Has anyone had contact dermatitis from coconut oil?

    We finally jumped on the coconut oil train. I bought Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PMR3QF2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Like it very much as a lube. I had been trying it out (a little) elsewhere as well, such as dry skin on hands, feet, etc. Not really impressed for those uses.

    This will be detailed and I feel very much like it is TMI, but need help. Disclaimer:  I do have a doctor’s appointment scheduled, but it is over a week away, so I am seeking additional ideas. I had been experiencing some itching of the labia, most intensely at 5 and 7 o’clock (as described on cop shows when referring to placement of vaginal injuries.) I have also noticed a tightness or pulling at 6 o’clock since the surgery that does not seem to be going away. (It has made doggy rather uncomfortable.) I would find myself lying down to sleep at night only to feel compelled to rub and scratch at 5 & 7. I noticed a thickening on the left; almost like a bartholin cyst forming. (I had one of those years ago and as soon as I noticed it in the shower it popped. The act of discovering it popped it.)  Now it seems there is thickening on the right as well. Often when I have a bump or bruise beneath the skin, it will itch, so I wasn’t extremely concerned other than to wonder what the thickening was. Then I thought I might be getting a yeast infection, which would make sense given an overload of sugar lately. I took my usual steps and either short-circuited it or it wasn’t that to start with.

    Additionally, I took to massaging coconut oil into the labia to protect the skin (my doctor had once recommended Vaseline for protection from incidental moisture). I figured coconut oil would be protective, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal (I’ve heard all those things about it) and massaging it in helped with the immediate itching and kept me from scratching. This morning after my shower I switched back to Vaseline.

    The conundrum is that the skin seems to be getting more and more irritated and I don’t know if it is worsening on its own or if the coconut oil could be making it worse. I have very sensitive skin. In fact, I take an antacid daily that works through antihistamine action on the advice of my dermatologist for various skin itchiness and because the one I used to take was recalled, I have been out for a week and had a lot of other itchiness. I have a replacement now. The initial problem in the vulva pre-exists the medicine stoppage, however. DH took a look this morning and didn’t see anything other than a little redness.

    Thoughts? If I have some better ideas I can save time when I actually see the doctor. (He’s good, but he does seem to be in a hurry. As long as I keep talking he’s fine, but if I have to stop to think, he’s gone, so I like to be very mentally prepared.

    So any coconut oil reactions?

    Any other ideas on the issues I’ve been having?

    Under the stars Asked on January 30, 2020 in Menopause .
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      I had a severe burning reaction to using it internally as a lubricant. It was organic CO, so that wasn’t the issue. I always stick with water-based now and have no problems.

      Our bodies continually change, so a new reaction to something you’ve used previously is not out of the question. If you are prone to cysts anywhere on your body, I wouldn’t use any oil based products like CO. They just clog your glands and cause issues.

      On the floor Answered on January 30, 2020.

      I actually am prone to cysts, it’s kind of ridiculous how many:  ovaries, eye, head, wrists, and the Bart gland that one time (all different kinds though). That’s an excellent point. I guess I do need to avoid oil based products.

      on January 30, 2020.

      Me too. I’ve been battling meibomian gland issues for 7 months which I think I caused by using an eye cream. Frustrating!

      on January 31, 2020.
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        Sounds like it could be a reaction to the coconut oil. Perhaps try stopping the coconut oil and see if it clears up, and then start again and see if symptoms recur?

        Fell out of ... Answered on January 30, 2020.

        Yes, I have stopped it, at least for now.

        on January 30, 2020.
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          I am sorry you are having issues.   Would you consider Aquaphor ointment?  Unlike Vaseline it does get absorbed into the skin.  DH uses it for dry skin on his back and there is nothing like it.   I would reccommend the brand name, the Equate brand doesn’t feel quite as thick.  The spray version has perpellants so I won’t recommend that either.

          Double bed Answered on January 30, 2020.

          I appreciate the reviews on the Aquaphor and related products. I will give that a try. I’ve always liked Vaseline and had good results with it for any number of uses, but I realize that a petroleum based product might not be the best idea, even if it has seemed to be fine until now.

          on January 30, 2020.
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            We use coconut oil constantly and in great quantities.  My DW has contracted a Bartholinlin cyst.  I wonder if there is a connection.

            Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on January 30, 2020.
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              Check this article out:

              https://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/knowledgebase/coconut/

              I’m severely allergic to hazelnuts, yet love coconut and can eat any other nuts.

              https://www.livescience.com/58418-people-allergic-to-tree-nuts-may-take-oral-food-challenge.html

               

               

               

              Blanket on a secluded beach! Answered on January 31, 2020.

              Interesting.

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                No problems with coconut oil at all. My wife is allergic to pretty much any lube we ever tried, KY, Astroglide and others. No issues at all with coconut oil though and we have used it for lube for nearly 10 years.

                Fell out of ... Answered on January 31, 2020.
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                  @oldbear, walnuts technically aren’t nuts – the word has a strict botanical definition. It’s therefore unsurprising that you can eat true nuts if you’re allergic to walnut.

                  Duchess, if you want to be sure that you’re symptoms are caused by coconut oil, you need to stop using coconut oil and wait for the symptoms to clear. You then need to start using coconut oil again to see if the symptoms recur – if they do, it was most likely the coconut oil, if not it was something else and the coconut oil was a coincidence.

                  Fell out of ... Answered on January 31, 2020.
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