Hi, I had some itching/swelling/pain on the left side of my clitoral hood soon after getting my period last week. I woke up to a burning itching sensation & checked my vulva to find that one side of my clitoris was VERY swollen. I didn't do anything to it besides investigate with my fingers, & the symptoms went down some later that day, & periodically flared up again. I would have 1-2 hrs where everything would look fine, maybe minor swelling, and then it would come back, but not as bad as the 1st time. That evening I got a rash/hives on my hips (maybe unrelated). By midnight, almost my entire trunk and my upper arms were covered, & some on my face, thighs. I took Benadryl & slept.
Next day the body rash was gone except some on my arm & torso. But vulva conditions were about same, minor flare ups on the clitoral hood with itching and swelling that came & went. Each flare lasted ~45-90min. I used vagisil medicated wipes which worked for a little while. By evening the body rash returned, but not nearly as bad, just around hips, torso,wrists,& face. Next day it was gone except for on my elbow.
I've been unable to find any lesions or spots on my vulva. I saw a nurse practitioner Tues morning & she couldn't either. She only saw minor irritation. She didn't think it was herpes & swabbed my vagina for yeast and bacteria, & were negative. She thinks it is allergic, b/c of the body rash. I got a prednisone shot & some prednisone pills, which I am still taking. The shot didn't immediately work--I had prolonged, minor itching & pain in the same clitoral region thru-out that day. It would disappear for 15-30 min but then return. The discomfort was not as severe as the 1st 2 days, but would come for longer periods of time. Could this be a sign of herpes? It has been a few days since & the clitoral issues are mostly subsided, but I still have a fleeting, itchy, raw feeling that comes and goes quickly, but no swelling, redness or lesions that I can find.