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Azniteskies, so sorry you're going through all of this. I get yeast infections around my stomach (and now that I've lost some weight, in the loose skin folds on my thighs) and sometimes it doesn't seem like anything much can prevent it, except getting in front of a fan and letting everything get nice and dry.

I've read that sometimes insurance will cover excess skin removal if there's a history of infection in the area. I've been thinking of going to my doctor every time I get one of those nasty rashes, to document my history of infection.

Massage can help with scar tissue sometimes, even something like rubbing a lotion into the scarred area a couple of times a day.

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SO MANY DIFFERENT SUBJECT HERE WOW...

Baby wipes are a necessity and they are not all the same. Huggies with a texture thicker the better.

I shower frequently, I feel I smell and rashes get the best of me but I can usually can stop them before they get bad. Yeast powders sometimes and lotion sometimes depending on the rash..

I have had a lot of medical issues some related to a stomach reduction. You know that point when it's about to you knees and flat? Well the Dr (choke) we found out was technically on LOA with a medical board in another state. Long after my problems were diagnosed. He did a partial stright cut incision, picture lwft me with puppy ears on each side and left staples in. No other Dr saw any mistakes.

I ended up with a Cellulitis infection in my groin that left me with a basketball there. Of course he never finished and 3.5 years later & 5 more infections in my stomach, groin, leg and lots of hospitalizations and antibiotics

NO ON WILL REMOVE THE SCAR TISSUE GROWTHS.OR SURGICALLY FIX ANY OTHER MEDICAL ISSUE.

I had and have issues of water retention and spring leaks usually in the stomach area, I haven't in years but today sprung a leak in my stomach side. I can fill a baby diaper full of water. Which at this point with a bladder pacemaker which hasn't solved my incontinence issues life extremely wet.

Due to circumstances beyond our control our only working car was in Omaha with my daughter and grandson for their Dr appointments, I could not see my Dr. She set me up with another Dr tomorrow.

Oh yes all that with being in Kidney Failure (33% functioning)

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Hello my dear. To answer your question... I bathe every other day. I use cornstarch (baby) powder in the creases of my legs, under my belly, and sometimes a little under my boobs (Tmi, sorry!). I am addicted to Axe for Women (a type of deodorant body spray) and I reapply deodarent at least 3 times a day.

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Hello my dear. To answer your question... I bathe every other day. I use cornstarch (baby) powder in the creases of my legs, under my belly, and sometimes a little under my boobs (Tmi, sorry!). I am addicted to Axe for Women (a type of deodorant body spray) and I reapply deodarent at least 3 times a day.

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Wow, AEL_RHIANA, I guess I didn't realize that you were from Australia. I hope you are able to find something that helps.

(Notice how well I restrained myself from ending that sentence with "down under") emoticon

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I will check for them.

I was checked out. I was in the hospital once, and in my OBGYN's office what seemed to be every other week. They did every test imaginable, they never found anything wrong. The only thing I was never checked for, was Endometriosis, but that requires surgery to check for and that isn't possible right now. I know I will need a laparoscopy at some point, however. I too was going through that: Soaking maternity pads through in about 15 minutes. I'd be clotting larger than my fist. I'd go in, they'd find nothing wrong, send me home.

I know, I used to be the same. I'm from the US originally, and being down here is just...awful. I'm looking forwards to moving within the next several months or so.

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Rhiana, Summer's Eve does make a wipe. http://www.summerseve.com/products/cleansi
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Bleeding for a long time can be a symptom of endometrial cancer or precancerous changes, so if it ever happens to you again, you should get it checked out. That's what was causing my bleeding, precancerous changes in the endometrium. In December I was bleeding so much I was using a box of super plus tampons and 7 or 8 overnight pads a day. I was taking care of my parents so I couldn't go to the doctor. By the time I got one of my sisters to come into town and take care of my parents so I could go, I ended up needing two transfusions.

