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Hi all,I have heard several women in this forum mention Always pads in connection with allergic reactions. I used them when they just had come out and I absolutely loved them!!!What exactly is the problem with these pads?
 

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This is scary...I use Always pads, and now I wonder if I should switch. I have trouble with tampons, because I have Interstitial Cystitis, which is like having a bladder infection 24/7
Tampons make that MUCH worse. I am also a plus-sized lady (not as plus-sized as I once was, but neverthelsss, still plus-sized) and I like Always because they make the bigger sized pads for sizes 14 and up. But I wonder if they could be irritating my bladder?? I think I may try another brand next month and just see what happens.
 

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I have sensitive skin, and the Always pads definitely make things worse. The last time I used Always, my skin turned white and sloughed off, leaving me very raw and inflammed. I'm not sure if it's the adhesive or what because I break out when I use Band-Aids, medical tape, steri-strips, etc.
 

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The only pads I've found that don't give me problems are the mega-cheap economy ones, which is handy as they're only 19p a pack in Sainsburys. I think this is because they can't afford to put that plastic layer on the cheap ones, and that's what sets me off itching.
 

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Wow! I thought I was the only one who had an issue with Always pads. I was using them for several years without problems. Then one day I had a severe reaction. Terrible burning and rash. I ran straight to the ob/gyn not knowing what on earth was wrong. She said without a doubt it was an allergic reaction. Turns out I bought scented always by mistake. Now I can't wear any type of always. I get an almost instant tingling/stinging feeling as soon as I try one. I have to wear the all cotton unscented brands now.
 

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What do you think it is about Always that makes them different? I've been buying them but rarely use them as my period is light enough for just tampons for a couple days and then pantiliners. I know they have that dri-weave thing on top. That always gets stuck to me when I wear them, which is annoying. Other than that, I haven't noticed much. I wonder what makes them different?
 

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Scented anything can give me trouble in that area. Once I used some deodorant tampons a friend gave me
Fragrances irritate a lot of people.The only time I get at all irritated when wearing pads (usually Always) is if I wait too long to change them. With the dry-weave, you feel dry a lot longer than you do with more diaper-y pads, and perhaps that means people leave them on longer than they should??We're all different and something I'm really sensitive to many not bother others. I'm just so surprised that Always bothers so many people when they don't bother me, when I'm infamous for reacting to stuff.
 

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I had a bad reaction to Always pads many years ago and--it could just be a coincidence--but I've had vulvodynia ever since. I think the problem with them is the "stay dry" barrier, which is really just a piece of plastic mesh covering the top of the pad. It's not only abrasive, but could irritate anyone who is sensitive to plastic.
 

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Ziglady - I did a search to find out what vulvodynia is.. what are your symptoms? I have symptoms that come every month I have mentioned it to the doctor several times and had swabs done. I use 'Always' too! HmmmThanks for your input.
 

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Sorry it took so long to respond to this, Married Mom. I didn't see it until yesterday, and then I was too snowed under with work to visit the Board.Like IBS, vulvodynia is diagnosis of exclusion after all other possible causes have been ruled out such as infections, eczema, lichen planus, etc. I belong to an online support group that you can join at vulvodynia###yahoogroups.com They have a lot of good information although, like here, things can occasionally get contentious. A lot of the women have the same thing I do--I call it the "Terrible Trio"--of IBS, interstitial cystitis and vulvodynia. Besides IBS D, my symptoms include burning, itching, pain, skin that tears easily with fissures that look like "paper cuts," frequency of urination (it feels like I have to go right after I'm done going) and bladder spasms. Having symptoms only during a certain part of your cycle like you describe is typical of one type of vulvodynia. A lot of doctors (even gynos) don't know much about it, and it's very hard to find a specialist to treat you. The NVA (at NVA.com) has a list, I believe.
 

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I also use Stayfree, I like the "4 wall protection". I do like the Always pantyliners though, they stay put! I use tampons during the day and pads at night. I think I buy Tampax brand tampons but it doesn't matter as long as they are super absorbency (otherwise they leak!!)
 

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have you tried bodyform?i think im going to go for the 19p Sainsburys ones - thank you for the person who recommended this! I think it could be the plastic layer that is making me itch towards the end of my period.I used a tampon once a few years ago and it was horrible. I couldn't focus on anything else but the fact that it was there.i like the night time sanitary towels....for night time obviously! They are much more comfortable for night times.
 

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I finally discovered what was causin a oder down there...the type of bleach used in most tampons, pads and toilet paper....I use natracare tampons (which also has led to less crampin and smell) and pads, also I buy trader joes toliet paper....its non-cholrine bleach and has made my life so much happier!
Always dont bother me its just the smell a lot of those products leave!...even if it is unsented+panda+
 
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