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Ecsema on the labias :( Ecsema on the labias :(

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Unread 03-02-2003, 10:35 PM
Ecsema on the labias :(

I should have noted Steph's caution in my earlier post on this subject. Any steroid cream, particularly in that area, should never be used for more than a few days. When either my DD or I have used it, we've only used it for a day or two.

Judy, constant itching like that can also be a sign of vaginal atrophy, so you might want to start with some sort of topical estrogen product. If it is truly eczema, ask about what you can use for long-term usage in that area. I think I bought my last tube at Sav-On, but as I said, look in the "feminine" aisle (what a strange word!) for it.

You also both might want to investigate some of the organic baby products with calendula in them. My understanding is that calendula works very effectively for localized irritation like you're describing.

Steph, thanks for your post! In my household, we take that warning for granted, but I forget that many don't realize that steroid creams are never for chronic use...

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Unread 03-03-2003, 10:55 PM
Ecsema on the labias :(

Hi, Ladies,

The active ingredient in Gynecort is 1% hydrocortisone. If you're going to try this, you can save yourself some money by buying a generic tube of 1% hydrocortisone, rather than buying Gynecort.

Pediatricians often recommend alternating 1% hydrocortisone and a prescription antifungal for infants with diaper rash caused by yeast. This is intended only for short term use, but if it's safe for a baby, I would think it's safe for an adult, too.

Best wishes,
Unread 03-04-2003, 10:58 AM
Ecsema on the labias :(

Thanks for all the info, dear friends

I've found a form of creme hydrocortisone that sounds similar in makeup to Gynecort. It's Cortef. I've been using it very sparingly, once a day, and have already noticed a big difference.

BTW, I'm aware that this is a treatment that can only be used on a short term basis. I'm hoping that this is only a fluke and that, once the flare-up is controlled, I won't have to deal with this again.

BTW, I tried the diapper rash cremes before, but I really don't like them for myself. And my DS, who also has a tendency towards exzema, had the same problems.

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