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Does vaginal lubricants containing propylene glycol cause epithelial tissue damage?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: Can ingredients like propylene glycol in some lubricants cause permanent damage to vaginal epithelial tissue? I've found online that it causes burning that I've been experiencing for the last two wks but very worried about long term effects. STDs , BV & yeast have been ruled out. Would you recommend a steroid anti fungal like nystatin cream?
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Answered by Dr. Soumya (53 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No Permanent damage

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I understand your concerns about damage caused by propylene glycol.

Let me reassure you that propylene glycol will not cause permanent damage to vaginal epithelium. This is temporary damage to epithelium and not a permanent damage. Vaginal epithelium regenerates fast.

I dont advice you to use steroid or fungal cream.

There are no long term effects to worry about.

Let me know if you need anymore help.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Soumya (6 hours later)
Thank you. That is a relief. What do you recommend to help with healing since this burning has been going on for a few weeks now?are there other prescription meds that would be helpful or should i wait longer to see if this resolves on its own?
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Answered by Dr. Soumya (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Wash with warm water

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Follow sitz bath.

Means sit in a small tub with warm water and antiseptic twice a day.

This will heal.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Soumya (3 hours later)
Thank you. I was told 1/3 cup baking soda with sitz bath, is baking soda ok to use?
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Answered by Dr. Soumya (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Yes. Baking soda can be used.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does vaginal lubricants containing propylene glycol cause epithelial tissue damage?

Brief Answer: No Permanent damage Detailed Answer: Hi, I understand your concerns about damage caused by propylene glycol. Let me reassure you that propylene glycol will not cause permanent damage to vaginal epithelium. This is temporary damage to epithelium and not a permanent damage. Vaginal epithelium regenerates fast. I dont advice you to use steroid or fungal cream. There are no long term effects to worry about. Let me know if you need anymore help. Regards