That's a shame about the water where you are, here we think of clean tap water as an essential and when we buy bottled water it's mostly just that we don't like the taste of tap water. It's hard to imagine living where the water was really unsafe to drink.

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I hear you, Dusty. The only things I am really looking forwards to, aside from feeling better, is being able to do the things I love. Right now? I can't ride horses; ride roller coasters; hang-glide; skydive; ski; go abseiling...etc...

An adrenaline junkie does not do well at over 330 pounds, I have to say.

Elec: I'm infertile, so no children...I'm only 34, so no menopause. I've also been checked for diabetes three times in the last full year, and I always come up clean. I know it's not a bladder infection because those are just stupid painful for me.

I can sympathize/empathize with the bleeding issues, as I once had a period that lasted for over a full year, and I mean I was hemorrhaging some days. I can still remember being trapped in a bathroom stall with blood soaking up the entire front of my pants. I had blood on my belly, even! The stall looked like a murder scene and I had to have someone call my husband just so I could have new clothing brought to me. I wonder if Summer's Eve makes a wipe...I rather like all of their products that I have tried so far, especially the powder.

Well, I have that sort of hand soap so I can give it a try and see what happens!

We can, but it's too expensive. I'd be spending 6 dollars or more a day on it, and we live on unemployment right now, so can't really afford it. They have 5 litre jugs for 10 dollars, but that would last a day and a half between me and my husband. Closest we have is a (supposed) spring source that a few locals use, but the river water here is brown...I don't trust anything that is said to be fresh water around here...not when even boiling it has made me deathly ill before. I may look into another brita filter.

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AEL_RHIANA, definitely mention it when you go for your follow up. I know it's embarrassing to have to ask a doctor about it but doctors have heard it all before, nothing you ask about is going to be new to the doctor. And think about how great it would be if there was a simple treatment for it that would work for you. There are other causes of incontinence than just weight, if you've had children or gone through menopause those can both cause it. So can diabetes (from nerve problems).

The baby wipes are just especially good at getting rid of scents on the skin without being overly harsh. I'm not sure the feminine wipes are as good, I had bought some because I was having extreme bleeding issues and I had to be able to wash my legs and shoes in a bathroom stall, and the feminine wipes were more portable than diaper wipes. But they have a really strong floral scent and I'm not sure that anything that strongly scented is healthy for the vaginal area.

About the Hibiclens, when I had to use it before surgery, the nurse said if I couldn't get it, any antibacterial hand soap would do instead. The hibiclens was too strong for my skin, even using it sparingly made my skin turn red, hurt, and peel off.

Can you buy bottled water? We don't drink our tap water, we have large plastic jugs that we fill up from a filtered water vending machine, but I don't know if you've got anything similar where you live. It cost a bit to buy the jugs and the water cooler, but it's cheaper than always buying bottled water.

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I definitely understand about the self-esteem part. But it's best to take it a step at a time.

I would wish that we all could shrink up back to "normal" but for most all of us that isn't going to happen. And as women that's really a hard one to accept.

There is a huge trade off, to start focusing on when those bad thoughts start popping into your head and that's the self-esteem you'll find from knowing you did lose all the weight, the better health you'll have, more self-confidence, and the world just seems better all around.

For some of us it opens up the freedom of choices that was never afforded to us at our highest weights. We no longer have to be stuck in situations or jobs or to be around people that bring us down or treat us badly because we were so fat there was nothing else we could do.


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Elec: No, I have not, but then again I donít have a real doctor. I have to drive almost 3 hours to see a GP, and I canít really afford that but once in a blue moon. I do have a follow up for some things on Tuesday, so I could ask her then, though I am pretty positive itís weight related.

I have not tried baby wipes since I am usually fine once I shower, until the next morning anyways. I can check for the feminine wipes when I get up the coast for my doctorís appointment next week. Iím in an extremely rural area and the grocery store we have is very small and doesnít carry much.

