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My 87 year old wife is experiencing irritation in her vulva.

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My 87 year old wife is experiencing irritation in her vulva. The Dr prescribed ESTRACE salve. She developed sores and other inflammatory indications. What should be used to relieve the sores? Is Neosporin proper?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Neosporin is not useful for most vulvar sores.How long after starting the Estrace did she develop the sores?Could you describe these sores in more detail?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
sores developed in several days. I cannot describe them as she is very private about such things. Thanks
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Can you recommend a better ointment or salve?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
Since the sores developed relatively quickly after starting the Estrace, the primary concern is that she is sensitive to the cream, and that could be a sensitivity to the drug or the compounds in the cream to carry the drug. In that situation, the usual best option would be to change to a different vaginal estrogen cream, such as Premarin vaginal cream. It also may help to use a vaginal moisturizing product, such as Fresh Start or Replens, or a lubricant, such as Astroglide or FemGlide. It also may help to take an oral antihistamine, which can help with a variety of reactions to drugs, including local sensitivity. If I can provide any further information, please let me know.