11:04 pm - 04/03/2009

Pad Rash??

After missing two BC pills in a row, I started getting a heavy, dark period.  I usually use tampons, but since I thought this would go away soon, seeing as it wasn't my "actual" period, I just threw on one of those industrial overnight pads (you know the ones that are real long?). Anyway, I went about my day running errands, being busy and didn't change it.  Stupid me even went to bed with it.  The next morning, it felt very uncomfortable and "scrunched" up near the butt area. Like, the fabric inside the pad clumped together. I changed it and put in another overnight pad.  At the end of the day I started feeling very uncomfortable down there. I switched back to a small pantyliner but still was uncomfortable.  It started to hurt when I walked, sat, and even wiped. Anyway, I grabbed a mirror and examined my lady bits to see what was up.  There is an area right around my anus on the cheeks that is red and puffy.  Also, half my labia majora (the lower half) is also red and puffy.  Near the edge of this red area on my cheeks, it looks and feels scabby.
Has this happened to anyone before? Is this JUST a rash caused from my overused pad? Are there any at-home remedies I can use to help ease the pain? At what point should I see a doctor, or should I even worry about seeing a doctor??
I'm sorry if this post was confusing, it's difficult for me to describe stuff like this.  Thanks for any help and advice!!
necromance 4th-Apr-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I know I have to alternate between pads and tampons because tampons scrape up the inside and pads the outside.

This is a silly question, but I'll ask just to make sure: Have you washed or taken a shower? Depending on if you use scented pads or not there could be some chemicals in the pad itself that cause the rash.

Also, I have gotten some pretty wicked "diaper" rash or heat rash from using pads. So it could be that, too. I'd say if the rash doesn't go away or get better in about a week, then go to a doctor. Until then just keep it clean and dry. Blow drying the area after you get out of the shower helps too.
kylneve 4th-Apr-2009 03:42 am (UTC)
I have taken several showers since it started bothering me, making sure to use my hand to clean the area instead of my usual shower sponge (don't want to irritate it anymore!).
And I've made sure to always stay away from scented anything.
I never heard of blow drying lady bits. Is it...safe?
queensugar 4th-Apr-2009 03:45 am (UTC)
Sounds like a pad rash to me. I can't wear pads (and haven't since I was a relatively young teen) because even coming near one gives me the same sort of rash.

I don't think it's necessary to see a doctor unless it continues to get worse or develops some other symptoms after you stop using pads; I doubt it will. Just keep it dry, treat it well, and avoid a pad or pantiliner.
e_n_t_i_t_y 12th-Oct-2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
What do you do, since you can't use pads? I started using cloth pads, but they still seem to be giving me rashes and I don't like it. I don't like tampons that much either... do you have any miraculous ideas?
vdoeschallenge 4th-Apr-2009 03:53 am (UTC)
This happens to me especially towards the end of my period when I wear the same pad longer. It usually goes away in a few days.
hilikme 4th-Apr-2009 04:23 am (UTC)
Like some of the other posters, I always experienced the same thing from pads back when I used them (non scented ones even). Mine also only took a few days to go away, making sure to keep the area clean and dry really helped
tanyaface 4th-Apr-2009 04:31 am (UTC)
penaten cream!
misledyouth00 4th-Apr-2009 04:55 am (UTC)

i thought it was herpes for 2 days.
i didn't do any at home things because i was scared of the herp so i don't know about solving it at home. i went to the dr. asap who gave me cream for the itch and medicine for the vagsadness which cleared it up within 2 days.
for the itch, i'd take a bath with baking soda as that always seems to take away itches for me.

in the future, i'd go with the cup if i were you. i've had horrible bleeding on that and never had a problem like this again.
serena2222 22nd-Mar-2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
Were yours open sores like herpes or bumps? I'm having the same problem right now after using pads for the first time in years. It's an open sore but there's no way it can be herpes.. could it be a diaper rash?
fourfootedthing 4th-Apr-2009 07:40 am (UTC)
i'm in australia. here you can get this stuff called 3B cream (that's a brand-name) that is designed for chaffing. it really calms the area, stops the irritation and the pain. i'm sure wherever you are, there will be an equiv. product available in a pharmacy. just check with the pharmacist that it's okay to use on 'sensitive' areas, but it's sort of what it's designed for so it should be fine. also try to keep the area dry, and wear cotton/natural fibre underwear for a while just to help it breathe, stay dry and heal. depending on how you feel about medication, you could try taking an aspirin or ibuprofen tablet, they're anti-inflammatories and might help to ease things a little bit. also - something cold might soothe it - maybe sit with your underwear on on an ice-pack wrapped in a towel or whatever, might help, again, with calming the irritation and take away some of the discomfort for a while.

i can't say if your reaction was too the deoderants/etc in the pad, or was simply a reaction to the texture and having something damp there chaffing you for a while. i have made the switch to cloth pads, i'm not sure how you feel about those (they're not disposable so you have to launder them and some people don't like the idea of that), but i've had no chaffing/rash issues with them. i've bought from a number of sellers, and i've made my own. here are some pictures of what i'm talking about:


not advocating any particular seller, but if you're interested comment back and i'll give you the names of some communities where you can find out more. in your situation, i'd have a few on the side for days when you do want to wear them to catch spot-bleeding or whatever.