Believe me, it isnít mental as my husband can smell it sometimes, too, especially if weíre gettingÖerrÖintimate. I can have just showered and all and heíll be able to smell something not-so-good! I admit that I am not the best at staying hydrated, but my water has made me sick before (when I said rural, I meant it, lol!) so sometimes I donít drink much because of that: I fear getting sick.

Yeah, I donít think itíll be as uncomfortable in the end, as I am right now. The sensation of something large and flabby just constantly on my thighÖitís almost maddening for me.

Mr Immortal: I have no idea what that is, or even if it would be available in Australia. I know that I probably would not be able to get it where I live, not without making a 3 hour drive to one of the cities. We donít have a Wal-Mart here, either.

Edit: had a look online and it is not available in this country, unfortunately, and there does not seem to be an alternative that anyone really knows about. I could, maybe, have it imported, but that would probably cost too much.

Dusty: Oh, it is definitely not a bladder infection. I know all about those (ow!) and this is not it. If it is, then Iíve had it for about 4 years straight, lol. Iím pretty sure itís weight related.
I donít have real accidents per se, more like tiny little leakages. I mainly notice the odor and the like in the mornings, and my inner thighs are usually damp. I know I need to drink more waterÖhoping to get a filtration system soon! Apple juice I can get here, but the other onesÖnot so much, and when we do have them in this town they are stupidly expensive. 500ml of Cherry Juice for example is about 15 dollars. Too bad because itís good stuff.
If I found any Iíd have to try them on in-store, because our budget doesnít allow for much extra spending.

I am definitely going to be saving to have all of the extra skin lopped off, and I mean everywhere. I have actually become depressed when I think of the after effects of losing so much weight. I know itíll be so much better for me, but I also think itíll kill what self-esteem I even have left. Oh wellÖone day at a time. I wonít be at my goal weight for a couple of years at least.

Thanks for the replies all.


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I agree with everything ELECTRA7D said. You really need to see a doctor. It could be a bladder infection that you would need to take meds for.

Here's something from WebMD
www.webmd.com/urinary-inconti
nence-oab
/america-asks-11/default.htm?
vid=v
d-0301-aaw-05

and
www.webmd.com/urinary-inconti
nence-oab
/womens-guide/urinary-inconti
nence
-in-women-topic-overview




Also from WebMD www.webmd.com/urinary-inconti
nence-oab
/features/preventing-bladder-
urine
-leaking

3. Minimize Odors.

When you have an accident because of OAB, odor may be one of your first concerns. Though you can't prevent it completely, you can curb odor. Here's how:

Stay hydrated -- without going overboard. The more concentrated your urine is, the stronger it smells.
Consider taking urine deodorizing tablets, such as vitamin C, or supplements made for this purpose. You can also help reduce urine odor by drinking apple, pear, cherry, and other non-citrus juices.

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I thought all of the above was really interesting!


As far as the extra tummy skin goes it does feel like sometimes it doesn't belong. (Well, I guess it really doesn't:)
Spanx would work. You might try (depending on your budget) different weights (tightness) and styles. Like above the knee, panty style, etc. There are so many brands besides Spanx that would work too.

In the end if you can afford it or have insurance (I'm thinking most would cover) get a tummy tuck:) From what you describe no amount of exercise is going to make it shrink back unfortunately.

Most plastic surgeons nowadays take credit cards and or have payment plans.


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I hate to keep parading out the same show horse here, but AEL_RHIANA, have you tried using HIBICLENS? When I use it, I bathe as normal, but I put a few squirts of HIBICLENS on my washcloth along with my regular body wash (that way it's not too harsh). I also can't overstate how helpful it is to put the HIBICLENS in a foaming dispenser (helps with portion control lol). The first few times you use it, spread it onto the affected area, and let it sit there for a couple minutes before rinsing.

This product worked wonders for the odor problems I used to have (used to...). It can be found at Walmart (along with foaming dispensers).

Hope this helps!

