(Closed) Anyone here have tampon allergies?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

no, i used OB in China – it was the only brand they had! but get a divacup and see if it goes away!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I dont know if i hav an allergy, however i have never been able to use them bc everytime i do i feel really sick for days.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@SweetRose2011: My Aunt is a Nurse Practitioner (advanced practise nurse) who does medical consulting and she actually told me OB is the safest brand of tampon to use because of the lack of applicator. Apparently a lot of women experience reactions to tampons that have been in plastic applicators because the plastic leeches into the cotton tampon. Something similar to the theories on cheap plastic drinking containers being bad for your health…

I’m very sensitive to preservative and to be honest OB is the only tampon brand that has really worked for me without causing too much discomfort. I’m the kind of person who breaks out in hives from cheap laundry detergent though.

The scratching that you are experiencing doesn’t sound average. It sounds like that would most likely come from a pre-existing source of imflammation.

I know this might sound strange, but if you suspect the irritation or imflammation might be from a low level infection or yeast (sometimes they don’t present themselves as a full blown infection), you can try an at home remedy I got from a homepathic doctor (I rarely use medication). She reccomended placing 3-5 drops of tea tree oil (the real essential oil version) on the end of a tampon and wearing it for an hour each day for about 3 days. The tea tree oil is a natural bacteria and fungal killer so it helps to clear a lot of smaller infections up. Be cautious about this method though because it will burn quite badly if you’re irritated from something else (and don’t let any get on your skin on the outside).

I hope you figure this situation out soon!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@SweetRose2011: I have both psoriasis and excema, so I have super sensitive skin. This may be Too Much Information, but when I used to use regular tampons, it eventually caused so much irritation that it inflamed my vagina to the point where I couldn’t have sex without pain for almost 3 years. During all that we never knew what caused it until I used a special lotion in front of my OB and she asked why I used dye and scent free lotions. I told her about my skin conditions and it hit her that it was probably my tampons. Most tampons, even when they say scent free and dye free, have some type still in them. I now use Organic Essentials tampons. You can get them from Trader Joes or from online. They still have an applicator, but they are made of organic cotton and have absolutely no artificial stuff in them. Since using them, the inflammation has gone away and I can have normal, pain-free sex. You should look into those.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

No allergy here, but I much prefer using a cup to a tampon or pad. Less cramping, less mess, and I can’t feel it at all.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

@SweetRose2011: I would look into organic tampons or maybe wearing a pad for the rest of your period just to give your vagina a break and to see if that helps any.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you considered getting a Divacup?  I switched over to Divacup about a year ago and now I hardly wear tampons anymore.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I use OB, but I really want a diva cup. I’ve never had problems with the OB tampons.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@SweetRose2011: I would highly suggest looking into switching to organic cotton tampons then. I would also apply zinc oxcide twice a day for the next couple of weeks. It’s a cream you can get at the store, it’s really cheap and it you just apply it right inside your vulva (lips) and it helps protect and sooth the inflammation. That’s what my OB told me to do and it worked wonders!! It just sounds like your are having an allergic reaction to the tampons (which you already thought, and it sounds just like what happened to me), and you need to switch to the ones are not sythetic cotton, which even OB is. There’s a couple of other brands my OB suggested like Natracare and Organyc. You can buy them online pretty cheap.

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