I have this intense itch on the side of the lips (kinda on the hair line) especially at the top where the two lips meet. I thought maybe it was the shaving or the hair removal cream I was using but even after stopping the itch continues. I also have alot of white vaginal discharge but never colored or smelly. After washing (intensly) or scratching little cuts appear like scratches. Almond oil has helped with the irritation over the past few days but it's obvious that if I stop the oil it will come back. I think I saw little red bumps yesterday but again beneath the hair not on the ''inside'' of the lips???? My Dr. recently retired and I don't have another. I was tested for std's and yeast infections less than 2 months ago and everything was negative but the problem persists and is quite infuriating. Just in case I will add that I had and abortion in May.
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What you have is very unlikely an STD. It is most likely a dermatitis or minor skin infection. Dermatitis is the most likely cause. You may be having a reaction to something in the environment that is damaging and inflaming your skin. Take a look at any potential irritant (soaps, dyes, shampoos, lotions, condoms, spermicides) and get rid of them. Use an over the counter topical steroid cream or ointment (like hydrocortisione 1 or 2% available without a prescription in the US) until the itching goes away for several days, then coat the area daily with vaseline or desitin to help the skin continue to heal for about two weeks. If you are no better doing this, see a new physician and tell him all of your symptoms and what you have tried. It may be a skin yeast infection and needs a prescription.
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Thanks for your reply.
My doctor did prescribe pms-DESONIDE cream 0.05% (I am in Canada no the US) which is a topical anti-inflammatory steroid cream, if this is what you meant....didn't not help actually burned a little too. To be frank, the almond oil did more for me. And also, are there different types of yeast infections???
Also, if I'm on here it's cause I have NO access to another MD.
Creams are alcohol based and can burn when you first use them. Ointments are petroleum based and do not irritate the skin. Your doctor must have thought it was a dermatitis but since you did not respond to the steroids at all it may be a yeast infection of the skin (very different from vaginal yeast infection). There is a medicine called Kenalog II here in the US that has a anti-fungal (anti-yeast) and steroid together that may be just what you need.
If this MD is your only hope, just march back in there and tell him/her exactly what you are telling me. What he gave you is not working and you need to know why and to give you something different to help you. Mention the medicine I told you. The almond oil is acting as a barrier (like Vaseline or Desitin) to keep the injured skin protected. Hang in there!!!!
Again, I have no more MD...she retired.
My file has yet to be passed on to someone else (about a 8-12 month waiting period) and this is not an emergency room case. They tell you to deal with a family doctor which again I CAN'T GET! my situation is quite frustrating and kind of a vicious circle. I will however ask my pharmacist for something for a skin yeast infection.
Wow! This is very frustrating for you. I think the US is heading toward the same type of system as Canada and there are going to be quite a few headaches. In the US you can get some topical antifungals over the counter. Pharmacists in Canada may be empowered to give you some meds without a prescription, especially when you plead your case of not being able to see an MD. Hang in there!