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AEL_RHIANA, have you talked to your doctor about the bladder leakage? There are meds for that. Exercise might also help. I had a problem with it when I coughed or laughed until I started riding my bike every day and then I noticed I didn't have that issue anymore after about a month. (It also tightens up the muscles involved in orgasm...hello multiples!)

Have you tried using baby wipes between baths? They're really good for getting rid of odors. They also make feminine wipes which are in the same aisle as the maxi pads and are individually wrapped so you can just take one in your purse or pocket.

I'm guessing that the odor issue is partially that you are expecting to smell it or worrying that you might smell like it, rather than you actually having an odor. Also, if you drink more water, your pee will smell a lot less and that might help you feel less like it's a problem.

About the tummy, yes, it's uncomfortable. It gets in the way when I ride my bike. I think Spanx might help but they're pretty sweaty to wear and then you might have trouble with rashes under your tummy. I've been losing weight and my tummy is very wrinkly when I lay down, and so are my thighs. I know it's going to be really ugly when I'm done losing weight, but I will just save up to have it chopped off, and in the meantime if it was just empty skin, it could be tucked into underpants. I don't think it would be as uncomfortable as my big thick tummy is now.

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Edited for a double post...feel free to delete this one!

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I have one that I didn't see in here, at least...not that I could find.

This is embarrassing as frak... Anyways... I have a problem with bladder leakage that I am convinced is not weight related, as my mother (all 90 pounds of her) has had this issue for many years, and since I've inherited many of her other health concerns...why not this. *sigh*

I bathe every day, sometimes even twice. I always use Summer's Eve feminine powder after and put it on my outer vaginal area (the back of the bottle says it's fine), insides of thighs, and under my tummy. I also wear panty liners for leakage. I still smell. Now, I'm told (by my husband) that the bad smells are not noticeable unless it's either first thing in the morning, or late in the evening. Even so, I have had times when, after a bath/shower; after I've put on all of my smell-good things...I swear to God above that I can still smell pee.

How in the heck to I even begin to combat that? The odor mainly hangs around on my inner thighs and nothing gets rid of it. I've tried about everything and nothing helps.

Also, not a hygiene question per se, but I want to ask anyways: Those with bigger, hanging tummies, does it ever bother you when you're sitting? Mine seems to drift over to the right and likes to rest itself on my upper right thigh. It is stupidly uncomfortable and has driven me to panic attacks before, due to the sensation. I usually stick something under it when I sit, but that can't be done in public. Is there anything I can do about that? Would wearing Spanx or something help? The sensation about drives me mad. I've seen after shots of people my age who have lost as much weight as I need to, and their skin problems look worse, unless they get surgery to remove the extra skin flaps that are left behind. Am I literally doomed to have this huge flap of something just laying on my leg for the rest of my life? It even bothers me when standing and walking.

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I had to buy Hibiclens for my surgery too and after that I started using it on folds and areas that didn't seem to get clean, but I think it was too strong for my skin to use every other day, because I got extremely sore and the skin kept peeling off for weeks.

For anyone who has a yeast problem, the kind that causes wet painful and smelly rashes, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a powdered antifungal. It works really well. I didn't want to ask a doctor about that kind of issue, but I ended up in the ER for a female issue and the doctor noticed the problem and prescribed the powder.

And people who have trouble reaching things, get a bath pouf on a long handle for the shower, and you can also get a reaching aid (one brand name is bathroom buddy) for the toilet. Or you can improvise with a clothes hanger, the kind that has the clips to hang up a skirt...just cut off the hook part of the hanger and you're left with a straight section with two spring clips. Fold your toilet paper and attach it to one of the clips. Also keeping a step stool in the bathroom is helpful because you can put one foot up on it (or put that foot on the tub if it's reachable from the toilet).



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Thanks Ben for posting this! I know you and others were talking about this on our Let's Talk thread and I've been meaning to ask you to post about it here but I kept getting side tracked.
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After my knee surgery in July last year, my weight skyrocketed. From the mid 350's, I jumped up to over 400. During this time, I also had trouble with some of these same hygiene issues. I also started having a persistent odor about me, which no amount of bathing would get rid of. Some of my underfolds started getting sore spots, and were also getting itchy and perpetually damp.

