Below are the different types of vulvar skin conditions and what you need to know about them. As there is substantial overlap in the physical signs of various vulvar dermatoses, women with any vulva problems are advised to consult a medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Vulvar eczema is inflammation of the skin resulting from an external agent that acts either as an irritant or an allergen to produce a rash.
The vulva is the external female sex organs plus the urethral opening and anus. The vagina is the internal passage which runs from the cervix neck of the womb at its top end and opens out at its bottom end into the vulva. The vagina is used for having a menstrual period, vaginal sex or giving birth.
A rash in your vaginal area can have many different causes, including contact dermatitis, an infection or autoimmune condition, and parasites. Treatment varies, depending on the cause of the rash. Home remedies may also relieve the symptoms.
Vulvar pruritus is the most common symptom of skin disease. In evaluating vulvar pruritus, it is helpful to differentiate women with acute symptoms from those with chronic symptoms. Acute anogenital pruritus often is infectious, with allergic and irritant contact dermatitis playing a role in some cases. Genital infections such as trichomoniasis and cadidiasis as well as dermatitis should be considered in the differential.
Photo: rf. But problems affecting your private area are nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, if you have vulvar problems, it is important to consult a medical professional in order to rule out potentially life-threatening illnesses like cancer and get proper advice on treatment.
Handbook of Gynecology pp Cite as. Many benign diseases can affect the vulva. These varied conditions can present similarly, often with pain, burning, pruritus, vaginal discharge, and dyspareunia.
According to the World Health Organization criteria, geriatric population is people above 60 years of age. In this phase of life, a woman has already gone through menopause and its associated emotional, physical, and hormonal changes. These changes are due to gradual loss of estrogen that comes with menopause which results in dramatic changes in the appearance of vulva and vagina.
IT'S a painful condition that can cause itching and burning down there - enough to have any woman reading this firmly crossing their legs. Just when you thought you had enough to worry about after realising having a "depressed" vagina is a thing ; women are also at risk of vaginal atrophy. This is because the body produces less oestrogen than normal, which has a knock on effect on how the vaginal wall behaves.
This CKS topic covers the initial management of adult women presenting with the symptom of vulval itch pruritus vulvae. It contains advice on diagnosis and general symptomatic treatment for vulval conditions that present with itching. This CKS topic does not cover detailed information on the management of specific causes of pruritus vulvae.