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little miss shy
feisty_jenn wrote in fatshionista
this is embarassing, but i'm hoping somebody here can help!

we've talked about chub rub many times -- and i'm familiar with that as a (sometimes painful) red rash on inner thighs...but does anyone (else) get other symptoms?  Like large painful sorta blister-things?  i tend to get them in the fold between my (under)belly and my legs....very sore.  i've found in the past that wearing spanx-type garments helps because it holds the belly away from the legs, so the thingies don't develop.  But i HATE spanx and similar garments....so i'm wondering:

(1)  does anyone else get these?
(2)  what strategies do you use to avoid them or to treat them?
(3)  what undies and clothing would you recommend to deal with them?

i'm 5'6", 330lbs with a rack o doom and a belly o doom and no butt to speak of.....any help would be muchly appreciated! 

ETA:  I just want to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!  For all the information and advice.  And just for the validation that other people get this too.  It's funny, I usually think of myself as refusing to be shamed about my body, demanding health care etc....but I confess, I cancelled a doctor's appt on Monday b/c i was too humiliated to ask my doctor about these lesions/boils....now i not only have some ideas for dealing with 'em but feel way more comfortable going to the doctor knowing that i'm not alone, other people get these.  so again, thank you all!!!


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I definitely get that, generally between my thighs. It's infected hair follicles, called folliculitus (sp?). My gyno recommended washing with cetaphil or some other non-comodogenic cleanser. If they persist, or end up deeper under the skin, they can turn in to furuncles (boils), which I've read sometimes have to be lanced, but I haven't had to do that yet. I wash with cetaphil and keep everything as dry as possible. I try to spend a little time at night before I sleep hanging out on the bed naked in positions that expose rashes or sores to the air, which seems to help.

I also found that if you're getting yeasty rashes (which I get under my boobs), Zeasorb AF powder form the drugstore helps. I think I first got that advice here, and it has been SUCH a lifesaver!

And now we all know way to much about me and my dermatalogical problems.

For the yeast rashes, Virgin COCONUT OIL. It's a natural anti-fungal that basically destroys the yeast cells on contact. If you apply it directly to skin 2x/day it will effectively ward off the rashes (and can also be used to treat vaginal yeast infectons), but it also gets rid of an existing rash SO fast and smells super good AND softens skin. I also take a teaspoon or 2 by mouth everyday to keep the yeast count in check and cook with it since it has a high heat point and won't break down like a lot of other oils. Its really good for brain function as well. It basically rules forever. Seriously, don't mess around with powders and stuff. Virgin Coconut Oil is amazing.

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

This is very cool. I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing!

I try to spend a little time at night before I sleep hanging out on the bed naked in positions that expose rashes or sores to the air, which seems to help.

This! And the way you put it made me smile so much.

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