07-13-2008, 06:26 PM #1
I was wondering what toilet paper people use that doesnt irritate. Since I had my hysterectomy I have been having severe itching, I read that it could be because sometimes when you go through menopause you lose the natural lubrications and you get severly dry, which makes alot of sence. but I also have been told it could be Vulvadenia (sp?). either which way, I desperatly NEED to find relief. so if you have any ideas about TP, clothing, soaps (which I am highly sensitive to anyway) lubrications..anything at all, I would really be greatfull.
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07-13-2008, 08:34 PM #2
I read labels and only buy plain white, unscented toilet tissue. Underpants should have cotton crotches --- it can help to double rinse them when laundering so you're sure there's no soap residue. I use Neutrogena soaps, but I have eczema and need to use a soap that's not alkaline.
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07-14-2008, 12:55 AM #3
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Make sure you're not using any irritating detergents or fabric softeners when you wash your undies. Rinsing them twice may be a good idea for you. Also, you might want to try rinsing yourself with cool water after you urinate and then use the tp to pat yourself dry. You can get a small squeeze bottle at the ICN shop, but I use a squeeze bottle I bought at a craft store in the candy-making section! It's designed to be used for pouring melted chocolate into molds. Now that's ironic!
07-14-2008, 05:51 AM #4
You have gotten some great tips! What has helped my itching the most is taking a low dose of atarax!Hugs
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07-14-2008, 06:43 AM #5
I can only use Charmin Ultra Unscented in the blue package. I too have Vulvodynia and I dont have any issues with this toilet paper, but if I use Charmin Ultra in the red package - I get irriated.
Also, my derm told me *okay, this gets a bit graphic so bear with me* that you need to make sure that you clean "under the hood" LOL (sheesh, we sound like cars dont we?!) - but anyhowwwwww - its important to clean that area because bits of TP and lint can actually get in there and irritate with VD. I also use just OTC 1% coritsone cream when I'm irriated and flared down there (at her recommendation).
07-14-2008, 08:05 AM #6
I use the Costco brand TP with no probs and my mom, who has vulvodynia, only uses Kleenex facial tissue which works for her.
As to things that might be soothing
#1 - Use a periwash bottle every time you use the restroom. Just fill with water and rinse. It's unbelievably soothing and comforting.
#2 - Be very careful with laundry products. As was said earlier, no fabric softeners, dryer packs, etc. If it makes your clothes smell good, it's leaving enough chemicals to irritate. I use Ivory Snow or Dreft detergents, and always rinse my underwear twice just to make sure all chemicals are out.
#3 - You might want to try the Very Private line of products. They have a body wash and lubricant for use "down there" ...d eveloped specifically for women with sensitivity, etc. etc. Also, the Desert Harvest Aloe Personal Gel can be very VERY soothing for some patients.
Hope those help!
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