- kat :)
licoricesnocone 4th-Apr-2009 11:54 am (UTC)
I just want to add that you may want to avoid using scented soaps in the area until it feels better. The perfume could irritate the rash even more.
nightchild01 4th-Apr-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I can't wear pads because they give me a really bad rash. I could never use tampons, either, so before I discovered menstrual cups, I just used pads and dealt with the pad rash. I found moisturizing and just trying to keep the area from getting too sweaty helped it go away more quickly.
nightchild01 4th-Apr-2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
Obviously I was careful to keep the moisturizer away from my vagina and inner vulva. I'd only put it on the larger, outter labia.
mightyj 4th-Apr-2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
A few years ago I developed an allergy to pads and my labia become very irritated if I use them. I don't know if it was because the way they are manufactured or because my body just decided it had had enough. I switched to reusable cloth pads.
moropus 4th-Apr-2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I had to switch to cloth padsand stop using tampons also because the current super absorbant stuff they are made of irritates me. I think you should try cloth pads, Instead or cups.

They make creams for when that area is irritated. Try one for a few days.
lougolas 4th-Apr-2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
That happened to me every period until I discovered cups - it would go away a few days after my period ended. Maybe some nappy/diaper rash cream would help?
cuteapple 4th-Apr-2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Seconding baby rash cream. Babies get the same thing. It's super cheap and easy.
dalyax 5th-Apr-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
You are probably having a reaction to disposable menstrual products..

I suggest you join cloth_pads and visit http://clothpads.org/


I had a similar problem like this and so did my sister. I was curious about cloth pads so I brought a couple and loved them :)

There is also the INGENIOUS, Menstrual Cup!! And while you are wearing the Menstrual Cup you can wear some cloth pad liners =O
sandi1743 5th-Apr-2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
check out your local co-op or whole foods as they have all natural non-bleached menstrual products. also, have you considered a collection cup (moon cup, diva, instead)? I cannot use brands like always or kotex anymore as i am allergic to something in them and develop this issue when i use them. There are also cloth pads to be considered.
A wash of Apple cider vin diluted with water and applied to the area of which hazel (like what you find in tucks pads) is what my GYN and MW recommends. You can also put an ice pack on the area (just not ice directly on the area with a towel or something - getting frost bite would not help!)
good luck as i really do understand your pain!
Rebecca Harris Allergy help26th-Feb-2016 09:44 am (UTC)
Do you know what you're allergic to? In the past 8 months I have developed allergies to 4 different foods. And just last weekend I used latex gloves and both hands swelled up and welted. So I thought I was allergic to latex but I have no problem with band aids, and today I used the same brand of pad I always do just a different form and I have a burning and itching rash that is painful no matter what I do. I'm going to an allergist but we need a direction to look it.
confusedcass rash from pads18th-Mar-2010 07:31 am (UTC)
hi i have the same thing at the moment and i also thought it was herpes but thats highly unlikely since i have not had sex for 4 or 5 months and this has only come up recently. i have my periods and use pads and the rash will not go away. i put paw paw cream on it and it seemed to calm it a little but are there any brands of gentle or sensitive pads? also i cannot use tampons because i get Toxic Shock Syndrome(TSS). so thats not an option and the cup and cloth pads dont appeal to me very much.
meels9 Re: rash from pads2nd-Aug-2011 09:46 am (UTC)
I used to use plain non-scented pads and got rashes from them all the time. Now I use aloe-vera pads, they work really well because the aloe vera soothes the area but you must make sure you are still changing regularly as all things, it depends on what you're comfortable with and different things work differently on different people.
josi1021 15th-Jan-2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
i think i'm having the same problem. well not to be gross but i think i have a pad rash? im not a 100% sure. I wore my pad for a whole day and night because i didn't have anymore and i was in a camping trip. The next day i notice a rash of itchy bumps. it was mostly on the vagina lips and some of those bumps in my butt cheeks. The itch has went away because i rubbed rubbing alcohol but the bumps still look they are there. i did also scratched the rash a lot before i started putting alcohol on it. what can i do to make the bumps go away? its been 4 or 5 days since the rash started.
someone help please!:/
Anddy Meantal 21st-Aug-2015 06:18 am (UTC)
I have the same issues right now, I had a baby 2moths ago and I have a really bad irritated lower area but not on my buttox just my vaginal area, and it burns and hurts a lot, this has been going on for a week or two now, do you think I should go to the doctors?
Emma Satterlee 14th-Dec-2015 03:43 am (UTC)
I get pad rash. This sounds a lot like it. Get some ice(not directly to skin) and I've for 15-20 min. Aloe Vera plant helps a lot. Keep it dry and mousturize the area, if it doesn't go away in 3-5 days see a doctor as it could be a more serious complication
mintmatcha 17th-Jun-2017 03:16 am (UTC)
I tried this napkin called sisters last month may and i got rashes and it is now june 17 still the rashes did not go away, its itchy at time but not severe. Also this month on my period tried using another pads but i noticed my left labia majora is swollen and it has like a sore where theres blood and pus coming out i know its gross saying this but i need help. Is this still an allergic reaction from the pads or it got irritated? Has anyone experienced this? Im a virgin by the way
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