 6th-Aug-2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. Who knows, but I really don't feel that it is dryness causing this.
tornattheelbo 4th-Aug-2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
when my belly started growing a lot during pregnancy, it drove me MAD with itchiness, some of it located just on the top part of my pubic mound. Nothing helped it whatsoever, except scratching it mercilessly. I tried topical creams that were supposed to stop itching, but i have a feeling that because the tissues were stretching that it was a waaay deeper itch than topical creams could have fixed.

It could just look rashy because you've been clawing it?
jameelah 6th-Aug-2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. A stretching belly certainly can cause a lot of itchiness. I found though, that I didn't get a great deal of itchiness until very late in the pregnancy after my first because everything was already stretched out. I just had to stretch a bit further to fit a bigger baby in at the end of the next pregnancies. Thanks for the thought anyway.
dayglow 4th-Aug-2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
I also wonder if it looks like a rash just because you've been scratching a lot.

I've been shaving for years now (on a daily or every-other-day basis, I must have skin of steel or something cause I have very little irritation) but a few months ago the part where the hair grows in on my mons just itched. And itched. And itched. Furiously!!! After about a month of that, I just said 'screw this' and let my pubes grow out in case that was the problem. I much prefer being shaved so I only kept it that way for about a month, but ever since I shaved it all off again I haven't had any abnormal itchies.

So uh, I dunno if that's any help to you, but at least you're not alone, right? :)
jameelah 6th-Aug-2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Glad I'm not alone.
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