Persistent Feminine Itching

I went to different OB/GYN Doctors and got many test done over and over. I have no STD's. They can't find anything wrong. I am a clean freak, I take a bath 3 times a day and always making sure it's clean down there. So why do I itch?

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Feminine Itching is also a sympton of diabetes. Just something to look into if that test has not been done. I hope that you recover from this irritation quickly :)

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

Don't laugh, but you are too clean

Our bodies are a blend of bad bacteria (often the cause of itching, the STDs you mentioned, etc) and good bacteria-an absence of the good can create problems too (that is wny some yougerts "advertise" the bacteris they contain--it is necessary for good gut function. Weird but wonderful!

Why don't you take a being by limiting your baths to once a day, wash your genitals normally (not excessivly) and allow your body to regain equilibrium. If "down there" doesn't smell bad-you probably don't need to wash it so vigorously. Avoid douches too

Hope you feel better real soon!

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

It's possible that it is simply dryness. As we age, our skin loses it's ability to retain moisture as well.

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September 22, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Dianna...too much of a god thing! My mother has had bladder problems for years and has almost died from this a time or two until I asked her dr. if all the "stuff" she puts in her bath water could be causing the problems. He said, "Oh yeah, she shouldn't be using anything in the water." I know that's not what you have but additives in your water may be contributing to your problem. I'd say it you MUST take 3 baths a day (how do you find time?) I would recommend you just wash everything else and skip the itchy part.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

You may have a yeast infection. Which could be the result of having diabetes. Please have it checked out.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

if you have been to the OB/GYN have none of them mentioned that you probably have a yeast infection (not necessarily caused by diabetes). go and buy yourself a package of monistat cream (the 3 day one works fine) and see if the itch goes away. you can also douche with vinegar and water for temporary relief but i would strongly suggest the monistat (or canesten is another brand)

good luck

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

My friend's gynocologist told her to change soaps. She was allergic. Once she changed to a mild soap it got rid of the itching. This helped me too.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

This happened to me too. I was allergic to my bath soap. Once I changed, no problems.

I agree with the other posting, about you being 'too clean' - washing away the good bacteria you need for balance.

If it's not a yeast infection, which you should know soon enough, change your bath soap and laundry detergent. Go with a fragrance free kind, like Tide or Cheer.

Good Luck - Feel Better!

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

I had similar symptoms years ago. Went to Dr. and he asked me what color toilet paper I was using..Had recently painted bathroom blue and was using blue toilet paper. (cause it matched walls) Come to find out, I was sensitive to the dye in the paper. Started using white only and it went away almost immeadiatly.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

You do not mention if you are simply itching or if you have discharge too. I agree your soap, shower gel or bath products could be doing it. But I would also check your detergant, fabric softener too. You definitely may be overcleansing the area. I also agree with those who urged you to get your blood sugar checked in case of diabetes. That's how I found out I had diabetes, persistant yeast infections and itching. Try plain yogurt too, both inside and out, yes cleanse the itching area with yogurt and rinse with plain water, try not using a wash cloth, just wet fingers and GENTLY PLEASE.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

A lot of good advice here! Certain medications (even antibiotics and antihistamines) can cause yeast infections too so ask your doctor if you happen to be taking any.

Also, wear only panties that have cotton crotches and, as creepy as this may sound, make sure to 'wipe' from 'front to back'.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

A trip to the doctor is in order when any feminine issue is "persistent." There could be any number of reasons for this, some of them serious.

I, too, as it turned out was/am allergic to blue dye. Both blue TP and blue soap were the culprits of years of yeast infections. Since finding out, I haven't had a yeast infection in more than a decade. I now carry my own tissue when visitng others homes, as blue it seems, is a favorite color amoung women for their bathroom accoutrements.

Not all "germs" are bad. Many germs are good ones that we need to fight off the bad ones. Too frequent bathing could be causing your skin to be robbed of essential natural oils and thus, very dry. Dry skin = itchy skin.

