The vulva is the external portion of the female genitalia and is susceptible to a number of dermatological issues that can cause discomfort with urination, sexual intercourse, and daily activities.
Fortunately, a gynecologist with expertise in vulva dermatology can assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of various types of vulvar disease, including folliculitis, contact dermatitis, lichen planus, and lichen sclerosus.
Continue reading to learn all about vulva dermatology, including the different types, causes, and symptoms of vulvar disease and how your gynecologist can help.
What Is Vulva Dermatology?
Vulva dermatology involves conditions or diseases that affect the external portion of the genitalia known as the vulva.
Often times, vulva dermatology issues present with uncomfortable itching, burning, and stinging that can interfere with intimacy and daily activities.
Common types of vulvar disease include: Folliculitis, contact dermatitis, lichen planus, lichen sclerosus, lichen simplex chronicus, Bartholin gland cysts, and vulvodynia.
What Are the Causes of Vulvar Disease?
Dr. Hall will conduct a thorough history and perform necessary exams and testing to determine the underlying cause of your vulvar disease.
Potential triggers can include:
Shaving, waxing, and friction; allergic reactions to skincare and cleansing products; infections; inflammatory skin disorders; Human papillomavirus (HPV); and blockage of the Bartholin gland.
Why See a Gynecologist That Specializes in Vulva Dermatology?
A gynecologist that has extensive experience and expertise in vulva dermatology can assist you with a wide-range of issues. This includes diagnosis and treatment of the following symptoms:
- Swelling, bumps, or raised red areas on the vulva
- Itching or burning
- Inflammation of the hair follicles in the vulvar area (folliculitis)
- Sores or blisters on the vulva
- Abnormal vaginal discharge or odor
Learn More About Vulva Dermatology
If you are experiencing any vulva dermatology issues, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified gynecologist Dr. Melinda Hall.