Hello Murphycat ,I am a new contributor here but have had AV for some time now .I had vulva cancer 5 years ago and had to have a radical vulvectomy which left the area very sore, I am also post menapausal and recently had a dodgy vaginal discharge .I saw my gynae/onc yesterday who has prescribed Vagifem for the vaginal atrophy but also canesten HC for soreness of the vulva .I also have lidocaine 5% to help numb the area which I use twice a day .I know they say that a cortisone cream will thin the skin in time but only use a tiny amount each time and not for to long .I do hope you feel better soon
As is common with most medical treatments, there are situations in which Hydrocortisone 1% cream should be used cautiously or not at all. If you have a skin infection (such as impetigo, herpes simplex, or a fungal infection) and if you have reacted to other steroid preparations before, Hydrocortisone 1% is not recommended. It’s advised you don’t use this cream on the face or around the anal or genital areas unless told to do so by your doctor. You shouldn’t use this treatment if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients.