The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

If you don’t get “heat rashes”, you probably don’t want to read this post. Just sayin’. I’ve debated whether or not to write about this for years, but let’s face it, the world isn’t getting any cooler.

Here’s the thing: I’ve suffered from what I thought were heat rashes for years, and spoke to several doctors about it, some of whom were even gynecologists, and most of them didn’t take the situation seriously. But it was life-altering for me, and not in a good way. This particular condition tends to happen in the warmest, most moist parts of your body, the groin and sometimes the underside of breasts, and therefore people find it very uncomfortable to discuss. Many suffer in silence. I did for the longest time. (Heat rashes that occur elsewhere on your body are probably a different thing, and unfortunately I can’t help you there.)

When you get a really bad flare up of this condition, it feels like sandpaper that has been set afire. Any movement in that area, or any clothes rubbing against it, hurts like the Dickens. It’s truly miserable. As much as the situation had been blown off by various doctors, I assumed I’d have to live with it.

Some gave me very bad advice. Try using talcum powder in those areas. Keep the area as dry and cool as you can. So I’d sit naked, bepowdered, with a fan, or sometimes even an ice pack. And it kind of sort of worked, if I was willing to entirely give up my life and sit like that forever. Tempting. I’d catch up on my reading. But life does go on.

Another doctor suggested Gold Bond Medicated Powder. Not much better. Another suggested Anti Monkey Butt Powder, which is used for chafing. Some people swear by this, and I find that it helps some, too, but it doesn’t solve the problem. It just makes it more tolerable. Another suggested athlete’s foot cream. No help at all.

Finally, I got a doctor to take me seriously, and she told me that what I was calling heat rashes are actually external yeast infections. I didn’t even know you could get them externally. See, I knew it wasn’t normal, and it shouldn’t be something we just tolerate! I knew it!

She said this type of yeast does thrive in hot, moist areas, but just dealing with the heat and moisture isn’t going to get rid of it. I was liking what I was hearing. Then she suggested a book called The Yeast Connection and it’s accompanying cookbook, and I ran home and immediately bought them online. Finally, some hope.

But then I read the book, and I felt like crying. I even blogged about it. If you want to hear about the impossible rules that that book expects you to follow, then read my post entitled “A Failure to Completely Alter My Life”. If you can turn yourself into an entirely different person, then more power to you. But I knew for me it was a set up for failure. I was so discouraged. I don’t come right out and mention yeast infections in that post. I was still too ashamed. That was back in 2019. And things have only gotten hotter and sweatier since then.

I knew there had to be a simpler solution. And I suspected others were quietly suffering like I was. I even missed a few days of work during bad flare ups because it hurt to walk. Something had to change.

Finally I found a nurse practitioner that actually knew what she was talking about and gave me a workable solution.

  • First and foremost, don’t wear close-fitting or nylon underwear. I wear loose cotton boxers and sports bras now. No elastic down below, no underwires up above.
  • Second, I keep my nether regions trimmed to reduce heat and sweat retention.
  • Third, wash those areas with PH Balance Vagisil, not soap.
  • Fourth, and probably most important, I use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste with Natural Aloe. It’s for diaper rash, but it works for me, because it has zinc in it. The zinc kills off the yeast. At least that’s the conclusion I’ve drawn. (I bet there are plenty of zinc type creams out there that would work just as well. This just happens to be the product I found that I like best.)

For the first time in 20 years, I feel like I’ve got the situation not just reduced to a tolerable level, but also under control. But I’m not a doctor. Your results may vary, and taking my advice is entirely your decision. (I’m also not a butt paste or Vagisil salesman, believe me.) But I’m telling you, you don’t have to live with this embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. And since I struggled so much to get reliable information and to be taken seriously, I thought I might share the news with those who are also struggling.

Our silence on this issue contributes to the suffering. Hence, this post. Having to get this personal kind of makes me squirm. I’m not crazy about the idea of focusing your reading gaze on my nether regions, but I hope my solution works for you. I really do. Good luck.

No. This isn’t me. Photo found on the internet.

Now is the perfect time to stay at home and read a good book. Try mine! http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5

2 thoughts on “Do You Get “Heat Rashes”?

  1. Karen says:

    I thought it was just me. Seriously! Mine is under my boobs. I feel so much of a relief with this post. I actually have used the Boudreauxs Butt Paste on my babies. Love it. Thank you for your honesty!!

    1. That’s the problem. If nobody talks about it, we all think it’s “just me”. So I struggled with it for months, and then decided I needed to post it. Hope this helps you, Karen. Good luck.

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