Dr. Kellogg Spadt explains what contact irritant dermatitis is and shares numerous products that are known irritants.
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Other things that people do not even think about that can cause contact irritant dermatitis are the fabric softening products, whether they be liquid products or small drier sheets. Those things are non-vulvar irritants. Preservatives in vaginal creams like propylene glycol and methylparaben. These are things that are put into preserve the cream so it does not go bad on the shelf, but unfortunately they are also non-vulvar irritants. It would behoove a woman who is having symptoms again of itching, swelling, burning in the vulva to be checked for a contact irritant dermatitis, or if that happens after using a brand new product for the first time do a little test yourself and take the product away and see if the symptoms quiet down. Quick Note: It might take up to 3 weeks for symptoms of contact irritant dermatitis to quell on their own. So do not make a snap judgment, just take away a product if you think it is irritating you and see if your skin recovers in three weeks time.
About Dr. Kellogg Spadt, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.:
Dr. Susan Kellogg Spadt is a Professor of OB/GYN at Drexel University College of Medicine, and professor of Human Sexuality at Widner University. She is also the Director of Vulvar Pain and Sexual Medicine at The Pelvic and Sexual Health Institute. She has her Ph.D. in Human Sexuality from the University of Pennsylvania; her post-masters certificate as an OB/GYN Practitioner from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Professional Development; her MSN as a Maternal-Child Clinical Specialist from Loyola University and her BSN from the College of St. Teresa.
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