I know that some of you will see this and think, OMG, this is TMI. But I am writing this to give a heads up to other women like me who are having a, ahem, little problem with a rash that won’t go away.
This rash started back in November, 2009, when we went to Alabama last year. I thought at first that I had gotten into some chiggers (Look it up, if you aren’t from the south. They are little red bugs that live in tall grass and weeds, and if they get into your clothing, they will bite you and make you itch like crazy). So, I doctored myself with some triple antibiotic cream,and rubbing alcohol, and nail polish and the rash and the itch did not go away.
I went to the Doctor in January, and while I was there, I told him about the rash and the itch, and he prescribed an ointment for me to use. I used the whole tube up, and it did not help. I was still itching, and itching in more places. So, when we got to Flagstaff in April, I went to the doctor again. I had to take my pants off and show myself to a strange male doctor. He prescribed yet another ointment, one that cost me $56 for a teeny tiny tube of it. Again, I used THAT all up, and I still itched. By this time, I was itching in more places, like under my arms, and under my breasts–it felt like just everywhere. I have been miserable all summer. I have not been sleeping well, either due to this constant itch.
Yesterday when we were in Flagstaff, I went to the doctor again. I told them I was considering jumping from a moving truck on I-40 if I did not get some relief from the itching. I was joking of course, but just barely. This time I had a woman doctor, who seemed to be more attentive than the other doctors I had been to. She prescribed yet another ointment and a round of Diflucan tablets, one a day for ten days.
This skin condition I have, is a form of yeast infection. I have had those “other” yeast infections before, but I never had a clue that you could get a yeast infection of the skin. But that is exactly what I have. I am happy to say that for today, it is the first time in almost a year that I have not itched. The treatment that the doctor in Flagstaff prescribed is working. No jumping out of trucks for me!