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Two weeks ago,

I started iching like crazy under my arms and on my outside my private parts. I can not figure out what the problem is all of a sudden. The dermatologist thinks it is contact dermatitis. He prescribed clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionare cream usp 1%/0.05% base. Two days and no relief! I stopped the perfumes, soaps and deodorants and no fix. I even put new clothes and underwear on today to eliminate chance of laundry detergent and fabric softeners. What should I do? I am up all night scratching and all day. I am so uncomfortable.

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I had the same thing for 2.5 years, primarily in the vaginal area and I was miserable. In short, what CURED me was taking hydroxizine pills for the itch but the magic bullet was using Marcal brand toilet paper because it is unscented and most importantly unbleached toilet paper. I also tried Seventh Generation toilet paper -but for some reason Marcal did the trick. It took approximately 4 weeks, but I don't have any issues any more and it's going on 2 months now. I am trying to locate every blog so I can share this. Please respond and let me know if this helped you. Remember it took at least 4 weeks - so be patient.

August 19, 2014 - 11:56am
EmpowHER Guest

Did it ever go away I have the saaame problem

May 24, 2012 - 10:47pm

Second doctor gave me antihistimines. With them the itching stops but without them I itch so much! I have eliminated so much of what I thought could have been causing the itching and I am still itching witout the meds.

December 24, 2009 - 9:29am

I think you need to get a second opinion about what may be going on. If your medication is not working then you have clearly been misdiagnosed.

Keep us posted on how things work out and good luck!

December 6, 2009 - 9:36pm
Alison Beaver

Can you call your Gynecologist for an appointment? I am concerned about the rash and itchiness on the skin around your vagina and inner thighs, and this should be medically evaluated by a doctor.

Have you had any sexual contact prior to the itching? There are many sexually-transmitted infections (they clear up with proper medication---don't worry!) that cause itchiness around the genital area.

(It sounds like your dermatologist only looked at the area underneath your arm, correct?) Did your dermatologist tell you how long it will take to feel relief (it's "only" been two days on your medication), and if s/he said immediately or within a day, you should call your dermatologist Monday AM and update him/her on your (lack of) progress.

December 6, 2009 - 2:15pm

It feels like all of my sweat in those areas is not being able to come out.

December 6, 2009 - 12:22pm

I wonder what I need to do next. Living like this is not an option!

December 5, 2009 - 10:39pm

the itching started about one month after taking the antibiotics. I now have a red rash and bumps from so many days of repeated iching in that area.

no real discharge and hardly any internal itching. I am allergic to aluminum cholride found in regual deos, so that is why i use only the same natural deo for the last 10 years and have stopped for the last week. Also, allergic to sublock when used on my face. Nothing has changed in the last several weeks and no new products in my house either.

December 5, 2009 - 10:37pm

Hmmm... sounds interesting.

I have a few other questions

So just to be clear, there is no actual rash, just itching?
When did it start in relation to taking the anitbiotics?
Have you ever had anything like this before?
Do you have allergies to anything that you know of?
Have you had any vaginal itching or change in vaginal discharge?
Did anything change around the time of the onset?

December 5, 2009 - 10:31pm

The meds kind of calm it down for a few hours and then i have to keep reapplying it more than the twice a day recommendation. The itch comes right back a strong.

December 5, 2009 - 10:02pm
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