What I found was HIBICLENS. It can be found in the pharmacy section, or in the Health & Beauty Aids section. It is a liquid anti-bacterial/anti-fungal. I bought some of the cheap liquid foaming soap, dumped it out and used the dispenser for the HIBICLENS, which makes it last a lot longer. I put the HIBICLENS on the affected areas, and let it sit for a few minutes. I then use the HIBICLENS mixed with my regular body wash and bathe & rinse as normal. After just a few showers, the odor was gone, and the other issues were improving. I now use HIBICLENS as part of my regular daily bathing routine.

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DO NOT GET HIBICLENS IN YOUR EYES OR EARS
If it gets in your eyes, HIBICLENS can cause retinal opacity. And nobody likes getting opaque retinas. If in ears, it can cause hearing loss. Other than that, this stuff is great!

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I'm too lazy right now to reread the entire thread, but I used to have issues with sweating under my breasts and where my gut hangs (there's probably a much nicer way to put that ... apron, maybe?) ... any way ... A & D ointment works good for healing rashes and once the rashes heal, I just use deodorant/antiperspirant. I use it every day and I very seldom have issues with sores any more.



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Hi Angel Ball!

Good to see a post from you! Yes summers are the worst!
I'll consider making this thread a sticky for the upcoming summer months. Thanks for the suggestion!

I love all the Monistat products. They discontinued my favorite powder. All the others I've tried have really strong scents. I can't remember if I tried Summer's Eve or not.

Do you use a hand held shower spray head?

For driving a bus (or any car) I just Googled "mesh seat cushion" and came up with this on Amazon.
www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key
words=mes
h+seat+cushion&tag=googhydr-2
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ex=aps&hvadid=25128380718&hvpos=1
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BR>25576935&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hv
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I'm sure you could search on variations too.

Here's another one on Amazon (same as in the search above too.) Read the reviews. Some are from school bus drivers like you.
www.amazon.com/Allison-39-323
6-Arctic-
Aircool-Cushion/dp/B0002JM69W


How about something like this for the showering? I'm sure you can find similar at other stores too. Sometimes we have to be creative.
Bed Bath & Beyond
www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor
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1040938356?device=c&network=g&matchty<
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Jeez, such long links:)

Hugs!


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Hi, I have taken the time to read through all of these posts and I, too, have many of the same issues. I truly appreciate this group in particular because people are not afraid to discuss embarrassing issues. I haven't been on Spark People in quite some time. I gained more weight and now weigh 465 pounds...my heaviest weight ever. My arms are too short and my butt is too big and I have such a hard time reaching and getting completely clean. I drive a school bus and so it is made even worse as it gets hotter outside, I sweat like crazy in my seat. I needed to see if there us anything out there to help.
One product I do like for under my breasts and body folds is Summer's Eve powder, it works really well at keeping me smelling fresh and prevents chaffing. I also use their body wash in the shower. Their products work really well for me.
I know I have to lose weight, I'm just so frustrated with myself for getting to this point...hate not feeling clean and I definitely do not like smelling bad...anyway thanks for this topic. I really think it should be pinned as I had to search it out...hugggggggssssss, Angel

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For boils I use pink johnsons baby lotion (the old formula as they are planning an update soon). You can see a difference in one day if you have the type it will help.

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I realize this thread is mostly about body sweating but my main problem is my head sweats.
It'is embarrassing to go out because I start sweating and sweat is dripping off my nose. It can be cold or hot, it doesn't matter. People stop me to ask if I am okay or do I need to sit down. Once my head starts, the rest of my body catches up. It's ridiculous! Anyone else have this problem? My docs all think it's my anti-depressant pills and my size. I take a thyroid pill.

