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. :(