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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    Alrighty, this is slightly embarrassing but after being to a few drs and just being told its "Dry Skin" I thought I would jump on here and ask you all a lovely question about my groin area

    I have these dry, flaking, peeling but NOT itchy patches on either side of my groin.
    It came up out of know where one day. Just on the groin/bikini area I have quite oily skin so this is not the norm for me to get dry skin anywhere.
    I used hydrating cream on the area and it was pretty much gone, kept using it but AF rocked up 4 days ago an the dam dry skin/flaky patch thing is back!
    I was trying to remember back to when the dryness first started and it was around my last period.
    I use pads with wings.
    I'm thinking this dryness is being caused by the wings on the pads, the patches are also right where the wings would sit/rub.

    I have never had an issues with this before, I always have used pads with wings.. But I can't help but think its the pads due to the patches showing up when AF arrives.

    Thoughts?

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    Default Re: TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    Have you changed what brand you use?

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    Yep, very possible. I have had similar issues from wearing pads and believe it is the plastic rubbing on my skin that does it.

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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    I'd suggest trying either a different brand or tampons if you're comfortable with them. Failing that I'd see a dermatologist.

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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    No haven't changed brads which is odd..
    Not a huge fan of tampons but I might try pads with no wings and see how I go with that, or switching to a brand with a cotton cover.
    I've never had this happen before, it's just bizarre..

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    It is most definitely possible to have a pad allergy. I used to have an allergy to pads back in the 90's when they were bleached to death and less kind to the skin. Now that *most* pads have less bleaching and are more hypo-allergenic, I don't have anymore issues.


    OP, you could have an allergy to the plastic used on the wings etc and/or contact dermatitis. I would switch to using pads that are all cotton (I think there is one called 'Cottons').
    Have you tried using an anti-fungal cream? This may be more effective than using the hyrdrating cream which might just be masking the symptoms as opposed to treating them. Maybe try a low percentage dose of a hydrozole cream.

    It's not safe to use normal talcum powder near your vaginal area, but you could also put some cornpowder/cornstarch on the dry patches to alleviate any irritation as well.

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    Yep, definately possible.

    I had a similar problem a few years ago. I didn't change actual brands but the pad had actually changed a bit. For me it was to do with a perfume they had put in them and a different lining on the pad to feel dryer and fresher or something.

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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    I used to get similar, and can no longer use the ones with wings. Try a different brand - eg I can't use the stay free with freshness layer they use, but can use Kotex with no problems. Alternatively try cloth or a cup (I hate tampons but found the cup ok).

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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    Thanks ladies,
    I don't think it's washing powder, dd has eczema so every little thing in the house is all hypoallergenic, natural or bicarbonate soda lol.

    I'm going to try Cottons, I have used cloth pads before and found them to be pretty good so ill go back to them if I get no results from Cottons.

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    Default TMI. Allergy to Pads.. Is it possible?

    Yes Ever since I was a teenager I have only been able to use one brand of pad.


 

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