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Let us know how it goes and if he has any recommendations that might help us too:)

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Thanks Dusty....

I read up and think that I may need to talk to my doctor about special antiseptic soap and possibly a round of antibiotics. I can't remember a time that I didn't have at least one of these on my legs. Or under my arms. We will see what happens from there....

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Hi Erin emoticon

I think the treatment would depend on if they were boils or boil like?

Check out this article from WebMD
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In general keeping the area clean and dry (a few times during the day) until it/they clear up.





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I just joined your group and am so happy to see other people who are having the same issues as I am. I have constant issues where my legs attach to the trunk of my body. I have always got boil like sores that leak in that area? Anyone have any ideas?

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Hi All!

I just saw this ad here on SparkPeople. For anyone who might be interested they're offering a free sample:

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Thanks for all the great info

plus I always thought I was the only one having some of these issues.

Never thought of using deodorant that way - what a fab idea!

Must say the posts did give me a bit of a giggle as well (I do have a wrapped sense of humour plus what can you do sometimes but laugh when the alternative is to cry) as some read almost like baking recipes.
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Hi Windy!

I'm glad you found this thread! It definitely helps to know that you (we) aren't alone. That's why I started this team so we would all be able to help and support each other. I know so many think that "they're the only ones". NOT! LOL!

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I have stayed up till 3am reading every post in this thread! Thank you to everyone who cares enough to share your experiences with personal hygiene. I only told 1 person about this problem, and she blabbed to a lot of ppl, who looked at me funny from then on...I was so embarrassed! :O
I feel some healing has taken place tonight, as I read all these replies...Someone understands! WOW! It's like taking a deep breath after being underwater!
I never could use the plastic thing they gave me at the hospital. It just didn't work! I threaded tp thru the handle end of my toilet bowl brush so I could reach where I needed to. I used a lot of baby wipes and baby powder with corn starch...But I could not get into my tub to bathe, so my daughter got me some liquid soap at the drug store that I could use on a wet wash cloth to clean all the places I could reach...it had a pleasant scent and did not require rinsing---which was the best I could do for a very long time... And I just stayed home because there was no way I could carry my commode brush with me to someone's house or anywhere else!
Like some others, this was the main reason I started making changes...a part of my problem was I was so inactive that my muscles would hardly work. Now that I got under 300 lbs, I can get into my shower and bathe, and I can clean all the parts of my body...
How I thank God every time I take a shower! :)
Sorry this was so long...just had to say:
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Wow...as so many have said, I am so grateful for this topic if for no other reason than to let me know that I am not alone.

Thanks for the courage of the OP (and all those who have followed).


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I'm still glad this thread is here. Unfortunately since losing weight my skin issues have actually gotten worse. I now have a new fold around my waist that is "deeper" now that I've lost weight and am getting rashes there too now. But I'm so glad to have all these tips and I'll be going to the pharmacy tomorrow to see if I can find some stuff.

It's a little discouraging that my skin issues are getting worse, I just hope they get better at some point.

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I am glad that I found this area. I have struggled in this area. I had a real odor problem when I started taking fish oil. I have now take only one pill a day and that has helped. I use the handicapped toilet, so that I clean and wipe properly. I am now beginning to use panty liners to help me stay dry and odorless. When I shower, I always use a deordant soap like Lever 2000. I prefer the liquid and I can cover more area. I soap up from head to toe and scrub. Then I use a bath and body to have the feminine smell. Sometimes I use a vaginal wash, also. I try to keep some type of wipes in my purse, feminine "lemon" scent or baby powder. I have also use baby wipes to clean when I am out in public. (Do not put baby wipes in the toilet.) On special hot days, I may take a short shower at night and a longer shower in the morning.. I also take a water pills, so I do not want to worry about smelling like urine. Also, cotton underwear only.

