Itch Only Occurs at Night

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I recently thought I had a yeast infection and took a home test to determine if it that's what it was. As it turns out, I was perfectly clear. However, the itching has not stopped. Oddly enough, my labia and vulva are so painfully itchy and red at night, but during the day the itch lets up and I'm able to get on with my day. I can't get a Gyno appointment until next week, but I was just wondering what this could be in the mean time. I'm so uncomfortable and the itch is so bad that literally the only thing that relieves me is placing ice inside my vagina. I know you can't diagnose over the web and I hope to see a gynecologist soon, but in the mean time, could you explain a possibility for what this is/why it only comes at night. If it helps, I'm nineteen and I've never had sex, so it can't be an STD. I'm very concerned, thank you.

Signed: Itch Only Occurs at Night

Dear Itch Only Occurs at Night,

 

Our first suggestion would be for you to go see your doctor but you already have that covered. The only other thing we could suggest is that the itching at night might be caused by an allergic reaction to something you are coming in contact with at night time. Have you started using any new hygiene products, body lotion, soaps or anything else you can think of? Bought a new pair of pajamas, changed what you wear to bed or have wearing tight restrictive clothing to bed?

 

If the itching get worse call your doctor and see if you can come in sooner or if there is any over the counter product that would relieve your discomfort. An antihistamine such as Benadryl can ease the itching but you really should consult with your doctor first. The issue here is that an antihistamine could affect another medical condition or interact with another medication you are taking. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor or her/his office first whenever taking a new medication whether it is non-prescription, homeopathic or natural.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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