11:24 pm - 09/24/2017

Sunburnt vagina - Do I need to be worried?

Okay so I know this sounds bizarre but please help
I was tanning outside (where no one could see me) and I had my legs spread open
It wasn't more than about 30 mins total, and it wasn't consecutive. (I went inside every 10 mins or so)

I don't want to get skin cancer or something. I was also tanning yesterday and it was exposed but it doesn't hurt like it does today.

I didn't think it through. I don't know what I was thinking. But it felt good at the time.

I put ice on it for a while. I hope it will go away soon. This is really embarrassing. I thought it would be good to expose my entire body to sunlight but now I'm thinking maybe that sensitive area was not meant to see sunlight. I had my legs spread open really wide too :(

Is half an hour really that bad? I obviously won't do it again but do I need to worry or go to the doc? Please tell me this is no big deal. I tend to worry a lot. Thanks for your help.
archangelbeth 26th-Sep-2017 01:13 am (UTC)
Well, if it hurts, it's probably a sunburn, yeah. If it's only the one, then the odds of getting skin cancer in the area are probably not much heightened, but you might want to put it in your medical records in case you get any weird symptoms with the inner labia and such -- years and probably decades down the line, when you'd have forgotten about this.

Obviously, don't smear anything on the area that's only meant for regular skin, not mucous membranes, but I believe aloe vera might be okay if you have a plant or an ointment that is free of other chemical additives. Coconut oil might be soothing, and it's fine. Ice is also okay if you are careful not to use it directly on the area -- the ice can melt-freeze to the tissues and then you'd have sunburn and possibly frostbite and... just no. Let's not. ;_;

An ibuprofen might help with the discomfort.

If it lasts longer than a regular sunburn would, or you get tissue peeling off/blistering, then yes, go to the doctor. Otherwise you're probably okay with home remedies.

Hope you feel better soon! (And yeah, don't expose your mucous membranes to the sun. They aren't really set up for that unless you naturally have a lot of melanin there, and even then, it's probably not a good idea.)
helenkacan 26th-Sep-2017 02:39 am (UTC)
Hi. I'm here to tell you how to use an ice-pack carefully. Actually, I've never used ice because it'll melt so quickly and can be messy, but I use a bag of frozen veggies that can be refrozen (just make sure you keep it separate and never try to eat it). I've had several eye operations (so, a very delicate part of the body). The rule to follow is FIVE MINUTES ONLY EVERY HOUR. Also, an anti-inflammatory pain killer like ibuprofen (NOT acetaminophen aka Tylenol) will help with the pain and discomfort.

If you need extra soothing and cooling when you're not using ice, you can soak a washcloth in cold water, wring it out, then press it against your vulva.

Good luck.
matthewsmithbnp Try aloe vera13th-Oct-2017 01:44 am (UTC)
Maybe you should put some aloe vera on your sunburn, as it is known to make skin feel refresh
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