I'll start from the beginning. A couple weeks ago, I was walking through some very tall grass and ended up with a ton of chigger bites on my legs and lower torso, including a few along my bikini line on the right side. I tried hard not to scratch them, but I slipped up a few times. They began to clear up, but then, about a week ago, I accidentally irritated my bikini line again by shaving. I wound up with some shave bumps, but nothing too extreme.
Since then, I've been noticing a lot of irritation in that area. For one thing, it's itchy -- at times almost unbearably so -- and sometimes painful. At first, I thought that I'd just irritated the chigger bites by shaving, and that was keeping them from healing and going away like the others on my legs have. Now, though, I'm beginning to wonder if I may have a fungal infection, maybe something like a yeast infection on the skin?
Basically, my entire bikini line is itchy and irritated. A smaller section, however, is very red, itchy, painful, dry, and peeling. I still have some itchy and painful bumps, which, now that I think about it, might be something other than shave bumps.
I'm even more concerned now because, a few minutes ago, my boyfriend showed me that he has a couple small patches of dry, peeling skin on his shaft. He said that he's not experiencing any itching, though. Could we have the same thing? And if so, what exactly is it?
I have been putting hydrogen peroxide on the area today, but have not applied any anti-fungal creams. I also applied some Gold Bond lotion, which caused the area to burn a bit.
Any ideas, VPers? It's late and I'm sleepy, so feel free to ask for clarification if something doesn't make sense.
Also, any ideas on some home remedies for the itchiness, at least until I can get to a doctor? It's driving me up the wall!