So I've had bumps"down there" for eight years. Yes, eight years, I was around 11 or 12 years old. However, I never went to the doctor. A week ago, I finally went and she said it was for sure not an STD! She told me to try three things: Monistat 7, hydrocortizone cream and something for Psoriasis. I'm on my fifth day of the Monistat 7, I've never paid too much attention, so I can't be sure, but I think i'm clearing up. The bumps go down to the middle of my thighs, and down and up my butt crack. Yes, very visual but just needing answers! There is a smell if I itch them too much and they burn too. So here's a few questions,sorry for the long intro and please answer any of these if possible!? :)
Do you think this could even be a yeast infection?
Because I've had them so long, I don't think only the Monistat is going to clear my bumps, what else should I use?
Any suggestions so I can be better? :)
Do you think I will have scars after itching for eight years?
Hello hun, honeslty i truly do not believe thr it is a yeast infection, especially for eight years. If it was a yeast infection you would have a yellowish or other than cream colored discharge, itchiness of the actual vagina, not the bumps and you would, as a lot of people do have burning of the vagina as well. Im not too sure how this would qualify for a yeast infection and they should have done a pap smear at the gyno n tested u for a yeast infection, not just tell u to use monistat. Honestly if it were me i would go back and demand to be tested for everything to rule things out because as i said i truly do not think this would have anything to do with a yeast infection. Also, do u shave down there? If so how long? I know when i shave i get small bumps sometimes and they itch and burn (hense razor burn). U could try using cortisone and see if that helps. You should also wash very well in the shower(avoid shower gels for the tome being as this can irritate and burn even more), make sure u dry yourself very well, apply some baby powder when ur done in the shower and wear loose fitting clothes for the time being so u dont restrict the area from air. Good luck n keep me posted n hope this helped a little.
Are you using the other things at the same time? Hydrocortisone helps reduce itching and inflammation. Where are you applying the monistat? It's possible to get skin yeast infections, so if you're applying it to the rash and it's helping, then it could be yeast. If it's inside the vagina, I agree with the above poster that you would have had major itching inside, and probably discharge (although both yeast infections I've had didn't come with the classic discharge at all).
Consider going to a dermatologist, as they're better versed in telling what different rashes are.
I agree with annoymouse, thats what i forgot to say was to try a dermatologist. Thats interesting, i never knew that u could get a skin yeast infection. Huh, learn something new everyday. Yea so either go back to gyno or visit a derm as annoymouse said. Keeps up posted
Oh right, and babygurly22 is right about keeping the area dry. Yeast likes to live in moist environments, so wearing loose clothing that breathes and cotton panties can help. You can also get something called seborrheic dermatitis, which is basically dandruff not on your head, but I think it's a different species that does it. You can google "skin yeast infection" and look at the images to compare (warning: graphic).
@Babygurly22--yeah, skin yeast infections are sometimes a problem for babies who stay wet too long and people who have deep skin folds (overweight, have large breasts, etc.). The skin folds don't breathe, and stay moist all the time, and the yeast takes the opportunity.
I have shaved, but I wasn't shaving when I was young. The doctor told me not to shave, just to trim for a while so it doesn't get irritated along with the creams. If the creams and everything don't work, my next step is to go to a dermatologist. I will keep you posted. :)
The Monistat is for the inside. Can you put the regular stuff on the outside or is there a special one for that? Because it seems to be smoother now, but the redness and a little bumpiness is still there. However, I don't think I'm itching as much and no smells, so that's good haha. Also, can I use the monistat 7 again right after, because it does feel like it's working, but i'm not positive.
I wouldn't reuse the Monistat immediately without asking your doctor. I'm not sure if you could use it topically, and trying to blast the hell out of everything might not be the best idea without reevaluating. The first time I had a yeast infection, they gave me a cream to go with the suppositories to help the itching, that I believe was antifungal. I think you'd end up using nystatin or ketoconazole externally, and those are prescription as far as I know. For internal yeast infections, I prefer to take fluconazole (Diflucan), which is one pill you take that generally clears up an internal infection.
Annoymouse is right, ur not supposed to keep using the monistat. I learned that the hard way. Im glad u said it helped a little but i would say at this point it may be best to just go back to the doc or as annoymouse said a dermetologist since its on the skin.
I was thinking about something anti fungal, if I tried that there probably wouldn't be too many side effects, right? It's just that the dermatologist is just no an option for me right now because of the expense.
Topical antifungals shouldn't have too many side effects. Oral antifungals can have more, and can interact with other drugs. If it's not fungus, though, it might make things worse (I'm not really sure what it would do, really). Can you get your primary care provider to take a look at it again and maybe a swab to test? Maybe they could do a "curbside consult", which is where they go casually describe the symptoms of a patient to a dermatologist friend and ask for their opinion. Dermatology is a tough one, though.
Does your insurance just not usually cover specialist visits? Your doctor can call up the company and explain that there is a legitimate medical need for you to see a dermatologist, and get them to give you special authorization and cover it. If you don't have insurance, I'd try Planned Parenthood. Even though it's not an STD, they see a lot of crotch rashes, and might have a better idea of what it is than a primary care provider, and they do sliding scale fees.
The hard way was that when i went to the doctor not only did i find out that it wasnt a yeast infection, it was BV but he had to give me a double dose of medicine. I took the first dose (3 days) and wound up coming back a week later with the same symptoms. He gave me another orescription and said he thinks that the 1st didnt fully get rid of it bc i had used too much of the monistat so my body wound up rejecting the medication he had given me :/
I went to Planned Parenthood the first time, I don't have any insurance. :/ It feels like it's doing okay, but I'm scared it's going to come back if I don't keep working on it. I read that garlic pills are good for your immune system and that sort of thing, so I started those today, but i'm not sure what else to use. The lady from Planned Parenthood said that she would call in a couple weeks, so I'll see where it is by then and maybe make another appointment. :)
So more information on the bumps. I'm a bigger girl, so I guess you could say it gets more moist down there? Well, so far it's ended up having quite a parameter. It's in my front pubic area? And up my stomach a little, below my belly button, and then into the creases under my stomach. It goes down my thighs about half way, and then up my butt crack and under the folds? of my butt? I'm not super large, but I hope that makes sense. But now on the right side it seems to be all cleared up except a little in my inner thigh, but the left side is still there. It still itches but not as horribly. So i'm not sure what the plan is haha
Well, if you see them again you should definitely ask about those specifically. If you've taken all the Monistat and your vagina isn't itching anymore, that's a good sign. I guess the other bumps could be heat rash or something similar from being too wet and warm all the time. Try using baby powder, and wear loose clothes, preferably cotton or something else that breathes well. You could maybe try tights that breathe well to cut down on chafing in the thigh and butt region (underarmor might work as well). I'm not big, but my thighs do touch, and I had a big chafing/irritation problem when I was living in a warmer climate and walking a lot. I actually ended up putting some antiperspirant on my inner thighs, which helped me by keeping them drier.
If you have big folds, you can take rolls of cotton and wedge them in there to help keep air circulating. I sometimes wedge handkerchiefs in my cleavage or under my underwires, because I have really big boobs that can get nasty in the heat. You can also get some 1% hydrocortisone over the counter to rub on areas that itch (but not put in your vagina itself). It should help with any swelling/redness as well.
As for the garlic, it won't hurt you, but I wouldn't use it in place of actual medication. And watch out for gastric complaints (like gas or diarrhea), which can happen to some people when they eat too much garlic.
If all the suggestions above aren't helping, or it's a bit better but persistent, you'll need to see a professional again.
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