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Rosa Cabrera RN

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ask: Is it possible to have external genital ezema? If so, what can you do to prevent it and what is the best treatment?

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hello Anon,

Yes, it is possible to have Eczema in your genitalia.

The skin in your genital region tends to be thinner and more sensitive than in other areas of your body, so you'll need to use extra caution to avoid worsening your irritation when treating eczema there. Unless you have an extreme flare-up, you should expect that the eczema in your genital region will get better with natural topical treatments such as aloe vera creams and moisturizers. However, you should use these products sparingly, applying them only three times per day or so, until you see how your skin responds. You can slowly increase the frequency of the topical ointment applications if you don't have any adverse reactions to them. 

Prescription topical medicines, including corticosteroids, can have extreme side effects that make them a less attractive option for treating eczema in the genital region. If you want something stronger, ask your doctor about topical ointments that boost the immune system. While they can thin out your skin, causing extra irritation during the initial stages of treatment, you'll find that they also markedly reduce inflammation without the risks of corticosteroids.

If you have not been seen and diagnosed by your dermatologist, please do so as it is very important that you get treatment. 

Best Wishes,

Rosa

January 13, 2012 - 7:44am
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