4:50 am - 10/25/2010

itchy bumps on outer labia

I am on the verge of crying yet again because this thing is not going away and I have been really uncomfortable for maybe 4-5 days?

basically I have bumps on one side of my outer labia, in the hair. they are both painful and itchy. unfortunately I'm a big girl so it's hard for me to get a good look at what's going on down there. my husband has looked and says they look like pimples to him, but from what I've been able to glimpse with a hand-held mirror and a camera they almost seem more like hives (the skin looks raised but unbroken). they're very red.

two days ago now I realised I'd been using a scented clothing detergent when I usually buy detergent free of scents or dyes. I was so sure I was having an allergic reaction, so I bought some of the soap I usually use and washed all the clothes that would have contact w/ that part of my body. however, the bumps have not gone away and in fact seem to be spreading slightly -- they've moved down past the hairline, toward the inner labia; farther back toward my bottom, etc. still confined to only one side though. they've also itched more, for the past 48 hours or so (in the beginning they barely itched at all and were more painful, like zits under the skin). they're still painful to touch.

I've tried aloe (directly from the plant), Aveeno lotion, ointment, and a couple Aveeno colloidal oatmeal baths, but none of that has helped beyond providing temporary relief.

I am sexually active, but neither my husband or myself had partners before we were married, so it can't be something sexually transmitted.

I would just go right to a doctor at this point, but I have no health insurance and no employment, so if this is something that I can take care of without a visit to the doctor that would be ideal. please help. :(
jujustars 25th-Oct-2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
It could possibly be an external yeast infection from what you described. I wouldn't be throwing so many things on it, that might be what made it spread.

You could try an antifungal cream (or just buy a yeast treatment cream) or try some more natural treatments like apple cider vinegar (diluted to about 70% water or it can burn), plain probiotic yogurt, garlic, tea tree oil.
glitterdemon 25th-Oct-2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
thank you! the stuff I've put on it was mostly in the beginning before I realised it wasn't helping, so yesterday it was just the baths.

I had considered a yeast infection but I've had them before and never had bumps and I don't remember it ever being specific to one area. still, I'll try treating for that and see if it helps.
jennifer0246 25th-Oct-2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
hives can definitely get worse before they get better, even after you've theoretically eliminated the allergen.

i would take an oral anti-histamine (benadryl, claritin, zyrtec) at this point, use cool compresses on the area, and reassess later today (or after doing those things). if its better, great! keep up those things. if its unchanged, i would consider treating for external yeast, using an over-the-counter monistat treatment primarily externally, as that's where you're symptomatic. if its significantly worse, or worsens after application of the monistat cream, i would really recommend professional evaluation. is there a planned parenthood near you?
glitterdemon 25th-Oct-2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
thank you! that's reassuring to know, about the hives. I have taken a few antihistamine pills (just for hay fever) and haven't noticed it making much of a difference, but I've also being throwing some heat at it, which in retrospect probably wasn't that smart. sigh.

I will defs see a pro if it gets worse (or doesn't get better). there is a PP near me and I get my BC from them, but I'm hoping to avoid it as they tend to make me feel very unwelcome there. it might be my best option though.
eunicemcgee 25th-Oct-2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
I'm also wondering if this might be herpes? If you receive oral sex from your husband, it might be a possibility (a lot of people acquire oral herpes when they're kids, so it's not a matter of infidelity). At the very least though, it seems like there are enough possibilities for what's going on, that it really will be best if you can get a professional opinion. It makes me so sad to hear when health establishments make their patients feel unwelcome, but I wish you good luck if you go the PP route.
ripcurled 25th-Oct-2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Could be scabies. They do like that area
akawho 29th-Nov-2010 07:37 am (UTC)
The fact that the rash is painful and confined to only one side makes me think that it might be "shingles". Anyone who has ever the the chicken pox is susceptible to this. The rash follows along a nerve and its branches which is why it's confined to one side.
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