All that frequent, daily bathing could be causing a hyperactive response in your skin cells. Perhaps a trip to the dermatologist is in order.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Hard Questions: Are you an adult who has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse? Is it possible for you to talk with a counselor or therapist? If this question doesn't apply to you, please don't be offended. If it does, please find a listening ear who can advise you.

One bath a day is plenty. You are probably washing away natural oils that keep the area healthy.

You may be using water that is too hot.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Hard Questions: Are you an adult who has been a victim of childhood sexual abuse? Is it possible for you to talk with a counselor or therapist? If this question doesn't apply to you, please don't be offended. If it does, please find a listening ear who can advise you.

One bath a day is plenty. You are probably washing away natural oils that keep the area healthy.

You may be using water that is too hot.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Try cornstarch instead of frequent bathing, perhaps too dry skin from washing. Apply cornstarch and bath normally.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

My bet would be a yeast infection, as others have mentioned. I've been there and got the T-shirt. There's all kinds of advice on the Web for dealing with yeast, including dietary changes (less sugar and wheat products and adding yogurt), taking acidophilus, and not wearing underwear to bed. Also, your frequent washing might be doing more harm than good by upsetting the natural balance of good vaginal bacteria. Yeast occur naturally there, but the good bacteria keep it from growing too numerous. (The acidophilus will help correct the bacterial balance.) Keep the washing to once a day and use a mild soap like Dove (not Ivory, which everyone assumes is mild but is not).

If you're douching, stop (not even vinegar and water). Your vagina is self-cleaning (really!), and, while just about any kind of douche will provide temporary relief from the itching, in the long run douching only makes things worse.

You might need one of the over-the-counter remedies like Monistat to clear the infection at first, but you should be able to keep it from returning with the natural measures above. If you don't make some changes, you will continue to get the infections.

Another thing about yeast: When you have trouble with it, it tends to affect more than just your feminine areas. Taking acidophilus will probably cure problems you didn't even realize you had.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with the advice about laying back on the washing, but try douching with plain yoghurt (health food kind). Yes, it's messy, but better messy than itching. I never actually douched, but when I'd start to itch I'd eat lots of yogurt and clean myself as far inside as I could with the yogurt and it worked...if it didn't I made a dr.s appt. Use non-allergenic soap/non-perfumed soap and yogurt and I hope it will clear up. The next step would be a medical school, so try these steps before that. Itching is horrible.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

This happened to me years ago. It also caused me to switch doctors. The new doctor told me I had eczema. I was surprised but she said it can happen. She gave me a prescription for eczema and I was cured almost instantly. Good luck!

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

The good bacteria in the plain yogurt can rout the baddies by outnumbering them, so use it. If you can't stand it internally, even a little, (Newton's Law, what goes up must come down, was written by Irene Newton no doubt) then apply it topically with fingers, even just a teaspoonful. Always pantyliners have been good because the Dri-weave topsheet keeps the absorbent from touching you, it's actually a plastic grid. One washing per day please and make that a shower, not sitting in hot water. Please let us know if our ideas helped you, we all wish you the best and offer hugs!

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

This reminds me about a few years ago, I had itching. I tried everything- I was going crazy. I finally called the doctor for a appt. while I was giving it some thought, I remembered that I had tried on two pairs of jeans at a dept. store and a light bulb went off!! Oh my God. I had lice, I called and broke the appt. and went to the pharmacy and bought lice medicine. That did the trick!!! Next time I saw the dr. he laughed and said "I hear you took care of the itching" Ladies-- I now bring home the pants I want to try on, and give them a 10min spin in the dryer before I try them on. Wow, live and learn, and I am in my late 50's.

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October 6, 20080 found this helpful

I had this problem. It turned out I had become allergic to the perfume in the detergent I used to wash my clothing. You might try a no perfume or dye formula.

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