Ask Naughty Nurse Kimpy is an advice column that addresses reader’s most burning questions on sexual health/relationships. STIs, birth control, is it real or is it fic, sexual positions--you name it. There are no stupid questions, only ones that are too embarrassing to asks someone you know. If Naughty Nurse Kimpy doesn’t know the answer, she’ll find an expert who does!
We’ve reached the season when many of us start to have cooter issues, due to: A) hot, humid summer weather, and B) baring it all in summer clothing, which means at the very least shaving the bikini line. The sultry weather can causes all types of rashes, skin irritations, and just plain discomfort. Never fear, however, Naughty Nurse Kimpy has some solutions and suggestions to keep your cooters happy and, hopefully, hairless. For the next two weeks, we’re going to focus exclusively on making happy kitties. (Not to be confused with Hello Kitties. js, js.)
SO, any recommendations or suggestions. Other things I use that give temp relief: zinc cream, vit E oil, many versions of yeast infection creams, pills, inserts or whatever, something I got in Hawaii that is a goopy brown guck that smells and sometimes stings (depends on when I put it on, before or after outbreaks and/or scratching, sometimes works sometimes stings. I forget the name.), changed soaps to Aveeno, changed underwear to more cotton and less elastic and to boy shorts. Still nothings changed, if anything, gotten worse and spreading, the itch is mainly in the crease of the leg meeting the crotch, right where the underwear lines are and moving to the back. Hope that is enough info because man, this is embarrassing and makes me feel so stupid, like I can't take care of myself. Could be why I can't be intimate with someone for almost 4 years now. And damn, that NEEDS to change, like yesterday. THANKS. PS, Love the work you are doing for us. I needed this blog years ago, but I have it now.
Naughty Nurse Kimpy commends you for trying so hard to get to the bottom of the issues your poor kitty has been facing. You’ve clearly gone above and beyond the call of duty in trying to find a solution for your very painful condition. You probably won’t be thrilled when she recommends that it’s time to bring out the big guns and move away from natural products toward something that might help you get some much needed relief.
First of all, there’s the fact that this all started seven years ago when you used Veet. While Nurse Kimpy wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s the root cause of your problem, it is likely a contributing factor that set you up for this awful cycle of rashes, itching, and pain. So, in the future? You’re probably one of those people whose skin is so sensitive that you won’t be able to maintain a bare kitty.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. There are a couple of different formulations, and you want the one that’s for dry skin--not the normal/oily version. You can find it at any drugstore or Target. There’s another product in the Cetaphil line called Restoraderm Body Wash that might offer you some relief, too. Give the new cleanser a good 7-14 days to see if you notice any improvements. Don’t add or subtract anything else--if you do, it could make it difficult to discern if the new product is helping or not. Of course, if you try this and it makes the problem worse, stop using it right away. Our goal is improvement, not more of the same.
Nurse Kimpy wants you to also switch your laundry detergent. Find a formulation free of perfumes and dyes, something designed for babies or people with allergies or sensitive skin. There is a website that helps you walk through the steps of finding a good sensitive skin laundry detergent.
For your intense itching, you can try an experiment with something like Benadryl Cream to see if that helps. Try a patch test first, where you put a dab of the cream in the affected area. Keep a close eye on the patch to see if the rash/itching improves.
Finally, at your next physical, ask your doctor for two things. First, a blood test can be done to see what your blood glucose levels are. Some women can have issues with recurrent infections when they are diabetic--it’s possible that you are presently in a pre-diabetic state. Second, you should investigate whether or not you might have some type of autoimmune disease. The fact that you’re having such a difficult time getting rid of your rashes could mean that your immune system isn’t working properly.
Nurse Kimpy gives you a big hug and wishes you much luck with your problem. Please follow up with her if you need any additional help.
Here is a helpful video by Laci Green about the how and why (or why not) of cleaning your lady bits.
For those readers who are attending Comic Con 2012 next week, Naughty Nurse Kimpy *might* just show up, so keep your eyes open for her. She’ll be the one in 6-inch heels and a nursie cap. :)