I have an issue that i am currently facing and would like your advice.Most of the times that i have had a vaginal yeast infection i treated it at home with over the counter medications.This time however it is a bit different , i used candid-v gel and because i experienced some overwhelming itching around my clitoris as well i put some there too hoping it would ease the discomfort.The next morning i woke up it had dried up around that are and was chalky to get off no matter how much i washed.By the time i finally got off all the residue i noticed the labia lips were a bit swollen and the area between the clitoris and the lips were the gel had dried up was red and sore and looked cur / bruised. It burns immensely all now and i have no idea what to do , i have applied a small bit of petroleum jelly to ease the bruised area and stuck only to using the candid v inside the vagina are because it still itches a bit. What should i do?
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replied April 26th, 2013
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If you were not sure of the exact cause of the symptoms, you should have avoided self-medication. The vaginal itching that you describe could be due to infections, pH imbalances, opportunistic infections (if symptoms are persistent even after medication use), hormonal insufficiency, chemical irritation, allergic cause, etc. You should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for examination and to go ahead with getting hormonal analysis (done to rule out dryness or itching caused by hormonal insufficiency), vaginal swab/smear test done (to confirm/rule out infective causes), etc. If the itching is getting worse, you can also request for prescription of antihistamines to help you control the symptoms. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle. Avoid vaginal douching, use of harsh soap or perfumes in the area. Use loose cotton undergarments and avoid use of tight fitting clothes. Avoid sweat accumulation in the area and keep the area clean and dry. Rinse undergarments well and use antiseptic solution for the last rinse. If infective cause is detected, it is important to get your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent chances of re-infection, and avoid having intercourse while being on treatment.
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