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Vulvar Itching Worse At Night
Vulvar itching worse at night often comes with irritation, burning, pain, discharge and other unpleasant symptoms.
For this reason, a big part of the vulvar itching treatment, is to get the right diagnosis. Vaginal itch can be caused by different reasons, each may need a completely different treatment.
Vulvar Itching: What Should I Do?
In our practice, we have worked with a large number of vaginal infections. Here our the most important guidelines and things you can do to help you treat and relieve the vulvar itching.
We covered the top causes, symptoms, common mistakes to avoid, and FAQ.
1. Why Does My Vagina Itch At Night
There are two main reasons that can cause vulvar itching worse at night:
- We are usually less distracted at night. So we become more aware of the vulvar itching.
- The sleeping position and lack of movement.
2. Vulvar Itching Treatment
When it comes to vaginal itching, it is always best to get tested by your doctor.
If you are looking for a natural way to try to at home:
Are you using any products at night?
Your vaginal itching can be aggravated by different products you may use. Many creams, feminine hygiene products, soaps, scented wipes or tampons contain chemicals that can make the vulvar itching worse. Douching is also known to cause more irritation. Stop using any of these product for a few days and see if it helps.
When a quick relief is needed:
Ozonated olive oil is one of the best natural remedies for vaginal and vulvar itching that is also backed up by science as effective and safe. Unlike many vaginal creams that can cause more irritation and burning on your already irritated vagina, Ozonated olive oil has a unique ability to reduce the infection on one hand, while helping to soothe skin irritation and accelerate wound healing at the same time.
To use Ozonated olive oil: apply it after shower before bedtime for a few days, and see if it helps.
Learn more about Ozonated olive oil: Ozonated olive oil for vaginal infections.
3. When To See Your Doctor
If the vulvar itching has been going on for over a week, we highly recommend that you should see your doctor. To make sure you get the right diagnosis, it is important to share with your doctor other symptoms you have. In many cases, patients don’t see the connection between the vulvar itching to symptoms in other areas in the body.
We’ll cover the most common symptoms and possible causes of vulvar itching next.
Vulvar Itching Causes
One of the most common vulvar itching causes is a vaginal yeast infection. It is estimated that 3 out of 4 women will suffer from yeast infection at one point in their lives (1).
When your vulvar itching or vaginal itching is caused by a yeast infection, you usually have one or more of the following signs:
- Feel: Intense itchiness of the vulva (vulvar pruritus). Strong urge to scratch.
- Discharge: Thick, chunky, curd like discharge, looks like cottage cheese. White or light yellow.
- No odor: no smell or mild bread yeast like smell.
- Pain: Irritation, swelling, soreness and burning.
Sometimes the pain also occurs during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia). Pain or burning during urination (dysuria) may also occur as the infection evolves. Certain medication, antibiotics, high sugar diet and chronic stress are common causes of yeast infections.
Treat The Cause, Not The Symptoms
Very often the vaginal yeast infection is caused by a systemic yeast imbalance in the body, as a result of the overgrowth of a yeast-like fungi called candida. In this case, there are usually additional symptoms in different areas in the body. Skin infections, feet, digestive issues, mood swings are common examples. This can change the treatment options:
|Vagina only||Antifungal creams.
|Vagina & other symptoms in the body||Systemic candida treatment.
Antifungal creams (Vulvar itching relief).
To learn more about yeast infection treatment for women, see: vaginal yeast infection.
Vulvar Itching & STDs
Vulvar itching worse at night & STDs Risk: Discharge with odor.
Vaginal itching can be caused by STDs. A common alarming symptom is discharge with odor. Especially offensive fishy smelling discharge. This requires an immediate medical attention. It may also be contagious.
Related Medical Names
Based on many questions we get, below are the related medical names to Vulvar itching worse at night:
- Pruritus Vulvae is the medical name for an itchy vulva.
- Vaginitis is the medical name for inflammation of the vagina.
- Trichomoniasis (trich) is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite. Trichomoniasis usually cause a fishy smelling discharge. Other common symptoms include itchy vag lips and vaginal itching.
- What does a yeast infection look like?
Yeast infection looks like cottage cheese discharge which has a thick chunky curd like appearance. Yeast infection is usually odorless, although some people describe the yeast infection smell as similar to bread yeast. The discharge color is usually milky white or light yellow.
- Can men get yeast infections?
Men can get yeast infections by having unprotected sex with someone who has a yeast infection.
Yeast infection in men can also occur as a result of a candida overgrowth in the body. This is a common misconception about male yeast infection. Men can get yeast infections too.