11:55 am - 01/25/2010

Itchy, Painful Pubic Hair

Okay this is a really random question/rant.

Lately the skin on my mound, hidden underneath all that bushy hair, has started to itch like crazy. Not just itch, but really painfully itch. I touch the area and it just hurts, and moving the hair around just makes it worse. Seriously, I'm talking like a burning, oh god stop touching it pain.

Now I have nothing that looks out of the ordinary; no bumps of any kind, no infected looking follicles, no weird little things eating at my skin, no rash. The skin is red as all get out but I think that's mostly from me scratching it. It doesn't even seem to be flaking off like it's super dry or anything.

Thing is, I just shaved along my bikini line the week before. And it's fine and dandy. Not itchy, no problems whatsoever. But as soon as the hair starts it's like a war zone. And it can't be just itchiness of new hairs because I've never shaved my mound.

So I'm at a loss and am trying to combat it with moisturizers. It's not much better, but a little. My new problem is that I have so much damned hair that I can't easily get the lotion to the skin. Oil works a little better but the hair is still determined to keep everything away from the skin.

So kind of a two fold question set:

1) Has anyone else ever dealt with this insane itching? And more importantly the weird pain from moving the hair? Is there something I should be concerned about or is it likely just the winter skin from hell that I'm guessing it is?

2) Any tips for making it better? I'm tempted to shave everything off just so I can slather the skin, but I really don't want to deal with growing their hair back out and all the fun that entails. Any tips for keeping it from doing this again? I was going to try a baking soda paste to see if that helps tonight (since it works when I get pad rash).


EDIT: Lanacane is awesome, seriously. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. At least I found something to shut it up for more than five minutes.
mrar 25th-Jan-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
I'd exfoliate if I was you. I'd suspect it's a lot of dry skin getting caught around the base of your hairs. I would trim it with scissors to get to the skin easier and then exfoliate. I exfoliate by mixing a bit of sugar with a bit of skin-friendly oil (extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, etc) rubbing it on, and rinsing it off.

After that I would just let it be for a couple days, as doing too much to it can just further irritate the skin and perpetuate the cycle!
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
I've tried to exfoliate with my plastic loofah thingy but I'll try with the sugar scrub. Thanks!
archangelbeth 25th-Jan-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
My leg hair can get the skin all irritated and itchy/scratchy if the hair there gets long and is then pulled "against the grain" (I could not wear tights as a kid because they pulled the hair around and GAH!)... And since I've been trimming my nether-fur with a beard trimmer, if it gets too long I discover it is very itchy unless I clean there a bit more obsessively than is normally required.

So... Hrm. Maybe try trimming down significantly (but not shaving entirely, to avoid some re-growth issues) and trying the paste? If that doesn't work, perhaps consult a dermatologist?

Good luck!
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yeah! It's that against the grain feeling, but from every direction. And a lot worse than normal (usually I have the issue when my underwear has flattened the hair down and then I try and move it).

I'll try trimming down and see if that works. Hopefully this is a one time thing, I actually like having my obscenely long pubic hair. :D

archangelbeth 25th-Jan-2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
When my legfur is long, and pressed down by socks for a while... Yeah, every movement is "against the grain." Owie! Crossing fingers for you! (Heh. You remind me of the dream I had, that my netherfur had gotten so long, it was dreadlocks down to my ankles, and it spread out along my legs like a skirt... It was a weird dream.)
natane 25th-Jan-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
don't shave it. just buzz it short. that'll help with getting lotion in and such.
wonder if some hydrocortisone cream would help with the itchiness?
sounds like it sucks, though :(
airenwoodmoon 25th-Jan-2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
I've thought about the cream, but I don't have anything available to me right now at home except for the vagisil cream. (Trust me, it looked pretty good to me last night. XD ) That's why I wondered about the paste.

onsides 26th-Jan-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
I am having the same exact problem as you D:
I was given Balneol by a friend for the horrible itchiness today, I haven't tried it out yet but I'll let you know if it works :D
gfdfinco I had the same!!! Drop the dairy & gluten7th-Jul-2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, it is an insane itch! I couldn't even describe it, but as you mentioned, it hurt when the hair was moved, itched like the dickens.

See my post here, Jul 7 2015, on a similar "pubic itch" thread:

Hi ladies,

You have my sincerest empathy! I dealt with the exact same itch for about 2 years -- it was ruining my life! Various drs (OB/GYNs & derms) had no idea what it was, gave me steriods, antibiotics, antifungals. PC even gave me antidepressants, claiming it was a neurological "misfire" (what a bunch of BS). I have several biopsies, which returned "dermatitis" or "general inflammation". I tried vinegars, oatmeal, antibacterials & no soap at all. Nothing worked & I was miserable, scratching until I bled, thinking of nothing else but the terrible itch & what was happening to my skin down there.

Then, after a trip to the ER prompted an endoscopy/colonoscopy to investigate anemia, I received DX for Celiac Disease. My brilliant nutritionist told me I HAD to drop Gluten AND Dairy from my diet -- the body cannot process dairy properly if intestines are damaged from gluten consumption (and mine were).

Completely befuddled, I spoke to a woman in the Celiac community who described similar rash that she had prior to her Celiac DX. She was told it was a weird form of herpes. She said that after 6 months of Gluten & Dairy free living, the rash was GONE. I was inspired, and although 6 months seemed endless, it was far better than living with that horror in my groin for the rest of my life. I not only removed gluten & dairy from my food, but also from all personal care products, makeup, shampoo/body wash, lotions, dishwashing soaps, etc. If you put it ON your body, you are essentially putting it IN your body, so this is a vital piece of the committment.

6 months later, I realized one morning, OMG, it is GONE!!! YAY!!! Sing praises! Life changing - truly.

I have tempted fate 4 times in 2.5 years & tried dairy (twice as a real test, twice by mistake with items unknowingly cooked in butter). Every time, the rash returned. Luckily, it only took a few weeks for it to subside, but each time it is a slapping reminder that I need to be VERY CAREFUL to avoid all dairy products.

A long explanation & suggestion, but if I can save anyone the pain, itch, insanity, self-doubt, frustration, and all of the other negative strain this brings into someone's life, I would feel honored to have done so.

Best wishes to all of you gals -- there is hope!

Read more at VaginaPagina: http://vaginapagina.livejournal.com/13684663.html#ixzz3fEYtyUy7
gfdfinco Re: I had the same!!! Drop the dairy & gluten7th-Jul-2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to mention I had even tried leprosy medication, ice all day long (bags of frozen veggies in my pants), Benadryl & Advil all day/every day (that helped, but disastrous long-term), scalding myself with hot water. I actually considered for a moment after one of several biopsies that having my labia removed entirely might actually be the only solution - and I might have actually done it - the disfigurement would have been worth it if the itch & pain would subside. It practically ruined my intimate life with my husband.

For me, changing my lifestyle to GF & DF is worth every effort, and I don't miss those things a bit. When I do, all it takes is one tiny run-in with butter or cheese to remind me of how lucky I am to have finally found relief.
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