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Hey all. I'm new here but I wanted to share a couple of things that I use to help with my "underfolds". Generally I lotion/Vaseline up after my shower and then comes the dreaded underfolds! I don't put lotion/Vaseline there because I don't want to promote moisture and open the door to the lovely world of the yeasty beasties.
If I'm in a rush I'll just go for the handy dandy deodorant/antiperspirant but this is not my first choice. I found liquid baby powder works wonders! I dry off the area really well then use it just as I would my lotion on other areas.While some of my favorite (unscented) brands have been discontinued I just recently found that Dollar Tree carries another brand. (I'll be checking it out soon!) Another similar product who's marketing is a bit on the risque side is made by a company called "So Fresh So Dry". www.sofreshsodry.com
Hope these work as well for you as they have for me! :D

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I don't like when I get those heat rashes under my breasts. They really burn and itch like crazy! I use the deodorant baby powder/shower powder sometimes after I take a shower. But that burns.

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Great post.... Like someone mentioned, I read every single one and took notes... it's so strange to realize this is not a solitary problem.... Love this team. Thank you all for the tips.... emoticon

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I have a "flap" from 3 c-sections and from excess fat. I get horrible heat rashes in the summer. I've discovered that if I use creamy Desitin just overnight, it clears right up and I can go back to my baby powder with aloe. Desitin is a little "sticky," but it works great! I use the WalMart brand. It's about $2.00 cheaper.



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Lala, I use my antiperspirant. I agree, you do have the pasty build-up but it washes off. That beats the rash and itchy feeling and any other discomfort (for you or others) that goes along with it. So far, it's worked well for me. Good luck.

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Hi all! I just wanted to tell you about Zeasorb AF (antifungal). You can ask for it from your pharmacist, as they usually do not have it on the display shelf. It is not a prescription. I use it for yeast problems in folds of skin.

After I have solved the yeast problem, I use Ammens powder in my skin folds, and now, after many years, I have no more yeast problem.

I told my gynecologist about my skin problem and she gave me a prescription to clear it, and it did. My dermatologist had been giving me skin prescriptions for years, and it did nothing to actually clear the yeast.

Never be shy to ask for a second, or third opinion. My gynecologist was my third opinion.

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Where do you find the deodrant crystals? I have really enjoyed the blogs here.

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Thank you for this brilliant post,I am sure it has helped so many,One of my best friends worked in a nursing home many years ago, and one of the best tips she gave me was using roll-on deodorant for chafing in the groin ,or under the breast area.
But the one I appreciated most of all was using a hand towel instead of a face washer in the shower,it works great for me.I lather it up with my Pears soap, and can wash myself so much easier.
I saw mentioned the Viva Paper towels, they are great for keeping dry in personal area's .I always look for the Handicap sign on the toilets as there is plenty of room, and like most of you hate using public toilets.
I often wonder why Toilets are made to one size and height only.why dont they make some them higher and wider..as for people with knee and hip, or back pain would find it much easier to get up..
There are some big people in the world that are big without being fat, I pity a person over 6ft having to sit on some of the small toilets that I often see in the shopping centre's,I am 5ft 6ins tall and have bad Arthritis in my knees and left hip.at times its agony to get off a low chair or any seat.
I think its wonderful to be able to share and talk about the things that upset us, and we go on punishing ourself,feeling shame ,and thinking its only us with this problem.
Thank you all for the comfort and understanding. your a wonderful group of friends, and I am proud to be part of this team.

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I know! It was brave of Sharon (GRAMMIEP5) to start this topic a couple of years ago.

I've also gotten a lot of SparkMail saying it was a great help. All of us can definitely relate to so much.

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I went back and read each and every post and made a note of all the tips that were listed. I am now able to help myself in some areas as well as pass on this great information to others in the same situations.

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Thanks so much for this topic, I've picked up quite a few great things to try!!!

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For those nasty under the breast heat rashes, try wearing sports bras that are made of cotton knit. They wick away the moisture much better than nylon bras.



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What a great lot of information! Way to go!

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Thanks for the link Heather!

