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Unread 10-08-2008, 03:21 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

Has anyone ever heard of taking Benadryl for vaginal/vulva itching & burning? I do not have a yeast infection, bacterial infection or anything. DR says everything looks good. It just doesn't feel so good. DR suggested I try taking Benadryl at night to see if that helps as it may be a Histamine skin reaction. I have to say it does make sense.
Just wondering if anyone else has heard this before?
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Unread 10-08-2008, 03:40 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

No never heard of it. He doesn't think that it may be hormonal?
Unread 10-08-2008, 04:59 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

I don't think either one of us can really figure out what is causing the itching. Could have a lot to do with hormones as I never had a problem before my surgery. Is there a hormone I am missing as I only use the vivelle dot patch? I have the problems with vagifem or premarin and without. Doesn't seem to matter. That's why the Benadryl I think. We didn't talk about it after the tests results came back negative just e-mailed. I am just starting Premarin cream to give it a 2nd chance. Then I will be going back to see her if things aren't better. Trying to decide whether to take the Benadryl. It's just getting frustrating!
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Unread 10-09-2008, 08:12 AM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

Jsut a thought here: while Benadryl is indeed good at blocking allergic reactions, it is also very DRYING to mucous tissues.

I can tell you from personal experience, that includes vaginal tissue......

And we all know that dryness in vaginal tissues promotes a constellation of effects.
Unread 10-09-2008, 09:16 AM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

Very good point! Well which will I choose dryness or itchy? There is never an easy solution when it comes to female issues.
I definitely don't want to cause dryness. One reason Benadryl makes sense to me is that all the itching started after I had allergy testing. Histamine was one of the injections that I had a bad reaction too. I had not thought of this until DR suggested Benadryl. So maybe if I just use the Benadryl 1 or 2 times it will help without creating another problem. And she did give me premarin cream to try again.
Hopefully just a couple of times would not hurt. I must decide what to do.
Thanks for the info.
Unread 10-09-2008, 09:52 AM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

I find that Premarin cream is too strong for me. You mentioned that you have used vagifem, but what about estriol? It has a special affinity for vaginal tissues and seems gentler than Estrace and Premarin. For me, using Premarin cream caused more issues than it solved.
Unread 10-09-2008, 10:23 AM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

I had a problem with Premarin Cream before. This time I am trying a very small dose. I am beginning to wonder if my problem has not been caused by other medicines and the allergy testing. That is why when I decided to stop the vagifem I used nothing for a while and am starting very slow with the premarin cream. Vagifem left me with a sticky/dry feeling with some itching too. DR said I really need to use something.
Is the estriol a vaginal cream?
Unread 10-14-2008, 04:56 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

I had EXACTLY what you're talking about. In the beginning it truly was a yeast infection (treated twice), but then the itch continued on and on and on. I went back to the doc twice and got lucky the second time. This doctor had had the same problem. She suggested I wash with Cetaphil or another very very "delicate" area cleanser. (I chose Aveno baby wash) She also prescribed Betamethasone VA 0.1% ointment. FINALLY RELIEF!!! It cleared up in just a couple of days (and I could feel almost immediate relief). Call your doc prior to the Benadryl, because as the others say, that will DRY you out!! Ouch
Best of luck
Unread 10-14-2008, 05:41 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

klgm - Thanks for the information. I have not used the Benadryl and don't think I will. I don't like the way Benadryl dries out my nose even. The premarin cream I think is helping right now. I'm using less than 1/2 a gram twice a week. A lot less than my gyn wants me to use but I know more will just irritate the area even more. The itch is not gone but it is not as bad. I know it will only be a matter of time before it really flares up. I think I will ask about the Betamethasone when I go back to DR. I have been dealing with this in one form or another since my hysterectomy. I have had too many yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis infections to count.
Unread 10-14-2008, 06:18 PM
Vaginal irritation 2008 - Benadryl? - UPDATED 2015

Best of luck!! One thing that might be different...mine was "external" itching. So it could be different, but anything's worth a try, right?

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