So ladies-and gentlemen if you're interested-I decided to write about vaginal eczema because SO LITTLE is written about it! You know, in this day and age, when you're diagnosed with something, something that really, really hurts all the time, usually you do the adult thing: look up information about it. But, when it comes to vaginal ezcema, aka Fungal Jungle, there is little to be seen-anywhere. So I wanted to have a place where I could post what I found, products I've tried, and infomercials I've considered.
In this war-knowledge is power.
Here is my sotry:
Last August, while on a road trip, I started feeling funny, you know, 'down there' (hereafter called the cooter). I thought it was the long hours of sitting in the car, or possibly the night after night of great sex my husband and I shared while on the trip. Well, this feeling turned into a burn. Not just any kind of burn: but a searing, jarring burn. It never stopped. I go to the doctor when I get back, and she tells me its yeast. I take a Diflucan. I take another 3 days later. No relief. My mother, who is a doctor, comes into town. I ask her to call me in two more. She does. I take both of them. By the end of August, still no relief.
Over the course of the next few months, I saw four more doctors. I had various results, but they all said I had no yeast. They said yes, my cooter was red, inflamed, and sore looking, but no yeast. So I was tested by the usual-HPV, Herpes, and all the rest, even syphallis! All negative. Finally, doc says its time for a biopsy. We have one. And the diagnosis was vaginal ezcema.
Ok, I thought, this sounds reasonable. "What's next?" I asked my doc. She says, "Not much to do. You will live with this the rest of your life. Deal with it." Talk about depression. Burning all the time? No sex? WTF?
So she puts on a steriod ointment (see med entries).
I still burn. But I'm still looking.
I encourage people to respond if they have had issues with vaginal ezcema. Let's learn from each other.