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Ladies,

I was on amplestuff.com. They sell tummy liners to put under the "stomach flap". Check them out.

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Thanks for the heads up on cornstarch. I thought cornstarch was the better option to use.



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Hi All,

Guess I am a little late to this topic but I didn't see anyone mention my # 1 thing, Viva paper towels. I am a very pear-shaped, super sized lady with a big belly and bad lymphedema on the right thigh (read basketball sized growth) I used to get horrible yeasty type yucky goo, blisters etc under my belly roll. I did the power, the corn starch * if you have a yeast type infection going on, do NOT use corn starch, it feeds the yeast! I am very fortunate, I have 2 older, large friends that clued me in to Viva paper towels. Viva is very soft - though it used to be softer but it still is way softer than regular paper towels. After my shower, I make sure all my folds are VERY dry, if it is summer time or I feel that prickly thing starting, I fold some Viva and put it in my folds. This keeps me dry, absorbs moisture and you can throw it away when you are done. If need be, you can replace it during the day. This is much cleaner than powder and safer than the sprays - which sometimes can make stuff worse. I have used this on my lymphedema thigh fold and it has been great. With Lymphedema, the risk is always cellulitus, so I am diligent about keeping things dry.

A number of you also mentioned the crystal deodorant, this is a great thing too, especially for under breasts, and folds and such.

For me, sugar can be an issue, it can cause things to flair up. I am dairy allergic and wheat sensitive, I find if I am not careful in what I eat, I can get myself into trouble as well. Food allergies are a pain, but they are the underlying cause of a lot of "other" issues.

Finally, the Hygiene issue. I don't like public restrooms - no matter what my size is but they are a fact of life. I try to make sure I have taken care of everything before I leave home but sometimes you just have to take care of your business away from home. UGH!! I too have a maneuver I call the twist & shout. I twist around to wipe but brace myself against the wall of the the restroom stall. It helps me balance and also helps me make sure I "hit my target"

At home, I use a hand held shower to make sure everything is clean and nice :) * just another note, be gentle with cleansing your delicate areas, these areas are delicate! Deodorant and anti-bacterial soaps are harsh and can do more harm than good. Try to use something made for those areas, they tend to be more gentle and at the correct Ph for that area of the body. I mention this only because I have caused myself a lot of unnecessary suffering in the name of cleanliness!! I have never wanted to be a "stinky fat lady" and I did used to over clean myself. be gentle my dear ones! Hope that helps!

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I am sooooooooooooo glad that I found this team. I wish I had found it when I was starting out. I belong to several teams and I would never dream of bringing up some of these topics because there is no way that some of them could relate or understand. There's no place like home-Team 300 lbs. Plus!


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Hi, second post here, still need to formally introduce myself. Just wanted to add something while it was fresh on my mind. A lot of the ideas seem great so far.

For bathroom hygiene you may consider this item it is actually a diaper sprayer but it is basically a mini shower head on a hose that very simply hooks up to a toilet. I've never used one but thought of it when considering how some countries have bidets. www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.ph
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As for odor I like to use those natural deoderant crystals. Aside from being an amazing deoderant that lasts forever before you have to buy a new one they also kill some bacteria. women of all sizes have their own unique odor issues in the feminine areas. Well, this takes care of it almost all day. I used to use max stregth feminine spray but my DH didn't like it. this leaves a very nice freshness without perfume. works on soles of feet, under breasts, anywhere moist. Also comes in a spray for for hard to reach areas.
www.thecrystal.com/

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Wow! Good topic ladies, I too have had the rashes and that drive me crazy! I use baby powder, and when it itches like crazy I use inti itch cream it usually burns but it takes the itch away! I have noticed this being a problem just recently, I was thinking maybe all of the crunches I been doing, its moving the fat down toward that area! I don't know. One other thing I noticed is that I sweat undercontrollable! Under my arms is the biggest problem, with odor that I cant even stand! I have noticed now that I am drinking lots of water it has helped some. Thank you ladies for sharing!

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