I can't quite figure this one out.
The last few weeks I've been having a lot of dry skin all over, so I've been using coconut oil to soothe it. This includes my arms, hands, elbows, legs, and yes, vulva (or outer labia…whatever the term is, my anatomy is failing me at the moment). I haven't had any trouble whatsoever until this morning. I put some on my vulva last night as usual, and when I woke up this morning, felt like the entire area was on fire. When I took a look in the mirror, the entire area around the outside of the center was red, irritated, and itching.
( | ) <– imagine the line is the center of the vulva, each side for about an inch and a half out is beet red and top area (away from my vaginal opening) is actually swollen – and the most painful.
My first thought was that the coconut oil reacted with me, but why would it all of a sudden? I hadn't had the smallest inkling that there was anything wrong until today. Anyone else have bad reactions to the oil? My other thought was maybe it was my good old pal yeast rearing its ugly head AGAIN (I get them in the crease of my leg on and off), but it seems like it came out of nowhere if it is (no trouble prior to today, no discharge, etc.). It's only external pain – nothing internal or anywhere outside of that area surrounding the center. I've been putting aloe on it to make the itching chill out long enough for me to get things done around here, but is there anything better I might do?
What do you all think? Bad reaction to coconut oil or yeast gone wild?