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A toilet paper allergy is certainly awkward — and if you suspect you have one, you may wonder how you'll handle your personal hygiene needs in the future! Here's what to look out for, and what to do next. 

Symptoms Of A Toilet Paper Allergy

Toilet paper allergy symptoms include local skin reactions to the allergen. Usually, the symptoms include mild burning, itching, discomfort, and redness, while severe allergic reactions are extremely rare

The most common agent that causes the reaction is bleach. 

The technology of toilet paper production is complex, and many substances are involved in the whole process. Expensive brands of toilet paper are usually the ones that contain more chemicals — to make white, soft, durable, fluffy paper, manufacturers need to treat the toilet paper heavily. 

Porous, grayish paper is cheaper, and less attractive with a lower quality, but is not packed with chemicals.

Vulvar discomfort is quite a common symptom among women. The most common cause is a yeast infection or bacterial infection. Toilet paper allergy as the cause of a vulvar discomfort, although considered uncommon, is not as rare as you may think [1].

First things first! The most common underlying cause of vulvar discomfort is vulvovaginitis. Have in mind that some conditions may present with vulvar pain as a symptom, and here, we are going to point out only to the most common symptoms and causes.

Vulvovaginitis symptoms include the following:

  • Vaginal discharge change in color, odor or volume.
  • Itching and irritation in the vaginal area.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Painful urination.

Vulvovaginitis is usually caused by infection (bacterial, viral or yeast) in adult women, while in young girls, mechanical irritation of the vulva with a consequent infection is a common cause.

The most common skin disease that may be the underlying cause of vulvovaginitis are [2]:

  • Lichen Simplex Chronicus
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Vulvar Paget’s disease

Other than the vagina, the anus may be affected as well. Redness, itch, irritation, and burning, around the anus may point to a toilet paper allergy.

Typically, skin changes occur only on the spots where the contact between the skin and paper happened. Generalized rashes and other manifestations are rare.

How To Treat A Toilet Paper Allergy?

If you think that a toilet paper allergy may be the cause of your health problems, stop using it immediately. Instead, you can use hypoallergenic wipes which are available in pharmacies and malls.

The symptoms should subside within a three or four days after you stop using the toilet paper. Until they subside, use hydrant creams and warm baths with mild baby soap. In case the symptoms are so severe that they interfere with your everyday life, ask your doctor for further instructions.

Having a toilet paper allergy does not mean that you won’t be able to use it ever again. You just have to find the brand that your skin tolerates well. As mentioned above, less expensive brands are usually “chemically cleaner,” and chances are that the brand you are looking for is somewhere on the less expensive end of the scale.  

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